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California Crime Writers Conference 2017

June 10 & 11, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)

At DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles - Westside,
6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, California

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America invite emerging and established mystery writers for a weekend of invaluable guidance, insight, and community at the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference. Whether your novel is brewing in your imagination, ready to publish, or you already have several published books under your belt, our workshops, presented by agents, editors, award-winning authors, and crime investigation professionals, are geared to elevate your mystery writing skills and foster relationships on your path to publication and beyond.

Special Guests:

Hallie Ephron
Speaker, Writing Teacher, and NY Times Best-Selling Author of 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Finalist Night Night, Sleep Tight
William Kent Krueger
NY Times Best-Selling Edgar Award-Winning Author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O'Conner series

  • Two days of sessions featuring Craft, Forensics/Crime Solving, Publishing Industry, and Marketing experts
  • Keynote Luncheons
  • Networking Event Friday Evening
  • Agent & Editor Cocktail Party Saturday Evening
  • Manuscript Consults (additional fee)
  • Book Room
  • Charity Auction

Be a Star on "Author Idol"


Saturday, June 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Here's your chance to shine while getting free advice from top agents and editors. Print out page one of your novel or short story, not to exceed 250 words, and drop the page(s) into the Author Idol box at the workshop door as you enter. You can include your name or remain anonymous, at least until the applause begins. Our moderator, award-winning author and actor Harley Jane Kozak, will read selected submissions with Oscar-worthy gusto. The esteemed panel of judges, including agents Danielle Eagan-Miller, Joanna MacKenzie, and Jill Marr; and editors Annette Rogers, Eric Campbell, and Emily Giglierano will provide immediate feedback. By the end of the workshop, the judges will crown an "Author Idol." Fun and educational, so fire up those creative juices and bring your work!

Harley Jane Kozak's Dating Dead Men won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and was followed by four more novels. Her short prose has appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Sun, Santa Monica Review and the anthologies Mystery Muses, This is Chick Lit, A Hell of a Woman, Butcher Knives and Body Counts, The Rich and the Dead, and Crimes by Moonlight. Harley's also an actor, recently seen in I Spit On Your Grave III. (Yes.)

Friday Evening:

Do you like your crime fiction hardboiled as a ten-minute egg? Do you like your cozy as sweet as Grandma's apple pie? How about hearing the hardest boiled authors you know reading about the cat who solved the crime? Or listening to a cozy author describe death with a rusty knife?

Join us for Miscast on a freaky Friday night before the conference starts, to hear authors of all genres switch places and read each other's work. You'll hear voices you know and love, reading the opposite of what they write.

Come on down to the Culver Club in the Doubletree lobby for a drink, a few laughs, and maybe a blush or two from our readers. It will be a reading like no other.

Featuring authors Glen Erik Hamilton, Harley Jane Kozak, Matt Coyle, Elaine Ash, Jeri Westerson, Kate Carlisle, SW Lauden, and Daryl Wood Gerber.

Friday, June 9
8-10 p.m.
Culver Club
Lobby, DoubleTree by Hilton, Culver City


Volunteers are the heartbeat of our conference — generous folks who give their time to make CCWC run smoothly. As a volunteer, you are "part of" instead of "at," and will leave with a sense of belonging and accomplishment. Not to mention the new friends you’ll make.

We’re searching for volunteers to fill slots on Saturday and Sunday as Session Room Monitors or to work in the Silent Auction Room or the Goody Bag Book Room. We also need helpers for pre-conference assembly on Friday and post-conference breakdown on Sunday.

If you’re interested, email our Volunteer Coordinator, Carole Sojka, with the task (session or job, day & time) you prefer. Thank you!

Praise from past attendees —

"...CCWC was well-run, extremely well organized, had great speakers, panelists and events that made it fun (movie night anyone?). The people were open and friendly and I think everyone who attended felt it was well worth the money they spent." ~Jessica Faust, Bookends Literary Agency

"(CCWC) was a total pleasure. High energy, good laughter, smart participants, fine organization, lively attendees. I had a great time." ~Annette Rogers, Poisoned Pen Press

"Very open and accepting, supportive and awesome atmosphere for an unpublished author. I did a MS Critique and met all of the editors at the cocktail party and really clicked with one in particular, which helps me to set my sights on being published a bit step closer. I will definitely plan to attend in the future and bring another writer with me!" ~2015 attendee

"Great speakers, good panel subjects, warm and inviting atmosphere." ~2015 attendee

"I've been to a lot of conferences/conventions. This one was never boring and covered a lot of different subjects very well. I loved that there were things to do at night. Excellent for networking." ~2015 attendee

"Writers spending time with writers, not 'selling' books. The host groups are outstanding and the volunteers get all A's!" ~2015 attendee

"The venue made it very easy for people to mingle. I also loved how approachable the editors and agents were. I got the feeling that everyone-published or not-felt welcome and comfortable." ~2015 attendee

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