Conference

The 2019 California Crime Writers Conference, co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America SoCal Chapter and Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, is gearing up to be an exciting weekend.

In addition to keynote speeches by our two guests of honor, Tess Gerritsen and Catriona McPherson, each guest of honor will also be teaching a writing workshop. Plus, we are taking advantage of our proximity to Hollywood to bring in producers and screenwriters to discuss book options, adaptations, and what to do when Hollywood calls. All of this in addition to craft panels, forensic workshops, and the fun and fellowship you’ve come to expect from CCWC.

So save the date! Conference dates are June 8-9, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Culver City, CA.

Registration and hotel blocks are NOW OPEN! Click here for registration info.

See you there!

Any questions? Shoot us an e-mail at ccwconference@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Although we wish we controlled the world, alas, we don’t. As always, all guests and events are subject to change without notice.

Registration

California Crime Writers Conference 2019 – Registration

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America welcome aspiring writers, established authors, and industry professionals to mingle with agents, editors, publishers and your peers in sunny Culver City, CA for the 2019 California Crime Writers Conference. Gather the latest inside information on publishing, marketing, crime solving and craft while you revitalize your creativity, hone your writing skills and beef up your publishing and marketing plans at this renowned, biennial conference.

Register early – CCWC attendance is capped at 200 attendees to encourage an accessible, cordial atmosphere among attendees and faculty.  Previous years sold out, so don’t miss your opportunity to join the fun in 2019!

Also, while we will do our best to place you on a panel, if you so desire, we can make no guarantees. Generally, the earlier you register, the more likely it is we’ll be able to find a slot for you. Thanks!

Conference dates:  June 8-9, 2019

Pre-conference evening event: June 7, 2019

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton,  6161 W Centinela Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Fees:

Registration February 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019: $320

Registration May 1, 2019 — May 31, 2019: $355

 Online and mail-in registration close May 31, 2019

Mail-in registration must be received by May 31, 2019

Manuscript and Query Letter Critiques:            

There will be two different ways to get feedback on your work:

  • 25 minutes in-depth critique with an agent/editor on your first five pages and query letter. $90 SOLD OUT. Please e-mail us at ccwconference@gmail.com to be put on the waitlist.
  • A one-hour group session with two agents/editors. In addition to receiving 5 minutes of instant feedback and suggestions for improvement on one page of your own work, you will get to hear the critiques of other participants and learn from other’s mistakes and successes. The one page can be either the first full page of your manuscript, a one-page query letter, or a one-page synopsis. $40

Complete submission instructions will be emailed to paid participants.  The 5pg., double-spaced writing submissions must be received by April 13, 2019.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel before February 28, 2019, you will receive a full refund minus PayPal fees*.

If you cancel between March 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019, you will receive a 50% refund minus PayPal fees*.

No refunds after April 30, 2019

*PayPal fees do not apply if you mail in your registration with a check.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Disclaimer: Although we wish we controlled the world, alas, we don’t. As with all such conferences, all guests and events are subject to change without notice. 

About

Obviously, we are over the moon to welcome 2019 Guests of Honor Tess Gerritsen and Catriona McPherson. But there are other exciting things happening as well.

You can check out the Latest News here. The big news at the moment is that Sisters in Crime has an educational grant available, and CCWC is one of the eligible educational opportunities. Learn more here

The California Crime Writers Conference is an intimate weekend conference, stuffed full of craft, fellowship, and fun. This year in particular, we are taking advantage of our SoCal location to bring in screenwriters and producers. We want to give authors a peek behind the Tinsel Town curtain and reveal what happens when Hollywood beckons.

Our craft workshops will offer two tracks, one for newer writers and a second for writers with one or more series under their belt. We’ll have panels on Forensics, Business, and Marketing, of course, as well as contests, raffles, new media demos, chances to chat with agents and editors, and even an Escape Room!

Want to chat about #CCWC2019? Join our new Facebook Group!

Manuscript Critiques

Will there be manuscript critiques at CCWC 2019?

You bet.

There will be two different ways to get feedback on your work:

  • 25 minutes in-depth critique with an agent/editor on your first five pages and query letter. $90  NOTE: This has sold out. Please e-mail us at ccwconference@gmail.com if you want to be put on the waitlist.
  • A one-hour group session with two agents/editors. In addition to receiving 5 minutes of instant feedback and suggestions for improvement on one page of your own work, you will get to hear the critiques of other participants and learn from other’s mistakes and successes. The one page can be either the first full page of your manuscript, a one-page query letter, or a one-page synopsis. $40

SLOTS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.  

Both options are available on a first-registered, first-served basis. 

You may add a manuscript critique at the time you register. We do expect them to sell out quickly as slots are extremely limited, but if you decide instead to add one later on, e-mail us at ccwconference@gmail.com and we’ll let you know if anything is still available.

 

Unusual Suspects

Guests of Honor:

Tess Gerritsen: Follow her on Twitter and like her FB author page
Catriona McPherson: Follow her on Twitter and like her FB author page

Confirmed Guests and Attendees:

A
Heather Allynn
Edward Arno
Judith Ayn

B
Dolores Banerd
Mike Befeler
Paula Berstein
Sharon Binder
Hal Boden
Laura Boss
Marie Botkin
Frankie Bow
Laura Brennan
Kevin Paul Shaw Broden
Shannon Muir Broden
Ellen Byron
Mary Burgess
Timothy Burgess
Shea E. Butler

C
Kris Calvin
Karen Carriere
Marco Carocari
Diane Carmony
Vera Chan

Jennifer J. Chow
Matt Coyle
Anne Cleeland
Robert Crane (R.N. Crane)

D
Kimberly Davis
Susan de Pillis
John de Pillis
Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

E
Leila Emadin
Tori Eldridge

F
Mary Feliz

G
Wrona Gall
Cathie Gandel
Mary Beth Garber
Susan Gardo

Lee Goldberg
Susan Goldstein
Judith Gonda

H
Rachel Howzell Hall
Robert L. Hecker

Vinnie Hansen
Naomi Hirahara
Jenn Huffer
Kathryn Z. Hutson

J
Georgia Jeffries
Andrew Pierce Jetarksi

Sybil Johnson
Linda O. Johnston

K
Leslie Karst
Kim Keeline
Olive Kerr

Robert Kidera
Kathy Kingston
Michael Kolinski
Harley Jane Kozak
Kathy Krevat

L
A.J. Llewellyn
Carol Lewis
Melinda Loomis
Rosemary Lord
Sheila Lowe

M
Mary Marks
Paul D. Marks
Bonnie MacBird
Ellen Frank Mathews
Lyda McPherson
Eva Montealegre
P Moss
John Edward Mullen

N
Linda Nakamura
Jan Neuenschwander

Nadine Nettmann

O
Carlene O’Neil
Haris Orkin
Alan Orloff

P
Diana Padgett
Tim Palmer
Dennis Palumbo
Cyndi Parent
Catherine Pelonero
Sarah Swenson Pierce

Lawrence Allan Pontius
Keenan Powell

R

Joan Renner
Catharine Riggs
Michael Robertson
Peggy Rothschild

S
Cindy Sample
Jason H. Sanderson
Tom Sawyer
Apryl Schwab
Terry Shames

Laurie Sheehan
Stephanie Shipley
Nancy Cole Silverman
Linda Smart
Marcia Smart
Nancy Raven Smith
Sheila Sobel
Robert Spadafora
Leslie Stewart

Marie Stein
Barrie Summy
Dawn Sutton
Halley Sutton
Phoef Sutton

T
Meredith Taylor
Wendall Thomas
Holly Titus-Sweany

V
Jill Vassilakos-Long
Carl Vonderau

W
Amanya Wasserman
Holly West
Jeri Westerson
Sharon Williamson
Liz Wolf