Welcome to the California Crime Writers Conference 2019! 

We’re thrilled to announce our second Guest of Honor: Catriona McPherson.

Catriona McPherson  is the author of the Dandy Gilver novels, set in Scotland in the 1930s where but not when she was born. (Dan Brown meets Barbara Pym is a press comment I cherish – CMcP.) The series has won numerous awards including two Agathas and is in development for television at STV in the UK. She also writes darker (that’s not difficult) contemporary standalones, including THE CHILD GARDEN and GO TO MY GRAVE. These have been Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark finalists. SCOT FREE (the lighter side of the dark underbelly of the California dream) is Catriona’s first USA-set mystery. Catriona lives on twenty scruffy acres in Nor Cal, with a black cat and a scientist, where she writes full-time. Check her out at www.catrionamcpherson.com.

Catriona will be joining previously announced Guest of Honor, Tess Gerritsen.

Trained as a medical doctor, Tess built a second career as a thriller writer. Her 27 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show “Rizzoli & Isles” is based.  Among her titles are HARVEST, GRAVITY, THE SURGEON, PLAYING WITH FIRE, and I KNOW A SECRET.  Her books are translated into 40 languages and more than 30 million copies have been sold.  She lives in Maine. Learn more about her and her work at http://www.tessgerritsen.com/

Tess Gerritsen and Catriona McPherson, together at last! Save the date: June 8-9, 2019. Conference registration opens September 1, 2018.


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 guests of honor, each 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 open September 2018. 

See you there!

Unusual Suspects

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