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.

Click here for the latest on panels, guests, and other goodies.

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!

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


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


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 have sold out.         

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.


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. 

Latest News

Hollywood TV Drama Panel

We are thrilled to announce the first of our four “Hooray for Hollywood” panels, “Drama Queens… and Kings.” We’ll explore writing and producing television drama series with these amazing writers and showrunners. See you there!

Announcing our Editors and Agents

We are thrilled to announce our Guest Editors and Agents: Terri Bischoff, Crooked Lane Books Chantelle Aimée Osman, Agora Books (Polis) Cyndi Parent, Tule Publishing Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary 


Here’s the Schedule for the CCWC weekend of June 8-9, 2019.

Looking for more info on the panels themselves? Click here!

Signing Sessions are still being worked out, but we expect to have them up by Monday, 4/22.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

7:30 am: Registration Opens

8:00- 10:00: Breakfast. We will have a few tables designated with genres (Cozy, Historical, Procedural, …) so that you can, if you’d like, meet fellow writers and readers in your favorite genre. We will also have a Guppy Table all morning, along with a suggested meet-up time of 9 am.

9:45: Welcome speech.

10:00 – 10:45: First Session of Panels and Workshops

  • Bringing the Past to Life
  • Laughing at Death: Adding Humor to Mysteries
  • Finish the Damn Book: Get Organized, Get Started, Get Words on the Page
  • Private Eye Nancy Swaim interviewed by Ellen Byron

10:50 – 11:10: Signing Session 1

11:15 – 12:00: Second Session of Panels and Workshops

  • Built to Last: Creating a Series
  • Killer Dialogue
  • PR 101
  • Interrogation Tips with former LAPD Detective Ninette Toosbuy

12:00 – 1:30: Lunch and Keynote Speech: Tess Gerritsen

1:35 – 1:55: Signing Session 2

2:00 – 2:45: Third Session of Panels and Workshops: Hooray for Hollywood

  • Drama Queens… and Kings: TV Crime Drama Writers
  • Hallmark Mysteries
  • Adapting Your Novel to the Screen
  • You’ve Been Optioned! Now What?

3:00 – 4:15: Ask Me Anything

Our invited Hollywood guests and our editors and agents will take part in an Ask Me Anything session. You will have the chance to sit in small groups with three of our guests over the course of an hour and ask them questions. No pitching, but you can — and should — ask for advice as well as how their business really works. 

4:15 – 4:30: Cookie Break!

4:30 – 5:15: Keynote Workshop: Catriona McPherson, “Deep In A Bowl of Porridge.” 

Dinner on your own and an optional evening event TBA.

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

8:00 – 10:00: Breakfast. We will have a few tables designated with genres (Cozy, Historical, Procedural, …) so that you can, if you’d like, meet fellow writers and readers in your favorite genre. We will also have a Guppy Table all morning, along with a suggested meet-up time of 8 am.

9:00 – 9:45: Skills Labs

  • Mark Coker (Smashwords)
  • Dani Zacarias and Sam Pennington (Wattpad)
  • John Burke (Pub Site)

10:00 – 10:45: Fourth Session of Panels and Workshops

  • Cozies on the Edge: Meeting and Subverting Reader Expectations
  • The Dark Side: Thrillers, Suspense, Noir
  • Indie Publishing: New Frontiers
  • The Serial Killer Next Door with James L’Etoile

10:50 – 11:10: Signing Session 3

11:15 – 12:00: Fifth Session of Panels and Workshops

  • Winning Isn’t Everything (But it Helps)
  • Thriller Workshop with Laurie Stevens
  • A Winning Team: Writer, Agent, and Editor
  • Medieval Weaponry with Swordmaster Roberta Brown

12:00 – 1:30: Lunch and Keynote Speech: Catriona McPherson

1:35 – 1:55: Signing Session 4

2:00 – 2:45: Sixth Session of Panels and Workshops

  • Chapter One: Your Debut Novel
  • Visual Storytelling from TV, Film and Video Game Writers
  • Marketing Without a Budget
  • Bethany Jones, The Inmate Whisperer

2:55 – 3:40: Seventh Session of Panels and Workshops

  • The Art and Business of Short Stories
  • How to Build a Long Career
  • Editors and Agents Panel
  • The Profiler: How to Recognize a Suicide Bomber

3:40 – 4:00: Cookie Break!

4:00 – 4:45: Keynote Workshop: Tess Gerritsen, “How to Find Your What-If.”

4:50 – 5:20: SinC/LA and MWA Presidents interview Tess and Catriona

5:20: Goodbye Send-off! See you in 2021!

Note: The Green Room will be open all day Saturday with books for your Goody Bag and on Sunday morning with one-on-one demos from the Skills Lab presenters.

Disclaimer: While we wish we controlled the Universe, alas, we don’t (yet). All guests and panelists are subject to change.



Ads and Goody Bags

Advertise in the CCWC Program Book

You don’t need big bucks to tell attendees, faculty, and staff about your books or business – everyone attending the conference will receive our beautiful hi-quality program in their goody bag at registration.

Whether you want to know when a session starts, read the bios of our outstanding faculty or get info on our new Ask Me Anything session with Agents, Editors, Screenwriters and published authors, it’s all in the program!

Advertise your website, new release, backlist or services to our 200 attendees.  Sizes and prices for every budget.

  • $50 – business card size (3.5” x 2.25”)
  • $75 – ¼ page (3.5” x 4.75”)
  • $100 – ½ page (7.25” x 5”)
  • $150 – full Page (7.25” x 10”)
  • $199 – full page (7.25” x 10”) inside covers
  • $250 — Back Cover (color)  (7.25″ x 10) (1 AVAILABLE)

NOTE: All ads are Black & White; rates listed are based on the submission of your camera-ready art.  Payment must be received before ads are included in the brochure.  Payment deadline:  May 10, 2019. 

Contact Shannon at to reserve your ad space.  Payment must be made within one week of signing up or space will be released.  Make payment via here:

Business Card:

Quarter Page:

Half Page:

Full Page:

Full Page Inside Covers:

Back Cover:

GOODY BAG INSERTS (conference staff will place items in each goody bag.) Cost is $30 per item for any one of the following. NOTE: Please send 210 pieces to make sure every bag gets one.

  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Flyers
  • Personalized Pens
  • Small Tchotchkes

To purchase a goody bag insert, send payment via

Goody Bag:

OR pay by check made out to “Sisters in Crime Los Angeles CCWC”. Mail check with note indicating what payment is for to Sisters in Crime/LA, 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., PMB 338, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Once payment is received, you will get an email letting you know where to mail your items.

Inserts are on a first come, first served basis. Goody bag space is limited!

Deadline for receiving your inserts is May 17, 2019.

NOTE:  When paying by PayPal make sure to note what you are paying for (ie. Goody Bag insert)