Bouchercon 2014

Today Writers Forum board member Laura Hernandez is bringing us information about Bouchercon 2014.

What the Heck is Bouchercon 2014?

by Laura Hernandez


What the heck is Bouchercon 2014?  It’s a fabulous convention for Mystery writers and readers!  It’s also the only time for the next few years it’s held in California, or the west at all!
You can attend panels for short instruction and tips on your writing given by professional (PUBLISHED) authors, there are tables for fans to get autographs from author/presenters, a room of nuthin’ but books to buy, a banquet (optional) to get dressed up for, and this year’s Master of Ceremonies is Simon Wood (so you know how excited I am!!)
This year’s recipient of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award is Jeffery Deaver.

Jeffery Deaver

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeffery Deaver is the international bestselling author of 29 novels, two collections of short stories, and a non-fiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He has written a number of series and standalone novels throughout his career, and is currently alternating between books featuring special agent Kathryn Dance and quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhymes. In addition, he was selected by Ian Fleming Publications to write the James Bond novel Carte Blanche.
Deaver has received awards for Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association as well as Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards and the Nero Wolfe Award. Among other honors, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award, a Gumshoe Award, and six Edgar Awards. He was born in Chicago and holds degrees from University of Missouri and Fordham University. Before embarking on his successful career in fiction, he worked as a journalist, folksinger and attorney.
The website begins like this, so click on the link and think seriously about coming to this!  Give your writing a kick in the pants!


We’re looking forward to hosting you in beautiful downtown Long Beach, California, for Bouchercon 2014, Murder at the Beach!
Hurry and register now, because the bargain price of $150 only lasts until October 31. Starting November 1, you’ll pay $175 for the privilege of adding your name to the list of confirmed attendees.
Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun we’re planning—from ghostly tours of the Queen Mary, to an awards extravaganza worthy of Hollywood, to the chance to rub shoulders with our fascinating, varied, and talented of guests of honor. Keep your eye on our Bouchercon 2014 blog and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates….
We want to make this the best Bouchercon you’ve ever been to—or your first one! We welcome suggestions and volunteers who will help us show Bouchercon that Long Beach knows how to throw a party.
For more information on Bouchercon 2014, go to their website or contact our very own Laura Hernandez at

Harris Studios Film Production Academy


Harris Studios Film Production Academy are offering several upcoming workshops.  For more information visit their website at, send an email to, or download the registration PDF here.  Happy writing!

Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the 6th annual Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference scheduled for Sept. 13-16 in Cedarville, California.

This year Western States Book Award winner Primus St. John and Copper Canyon Press co-founder William O’Daly will lead poetry workshops. A new poetry translation workshop will be led by noted Rilke translator Anita Barrows.

Novelist Kirby Wilkins, author of “Quantum Web,” will conduct the fiction workshop and Ray A. March, a recent Pushcart Prize nominee for “River in Ruin: The Story of the Carmel River,” will lead the creative nonfiction sessions.

The conference, which emphasizes the craft of writing, is open to writers of all skill levels.

The four-day event includes three-hour workshops each morning, an afternoon lecture series, dinners, a “field trip,” open mic and free time to write.

The application deadline is Aug. 1, and the conference is limited to 50 participants.

Writers interested in attending the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference may click on their website for submission guidelines and further details.


SVWC has established a scholarship fund in the name of their old friend and writer/activist, Steve Turner. With that they’re offering a matching fund scholarship to a qualified recipient to attend the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference on Sept. 13-16.  The scholarship will fund $225 and the applicant or organization is required to cover the balance of $225. This scholarship does not include travel or lodgings, but does cover two dinners and includes the entire program. Applicants can be writers of poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction.  Deadline for applying is Aug. 1. We will notify the chosen applicant by Aug. 15 and a writing sample from the chosen recipient must be sent to us that date.  Click here for information on how to apply for this generous scholarship.