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Locked Rooms to Hot Air Balloons - Crafting the Perfect Setting and Making It Real
A Zoom Panel discussion brought to you by Mystery Writers Of America NorCal Chapter!

SETTING, according to Webster: 1) the place and conditions in which something happens or exists; (2) the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc. takes place; and (3) the rooms, painted backgrounds, furniture, etc., that are used for a scene in a movie or a play.

Join, on Zoom, as we dive into the world of backdrop and scene. What’s the context for the action of our characters? With a (literal) world of options how do we pick the best setting for our characters, and how do we assure readers step into the places we create? Setting should encompass more than just place - it is what imbues our stories with mood and ambience.

This event will take place on October the 13th, starting at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Moderator:
• Daisy Bateman is a mystery lover, cheese enthusiast, and world-renowned expert in Why You Should Buy That. Her educational background is in molecular biology from Caltech and UC Berkeley, and in what passes for normal life, she works in biotech.

Panelists:
• John Billheimer holds an engineering Ph.D. from Stanford University and for thirty years was Vice President of a small consulting firm specializing in transportation research. He has investigated such diverse topics as commuter lane performance, mobile phone safety, drunk driving countermeasures, DMV service, video surveillance, and motorcycle safety
• Mark Coggins has earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa Key from Stanford University, and has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer firms. His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards.
• Margaret Dumas writes books about smart, funny women who are trying to figure things out in the San Francisco Bay Area. Occasionally they fall in love. Occasionally they solve a murder.

Oct 13, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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