Left Coast Crime San Diego 2020: Life’s a Beach

2020-03-12 - 2020-03-15 All day
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
Phone:619 692-3800
Address: 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108

What Is Left Coast Crime?
Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. LCC is held during the first quarter of the year in Western North America. Conventions have been held from Anchorage to El Paso, from Boulder to Hawaii, and various locations in between.

Our purpose is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests.

Left Coast Crime is an all-volunteer organization — neither the members of the Standing Committee nor members of each annual convention committee are paid for their time. LCC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Each Left Coast Crime Convention raises money to support a local literacy organization with funds collected through silent and live auctions, and the annual Quilt Raffle.

Who Is Left Coast Crime For?
Left Coast Crime is for fans of the mystery/crime genre: readers, authors, librarians, bloggers, publishers, editors, agents, and booksellers.

What Happens at a Left Coast Crime Convention?
Our days are built around panel discussions and other programming on a wide variety of topics designed to allow interaction between readers and writers. There are typically three or four programs to choose from during each time slot. The panels can be humorous or serious, educational or entertaining, and are often a mix of everything.There are signings after each panel slot and a book room.

Several special events are included in your Left Coast Crime registration: Thursday Opening Reception, Friday Meet the New Authors Breakfast, Saturday Breakfast, Saturday Awards Banquet. Other special events vary by convention.

Connections between authors and fans are encouraged with activities like Author Speed-Dating, Author-Reader Connections, and Author-Hosted Tables at the Awards Banquet.

How Can I Get Involved?
Register to attend! Then Volunteer to help with the convention! Volunteering is a great way to have fun, meet fellow mystery lovers, and contribute to the Left Coast Crime convention. (You must be registered for the convention to volunteer.)

Related upcoming events

  • 2020-04-04 All day

    This year's festival will feature over 120 speakers participating in more than 70 events, including interviews, panel discussions, presentations, interactive workshops, an opportunity to pitch agents, readings, film screenings, a table read and talkback, live musical and theatrical performances, a special teens program, and a kids program with storytelling, art project, a Hullabaloo concert, and more.

    SDWEG members Kelly Bargabos, Marni Freedman, Jared Kuritz, Zoe Ghahremani, and past Odin award winners Dean Nelson and Judy Reeves are among the presenters at the event. The Guild will also have a table for prospective members to check out.

  • 2020-05-09 All day

    After successful events in 2015, 2017, and 2019, the San Diego Writing Workshop is back for 2020! Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2020 San Diego Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Diego, CA, on May 9, 2020.

    This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (175 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2020 San Diego Writing Workshop!


    This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza San Diego. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

    This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s faculty so far includes:

    • literary agent Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)
    • literary agent Greg Johnson (Wordserve Literary)
    • literary agent Katherine Wessbecher (Bradford Literary Agency)
    • literary agent Jemiscoe Chambers-Black (Corvisiero Literary)
    • literary agent Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary)
    • literary agent Jill Marr (Sandra Dijsktra Literary Agency)
    • literary agent Rachel Beck (Liza Dawson Associates)
    • literary agent Samantha Bagood (Samantha B Literary)
    • literary agent Tara Gilbert (Corvisiero Literary)
    • literary agent Annie Bomke (Annie Bomke Literary)
    • literary agent Elise Capron (Sandra Dijsktra Literary Agency)
    • literary agent Ben Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary)
    • and possibly more to come.

    By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Chuck Sambuchino of Writing Day Workshops, with assistance from a local writing organization, Go Be Write.


    9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza San Diego, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108.

    For a detailed list of events during the workshop, see the schedule here.

Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2020 San Diego Writers and Editors Guild — Primer WordPress theme by GoDaddy