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Several exciting events have been rescheduled due to COVID-19.

Mark will present a workshop on “How to Write with Flash and Honesty, Even When You Are Lying” at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference in Mokelumne Hill, California, originally set for May but now rescheduled for October 2-4, 2020.

He is excited to participate in the Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop in Hood River, Oregon that will be put on by legendary agent Donald Maass. Originally scheduled for April 2020, it has been re-scheduled for November.

Mark hopes to attend the Historical Novel Society International meeting in Durham, England September 11-13, depending on the status of the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the author is finishing two historical novels. One of them is based on TAMING JUDITH, his award-winning screenplay about the mysterious reasons why William Shakespeare penned changes to his will, shortly before death, cutting one daughter out of it. The second is about Jack London, adventurer and novelist, and the rarely credited African-American woman who raised him during the first years of his life and supported his work until he died at the age of 40.



May 4, 2019. Mark was luncheon speaker at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA.

April 27, 2019, Mark presented a panel at the Folsom Library’s Author Expo, “Paths to Publication.”

April 13, 2019, Mark spoke to the Historical Novel Society, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on the topic: “Fix your Historical Novel by Writing it as a Screenplay.”

November 11, 2017, Mark talked with a panel of distinguished authors about the “Hand of History” in writing novels at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, Roseville, CA.

November 7, 2017, Mark spoke along with other historical novelists at the San Francisco Library, Main Branch on the topic, “California Fiction: Mining for Literary Gold.”

September 21-24, 2017. Mark presented a workshop, “Worth a Thousand Words: Using Images of the Past to Improve Historical Writing” at the Historical Writers of America conference on the Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

March 21, 2017, Mark was dinner speaker at the Central Coast branch of the California Writers Club on the topic, “Bringing Famous Personalities of the Past to Life in Fiction,” in Pacific Grove, California.

January 20-21, 2017, Mark presented a writing workshop on historical fiction at the Sierra Writers Conference, Grass Valley, California.

November 9, 2016. Mark was proud to be the featured presenter at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, California during the museum’s “Stevenson Week” that commemorated RLS’s birth!