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The author meeting with other presenters of Gold Rush Writers Conference 2020


Several exciting events have canceled, postponed, or changed in format due to COVID-19!

Mark was due to 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 in October 2020, but the conference was reduced to four presentations that were given via Zoom.

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

Mark hopes to attend the Historical Novel Society Conference in Austin, Texas in June 2020, depending on the status of the pandemic.

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!