SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Morning Session:
The Architecture of Murder: Crafting a Solid Story Structure with Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick AKA Jan Coffey / May McGoldrick

After his tenth Spenser detective story, Robert S. Parker never plotted another novel, and Charles Dickens couldn’t plot his way out of a paper bag. They did just fine.

As writers, we know there is more than one way to construct a novel. But to craft a solid story, we still need a vision and a plan. And of course, a murder.

Join Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick in a workshop that explores a variety of working out the structure of your story, whether you’re writing murder mystery or suspense. Bring paper, pen, laptop or other implements of destruction.

Afternoon Session:
Keep It Suspenseful Without Suspending Belief with M. A. Taylor and Christy Jeffries

A Q&A Session with MA Taylor and Christy Jeffries providing helpful feedback to keep your story’s law enforcement details realistic.


Best Western Seven Seas
411 Hotel Circle South
San Diego 92108
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$25for RWASD Members (paying by Tuesday, September 17th)
$30for Non-RWASD Members (must be over age 18) and member late registration (after Tuesday, September 17th)
$35for ALL at the door

Reserve a spot at the September 21st meeting:

Please also contact the RWA San Diego Chapter Meeting Coordinator ( if you’re paying by check, your name doesn’t match the name on your paypal account, or you have questions. Otherwise, simply pay by PayPal with the link near the bottom of this section.

Checks should be mailed to:

RWASD Chapter Meeting Coordinator
P O Box 711677
Santee, CA 92072-1677

Please make checks payable to RWASD. Checks are subject to our check return policy.

Member Discount Deadline:

Reservations and payments must be received by the Tuesday before the meeting, that is:

Tuesday, September 17th

*Members who fail to register by the due date will be charged at the Non-Member rate.

Refund policy:

Refunds for meeting registration are given until the Tuesday deadline. After that time, they are nonrefundable. Meeting fees are nontransferable.

Alternate Meal Requests
To request a GF/Vegetarian/Vegan meal (see menu), contact the Hospitality Chair.

Members pay here ($25):

Members (registering AFTER deadline) and Non-Members pay here ($30):

Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick

Recent transplants to Southern California, Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick are four-time RITA Finalists and USA Today Bestselling Authors of over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled suspense, mystery, historical romance, and young adult novels under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey, as well as two works of nonfiction under their own names.

Between them, they have an engineering degree and a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. For a more elaborate and entertaining bio, check out their GoodReads Author Page.

M.A. Taylor and Christy Jeffries

Christy Jeffries graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Criminology and received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. But drafting court documents and working in law enforcement was merely an apprenticeship for her current career in the dynamic field of mommyhood and romance writing. RT Magazine has called her books “hilariously touching…with fast-paced, pun-filled, tongue-in-cheek dialogue.”

Christy lives in Southern California with her patient husband, two energetic and sarcastic sons, and a pair of rescue dogs who shed their appreciation all over her car and house.

M.A. Taylor spent more than twenty years in law enforcement. After seven years with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), she became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ), spending over a decade in Narcotics…including assignment to a Federal DEA-HIDTA Task Force. Margaret’s areas of expertise range from surveillance to wiretaps to tribal gaming, sexual predators, investigations and more.


Meeting Agenda:

9:30 Check In - Networking (coffee and tea)
10:00 Welcome - Introductions & Announcements
10:15 Morning Session
12:00 Lunch (see menu)
            To request a GF/Vegetarian/Vegan meal, contact the Hospitality Chair.
1:00 Chapter Business Meeting
1:30 Afternoon Session
3:00 Meeting Adjourned