What’s Next


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

Mark will present a workshop on “Finding your Voice” at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference in Mokelumne Hill, California, originally set for May but now rescheduled for early October, 2020.

He is excited to participate in a Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop, originally scheduled for April 2020 in Hood River, Oregon that will be put on by legendary agent Donald Maass.

Mark was planning to go across the pond to the Historical Novel Society International meeting in Durham, England in September, but this depends on the status of the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the author is writing a novel version of TAMING JUDITH, his award-winning screenplay about William Shakespeare’s last will and the mysterious circumstances that led The Poet to make last-minute changes cutting his youngest daughter out of it.

A VIDEO RECORDING of a presentation at the San Francisco Library about Stevenson’s Treasure and the process of writing the book is available via THIS LINK . (Thanks to Richard Bartlebaugh, videographer, and SF Library.)

HEAR A PODCAST of Mark’s discussion of “Stevenson’s Treasure” on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” program with host Beth Ruyak by clicking This Link .

Great fun being the keynote at 2016 Gold Rush Writers Conf

Delivering the keynote at Gold Rush Writers Conference


May 4, 2019. Mark was luncheon speaker at the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference in historic 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!

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, CA

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, CA


October 1-14, 2016.  Mark worked on a new novel at NOEPE (the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency), Edgartown, Massachusetts.


July 25-29, 2016, University of New Mexico, Summer Writers’ Workshops in Santa Fe.June 7, 2016. 

Book Club discussion of Stevenson’s Treasure in Grass Valley, California.

April 29 – May 1, 2016.  At the annual Gold Rush Writers Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA, Mark was the keynote speaker (“Why Legal Insanity and Writing Fiction are So Much Alike) and also presented a workshop, “Writing and Selling Historical Fiction.”

November 14, 2015, Local Authors’ Day panelist (historical fiction) and book signing at the Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA.

October 14, 2015, 6:30 PM, spoke on “Researching and Publishing Historical Fiction” to the Sierra Writers Club, Grass Valley, California.September 12 through

September 25, 2015, was in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

June 26-28, 2015: Historical Novel Society, annual convention in Denver, Colorado.  Signed books, and presented writing and research tips with a distinguished panel on the topic, “Writing the West, Women Who Bucked Tradition.”

May 2-3, 2015: signed books at the Gold Rush Writers Retreat, Historic Leger Hotel, Mokelumne Hill, CA.local author festival sign bookSunday, April 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00, Sacramento Public Library Local Author Book Festival, Downtown library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento.

Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00 PM, Face In A Book Bookstore, El Dorado Hills, CA.  Author reading, signing and treasure hunt.

Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:00 AM:  “From Idea to Publication of Stevenson’s Treasure” — California Writers Club breakfast, IHop, Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM:  Author reading, treasure hunt and book signing at the Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA.  Author presentation, book signing, and music provided by John Weed of Molly’s Revenge Celtic Band in the gorgeous town where much of STEVENSON’S TREASURE is set!  For details click this link

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 PM: Author presentation, reading and book-signing at the wonderful site where lots of research for the novel was conducted, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA.  For details click this link

September 21, PM: Book Club discussion, Sacramento

Tuesday, October 7, 4:30 PM: Reading, Q & A at the West Tisbury Library, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. 

In residence Oct. 1 – 15 at the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency, NOEPE Center for the Literary Arts, Edgartown, MA.

Friday, October 24, 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Author presentation, readings, Q & A at the Renaissance Society, California State University Sacramento

October 25, 12:00 – 12:45: California Capital Book Festival, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street. Panel discussion of Stevenson’s Treasure with other historical authors Dianne Hales (Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered) and Lauren Coodley (Upton Sinclair, California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual).

November 4, 2014: Book Club discussion, Auburn, CA

November 11, 2014: Book Club discussion, Carmichael, CA

Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:00 PM: Discussion and book signing at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco.

January 22, 2015, Book Club author appearance and discussion, Sacramento CA.

January 26, 2015, Book Club author appearance and discussion, El Dorado Hills, CA.

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