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March 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.

Thursday, March 4: Author Conversation

Join acclaimed novelists Steph Cha and Patricia Skalka for a conversation on the craft of writing the mystery.

Thursday, March 11: Writing a Successful Mystery with Patricia Skalka

A mystery novel is a puzzle in words. As the author, you invite readers to undertake a journey of discovery that intrigues, entertains, and ultimately leads to the solution. This is no small feat. In this workshop we’ll talk about how to develop an intriguing story concept and to nurture the idea into a compelling manuscript. As part of the discussion we’ll consider the various elements needed to craft a successful mystery novel and compare the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of writing both stand-alone mysteries and series books.

Thursday, March 18: Using Crime Fiction to Explore Society

 Steph Cha leads a workshop on using crime fiction to explore place, community, and society. We will discuss the ramifications of crime on the ground level, and talk about how violence reveals everything around it––the power structures, permissions, resentments, prejudices, and injustices that lead people to hurt each other.

The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.

Please note: registration for this workshop closes March 3rd. To register after the 3rd, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.



Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the creator of the Juniper Song crime trilogy featuring an “amateur sleuth taking on the darkness in the veins of L.A. with razor-sharp with and a breaking heart.” She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.






Photo by B.E. Pinkham

Patricia Skalka is the author of the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries. “A lyrical first novel” said Publishers Weekly of Death Stalks Door County, the series debut. Death Rides the Ferry won the  Midwest Book Award for best mystery from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and Death in Cold Water earned the Edna Ferber Literary Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Washes Ashore, the latest installment in the series, will be released this spring. Before turning to fiction, Patricia was a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest and a freelance contributor to other national print and online publications. She is the former president of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of both the Chicagoland and Wisconsin chapters of SinC, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors.


March 4, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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