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Writer's Workshop | Celebrating Women Writers

Read Local!
Sunday, March 22
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Local women authors panel speak about the challenges and path to getting published.

  • Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder (book 2 in the Kate Hamilton Mysteries), Crooked Lane, April 2019. From Publishers Weekly about A Dream of Death, book 1 in the Kate Hamilton Mysteries: “Suspenseful [and] elegantly written… Readers will look forward to seeing more of the intelligent and resourceful Kate.”
  • Susan Van Kirk,   A Death at Tippitt Pond  (book 1 in the Sweet Iron Mysteries), Encircle Publications, April 2019 "A Death at Tippitt Pond is a fast-paced tale of love, murder, and hope." -- Debra H. Goldstein, author of the Sarah Blair mystery series. 
  • J.A. Kellman, The Snake  (book 1 in the Ann Cunningham Mysteries), Wings E-Press, August 2019. “The Snake takes readers on a tense, twisting trek from the American Midwest into the Mesoamerican jungles to solve a shocking crime. J.A. Kellman is a terrific new voice in mysteries.” – Molly MacRae, author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries.
  • Sarah Wisseman, The Botticelli Caper  (book 3 in the Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries), Wings E-Press, September 2019 From Library Journal about Burnt Siena, book 1 in the Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries: “The author of the "Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries" launches a new series that provides the perfect antidote for mystery buffs who still miss Iain Pears's mysteries featuring British art dealer Jonathan Argyll.”  
  • Molly MacRae, Thistles and Thieves (book 3 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries), Pegasus Books, January 2020.  From Publishers Weekly: “The plot, which includes mistaken identities and numerous red herrings, unfolds slowly at first, but steadily gains momentum as it heads toward the satisfying ending. Well-drawn characters enhance the story line. Armchair travelers will have fun.”
  • Susan Furlong, Shattered Justice (book 3 in the Bone Gap Travellers series), Kensington Books, December 2020. From Publishers Weekly: “Furlong carefully interlaces the two story lines as they come together in an unexpected and nail-biting resolution.”

Illini Union Bookstore will be on site selling a selection of books from the above authors. 

Writer's Workshop, Spring Series 2020
Series events meet on Wednesdays from 6:30–8 pm

• Feb 19,   Where to Begin – Molly MacRae, 6:30 pm
• Mar 4,   Creative Writing – Jim O’Brien, 6:30 pm
• Mar 18,   Character Development – Ekta Garg, 6:30 pm
• Mar 22,   Celebrating Women Writers, 2–4 pm
• Apr 1,   Copyediting 101 – Dane Torbeck and Lori Martinsek, 6:30 pm
• Apr 15,   Finishing Your Story – Jason Nafziger, 6:30 pm
• Apr 29,   Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony & Reading, 7 pm

Interested in the Short Story Contest? Find story criteria, how to submit your story, and prize information at

*Participants do not need to attend classes to enter story competition. 

Adults | Presentation, Author Visit

Main Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B

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