The Power of Stories, the Magic of Creativity

Upcoming Events


10:30 am - 12 noon

Corte Madera Library

707 Meadowsweet Drive, Corte Madera, CA

"Crime and Puzzlement: Exploring the World of Mystery
and Suspense Fiction
with the Sisters in Crime"

I'll join authors ANA MANWARING, CJ VERBURG and moderator MYRA JOLIVET to talk about the pleasures and challenges of writing mysteries and introduce our books.

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9:40 am - 4:15 pm


Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV

"How to Create a Compelling Plot"
I'll share tips and techniques for crafting a plot that will keep readers turning the pages.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019

3 pm

Borderlands Books

866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

"Fault Lines: An Earth-Shaking Celebration of Borderlands and Sisters in Crime"

Join us for a festive afternoon of readings and other activities as Sisters in Crime NorCal officially launches its new short story anthology, Fault Lines (which I edited), and honors the anniversary of the Big One, the earthquake that shook San Francisco to its core in 1906.

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TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

6 pm

Mechanics Institute Library

57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

"A Is for Anthology: The Creators of Fault Lines Talk about Writing and Publishing Short Stories"

A panel discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing short stories and publishing an anthology, with Sisters in Crime NorCal's new Fault Lines anthology as an example. Panelists are ANA BRAZIL, SUSAN KUCHINSKAS, MARGARET LUCKE, ROBIN C. STUART, and CJ VERBURG.

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Looking for a Speaker?

If you'd like to have a great speaker for a group or instructor for a writing class or workshop, please contact me.

I enjoy speaking to library audiences, writers groups and community organizations, and sharing my enthusiasm for writing with participants.

I have talks and workshops ready to deliver, or I can develop one to suit your interests and needs.

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A Sampling of Student Comments

"A wonderful class! It was so well organized, focused, and inspirational."

"You are a wonderful and inspiring teacher, thank you. I have been looking for a way to finally begin writing, and you gave me the tools and the courage to do it."

"[Margaret] was very insightful, committed and knowledgeable. The class was a
sheer delight."

"I wanted you to know that Peggy was *outstanding* today, first giving a short story class all morning, then as luncheon speaker . . . 
She was so well prepared, amusing, informative, inspiring . . . the buzz was terrific!"