Margaret Lucke

Tales of Love, Ghosts and Murder

Upcoming Events

MARCH 22-25, 2018


Reno, NV

Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors—and it's always a lot of fun. If you're going to be there, look for me and say hello. I'll be around and about, and on this panel:

"I Still Miss Someone: Ghosts, Hauntings & Horror"
Margaret Lucke, Paty Jager, Jo Perry, Evelyn Cirincione/Catherine Paul. Moderator: Michele Drier
Friday, March 23, 9 am


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1 - 8 pm


Town Square Library

371 Town Square Place

Vacaville, CA

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"Creating Individual Character Voices"
Dialogue is one of the best ways to bring your story alive—provided your characters sound like themselves when they speak. This presentation will explore the way you can use dialogue to help you make your characters seem real, advance your plot, and engage your readers in what's happening.

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Mystery Writing




Dates to be announced soon

The mystery is the one of the most popular and pleasurable forms of storytelling for both readers and writers. In this class you will explore the art, the craft, and the business of writing crime fiction in its many forms, including detective stories (from cozy to hard-boiled), police procedurals, thrillers, and suspense. Class discussions, writing exercises, and guest speakers will give you clues and techniques for creating successful mystery novels and short stories: creating strong characters, portraying vivid settings, building suspense, and developing a convincing plot with a satisfying resolution. The course will guide you through the process, from finding ideas to marketing your work.   

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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!"