Margaret Lucke

Tales of Love, Ghosts and Murder

 
Upcoming Events

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017

1:30 pm


BARNES & NOBLE

1600 Gateway Blvd

Gateway Courtyard

Fairfield, CA

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Local Authors Day
I'll be taking part in B&N's Local Authors Day, reading from SNOW ANGEL and doing a Q&A. Come on by with your questions about the book or about mysterious process of fiction writing. Author appearances will be happening all day -- more details here.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

6:30 - 7:30 pm


SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

100 Larkin St

San Francisco, CA

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"Writing a Mystery"
A fun and informal panel discussion on crafting and publishing crime fiction. JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH and KATE JESSICA RAPHAEL will appear with me.

 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

2 - 4 pm


FREMONT AREA WRITERS

Round Table Pizza

37480 Fremont Blvd

Fremont, CA

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"The Pleasures and Perils of a Freelancer's Life"
What kinds of opportunities come your way when you're an independent writer, and how can you make the most of them? Here's a chance to learn from one freelancer's experience and example -- the good, the bad and, well, it's hardly ever ugly.


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Classes

 

 

Mystery Writing

 

SPRING SESSION

Wednesday evenings

February 21 - May 2, 2018 (no class March 21)

6:30 - 9:30 pm

 

UC BERKELEY EXTENSION

American Baptist Seminary West

2515 Hillegass Avenue

Berkeley, CA

 

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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For more information and to register, click here.


 

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!"