Margaret Lucke

Tales of Love, Ghosts and Murder

Upcoming Events


12 noon - 2 pm


2251 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA

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Sisters in Crime NorCal
Authors Showcase

Six authors of crime fiction introduce their new books. A great opportunity to meet and chat with local writers and mystery fans. With MARGARET LUCKE, BETTE GOLDEN LAMB & J.J. LAMB, DANA FREDSTI, VINNIE HANSEN, SUSAN C. SHEA, and CAROL VERBERG.

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6 - 8 pm


2400 Stevenson Blvd

Fremont, 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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Mystery Writing



Wednesday evenings

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

6:30 - 9:30 pm



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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Watch for registration details.


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!"