A Mystery Week Event Sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America
“A Bit of This, a Lot of That: Mixing Up Genres
A panel discussion on the joys and challenges of writing in two or more genres, and also of writing books that cross genre lines. Laurie R. King (moderator), Maya Bohnhoff, Stephen Hockensmith, Nick Mamatas, and Margaret Lucke.
One joy of writing fiction is the many kinds of stories you can tell. In this class, you will explore several popular genres of fiction—literary, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. Learn techniques of craft that are essential to all fiction while examining the characteristics, conventions and reader expectations associated with each particular genre. As you write and revise a short story or chapters of a novel, you will acquire an understanding of the basic elements of fiction writing and of your own viewpoint and skills as a writer.
Learn more about this class and register for it here.
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!"