Weekend With Your Novel: Speakers

Instructors and critique workshop leaders

Bob Curry has MFA degrees in both acting (SMU Professional Theater Training Program) and fiction (Vermont College). He has been a professional actor for 30 years, with seasons of classical repertory at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI and The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. He is head of Playwrights Ink, a Madison Playwrights’ development group. He has taught at UW-Madison Continuing Studies Write-by-the-Lake and School of the Arts at Rhinelander for more than a decade and also teaches academic and creative writing, literature, and film at Madison College. His screenplay, The Last Great Ride, was turned into a film starring Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan.

Christine Desmet (MA, UW-Madison) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer, screenwriter, and writing teacher at UW-Madison, where she specializes in one-on-one coaching of writers. In 2012, Christine sold a three-book cozy mystery series (First-Degree Fudge, debuting this fall) to Penguin Random House and editor Danielle Perez (agent John Talbot). Christine’s previous novel, a romantic suspense, Spirit Lake, was an award-winning, best-selling novel for publisher Hard Shell Word Factory/Mundania Press. Also a short fiction writer, her humorous romantic mystery series set in Wisconsin appears in two volumes: Mischief in Moonstone, and Men of Moonstone. Christine is a past winner of the Slamdance Film Festival and optioned that screenplay to New Line Cinema. She’s a member of Writers Guild of America, East; Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum; Romance Writers of America; Sisters in Crime; Mystery Writers of America; and Jewels of the Quill. Her stage play, Climax!, about a struggling writer, was a top-ten finalist in a Wisconsin Wrights New Play Contest.

Angela Rydell (MFA, Warren Wilson College) has taught creative writing workshops throughout Madison. Her work has been published in Alaska Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Poets & Writers, and other journals, and she won Portland Review’s inaugural Flash Fiction Friday contest. She received honorable mention in the New Millennium Writings Awards Flash Fiction Contest, and was a finalist American Short(er) Fiction Prize and Gray Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and teaches for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Her flash fiction can be read in Indiana Review, Gulf Stream, NANO Fiction and other journals, and she was interviewed on radio station WUWM for Lake Effect's Flash Fiction Friday.

Laurie Scheer (MA, DePaul Univ) is a published author and professional speaker, a member of the UW Continuing Studies writing department. Her book Creative Careers In Hollywood and her dvd How To Pitch and Sell Your Screenplay have helped mentor the next generation of media professionals. During her 20-year career in the entertainment industry, Laurie has worked for ABC, Viacom, and Cablevision, where she has purchased, developed, and produced both television and independent feature film projects. Also, as a development consultant, Laurie has acquired and developed materials for numerous production companies. She has been a guest speaker at nearly every important industry organization, from the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences to the Writer's Guild to the Romance Writers of America. Among other distinctions, Laurie is an author, an Emmy-nominated producer, the pitch coach for NATPE, and she has just launched a new writing journal, Midwest Prairie Review, as a vehicle for Midwestern writers’ voices to shine. Currently, she is researching projects that assist writers in working within all platforms within a multiplatform digital arena.

Tim Storm (MFA, Pacific Univ) has taught literature and writing for 14 years, working closely with both fabulist and realist writers. His work was chosen as Pacific University’s sole fiction entry in the 2011 AWP Intro Journals Project, “a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works” by MFA candidates, and he's the winner of the 2013 Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for the title story from his MFA thesis: Creatures of the Deep.