Christopher Chambers is an experienced editor, teacher, and writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. He's the author of Delta 88, a book of short fiction. His work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories, and has received 5 Pushcart Prize nominations and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Christine DeSmet mentors writers of novels, screenplays, plays, and short fiction. This year will see the debut of First-Degree Fudge, the first book in her Door County Fudge Shop Mystery Series, for editor Danielle Perez at New American Library/Penguin. Christine’s agent is John Talbot of The Talbot/Fortune Agency.
Laurie Scheer is former vice president of programming for WE: Women’s Entertainment. She has worked for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC-Cablevision. Having years of development experience within the hallowed halls of networks, studios, and production companies, Laurie knows how to analyze manuscripts and scripts as they enter the competitive media marketplace.
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Helping writers across the world improve their craft and achieve their professional goals
UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Writing program is the premier resource for writers in the Midwest. We help writers improve their craft and achieve their professional goals. Our instructors are world-class experts—published authors, accomplished instructors, agents, publishers—who lead, facilitate, and teach face-to-face workshops, online classes, conferences, retreats, critique services and more.
Thomas Straka’s travel essay published
Thomas Straka’s travel essay "There’s Gold in Them Thar [Georgia] Hills” has been published in the online travel magazine American Roads and Global Highways.
Straka, of Pendleton, South Carolina, struck gold after revising the essay’s title and hook while studying with instructor Noelle Rydell in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies online course, Brushup Class for All Writers: Business, Academic, and Creative.
We help all types of writers hone their skills and overcome roadblocks on the way to publication, successful freelance writing, or writing for pure enjoyment. We critique fiction and nonfiction, including nonfiction book proposals.