Christopher Chambers has an MFA from the University of Alabama. He has written for television and has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. His work has received 4 Pushcart Prize nominations, and he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2008. He teaches courses in creative writing, screenwriting, and editing & publishing.
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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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.
Writer's success story
Margaret Goss, Madison, has first novel published The Uncommitted, a first novel for Margaret Goss, Madison, was published in paperback by Three Towers Press (an imprint of HenschelHAUS, Milwaukee). The novel is about a young mother (Josephine Reilly) who discovers she’s a messenger between the dead and living — a discovery that makes her and those close to her the target of an invisible evil. The setting is suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
A launch party is planned Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Great Dane Pub, 876 Jupiter Dr., Madison.
Margaret attended Writers’ Institute and also received critique services from staff member Christine DeSmet.
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.