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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.
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Christine DeSmet featured on Cozy Chicks blog
Continuing Studies writing teacher and author Christine DeSmet is featured today as a guest at the Cozy Chicks blog talking about the new Poirot on the literary scene. "Cozy" refers to the cozy mystery genre. Fun fact: Hannah Reed, a Cozy Chicks author/member that Christine mentions in the blog got her start in mystery writing by attending the Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop & Retreat. Next edition is June 16-20 in Madison.
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Apr 4-6, 2014
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