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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Writing the Next Chapter

  • November 19, 2015
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Writing The Next Chapter

Learn how three long-time members of OCWW made the leap as writers and landed on their feet as traditionally published novelists. Patricia Skalka, mystery writer, Lynn Sloan, literary novelist, and Joyce Burns Zeiss, young adult novelist, each published novels to wide acclaim in 2015. They will discuss: “How to move from writing to publication?” “How to apply lessons learned in a first career to the business of getting published?” “How to sustain creativity in the long progress of transforming from a writer to an author?” These topics and others will be addressed, and concrete, helpful advice culled from experience will be shared.


Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and Death at Gills Rock (also UW Press, 2015), the first two books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.


Lynn Sloan is the author of Principles of Navigation (2015, Fomite), the story of a modern marriage under stress told from the conflicting points of view of the husband and the wife.


Joyce Burns Zeiss is the author of the young adult novel, Out of the Dragon’s Mouth (2015, Flux), which is based on the true-life experiences of an adolescent who fled Vietnam to cross the South China Sea in the hold of a fishing boat.

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