I teach courses and workshops in creative writing, crime fiction, creative nonfiction, and tactics in writing, revising, publishing, and marketing and promotion for writers. I have taught university-level students at Ball State University and Roosevelt University, the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and Midwest Writers Workshop, as well as continuing students of all ages and skill levels through StoryStudio Chicago.

Looking for a speaker or panelist? My special interests include psychological suspense and amateur detective mysteries, mysteries with strong female protagonists (and also troubled ones!), mysteries set in academic settings, mysteries that address social ills, Chicago crime fiction, Midwestern crime fiction, writing unreliable narrators, and writing difficult-to-like protagonists. Pet craft topics include Point of View and Characterization. I can also talk about the influence of libraries and writing associations for as long as you let me.

For more information, contact me through this site.