Are you dying to murder someone? On paper, of course. Only on paper.
Writers and readers of suspense, murder mysteries and other crimes won't want to miss a day of workshops presented by Sisters in Crime Chicagoland (SinC) and Mystery Writers of America Midwest (MWA) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Adult Classroom of the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL), 130 S. Roselle Road.
To register for the free workshops, call (847) 923-3347.
MWA is the oldest and most prominent organization for writers of crime fiction and other professionals in the field.
SinC is a worldwide organization of authors, readers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and librarians. If you fall into any of these categories, come to some or all of the following workshops where you will meet and learn from successful Chicago-area mystery authors.
Programs for Nov. 9 are free and include:
• "Effective Use of Setting," presented by Gail Lukasik, author of "Peak Season for Murder" and "Death's Door."
• "Creating Memorable Characters," presented by Luisa Buehler, 2008 Lovey Award winner for Best Traditional Ameteur Sleuth.
• "Creating and Sustaining Conflict," presented by Jamie Freveletti, author of "Dead Asleep" and "The Janus Reprisal. "
• "Writing Dialogue," presented by Clare O'Donohue, author of "The Double Wedding Ring" and other novels.
Interested persons may sign up for any number of workshops and will not only have the opportunity to enhance writing skills, but also talk with authors and discover how ideas are molded and crafted into the written word.
Books will be available for purchase and signing throughout the day.
"There are no rules to writing, but having structure helps whether you've been writing for a while or just getting started," said Susan Gibberman, head of Reader Services at STDL and organizer of the writers' workshops. "Even one-day workshops such as these help feed the writer's creativity and can give you a much-needed nudge to keep your writing on task and productive."
Ready for a nudge?
Come to the library on Nov. 9 to meet authors, buy books and socialize with other readers and writers of crime fiction.
And in-between, be sure to visit the Craft Fair and Flea Market just down the hall.