Detective Fiction with Peggy Townsend

Spend each morning workshop (9:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m.) with Peggy Townsend and a small group of between five and twelve other writers. Each participant will submit up to twenty pages of fiction for review by the workshop group. The writing should be literary detective fiction and may be part of a larger work or a stand alone story. The workshop meets four mornings (Mon.-Thurs.) and each participant will receive focused feedback from the instructor and group on their craft. Workshop packets with all submissions will be available for online download after July 15th. Optional participant readings will be held. 


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Peggy Townsend is an award-winning newspaper journalist who has covered stories from serial killers to murder trials. Twice she won a statewide Best Writing Award from the California News Executives Council and was given a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her series on street kids. “See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery” was published in June by Thomas & Mercer. Her second book in the series “The Thin Edge” will be published in June 2019. Kirkus Reviews described Townsend as having an eye for “sharp character detail” and highlighted her book’s “brisk plotting” and “stylish prose,” calling her a writer to watch. “See Her Run” also was made a top pick by RT Book Reviews and called “truly a novel you will not want to miss.” She divides her time between Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe.