Joanne Dobson

Author ~ Speaker ~ Teacher

Programs

Joanne at Play: Teaching "Agatha's Aunties"

Joanne has a rare ability to combine passion for her subject with a real interest in each listener's experience and hearty good humor. The classroom or lecture hall with Joanne in it never becomes either pious or slack--everyone, including her co-teachers, is always fully engaged.
Francis G. Couvares, E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies, Amherst College

How may I contribute to the programs of your library or organization?


Teacher of Creative Writing at the College Level

At Fordham University, Manhattanville College, and the Hudson Valley Writers Center I have taught courses in Writing Mystery Fiction, Writing Page-turning Fiction, Writing the Short Story, Writing the Novel, and even, with Kate Stone Lombardi, Writing Suburban Life. I'd be happy to discuss with directors of College Summer Writing Programs the possibility of bringing my skills and experience to your school. Please email me for more information. I can easily tailor my courses to meet your needs.


"Draws her audience in . . . complete command of her subject . . . keeps the interest going to the very end."
Neal Steinberg, Director, North Salem Free Library, NY

Library Speaker and Teacher

In places as varied as Ridgefield, New Canaan, and Wilton, Connecticut, Oberlin Ohio, White Plains, North Salem and Brewster, New York, libraries have offered my programs to enthusiastic patrons. These programs include:

NEW!!!
AGATHA'S AUNTIES: Come meet the women mystery writers Agatha Christie would have read! Novelists from Mrs. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, who, under the pseudonym "Seeley Resester," published THE DEAD LETTER in 1860. through Anna Katherine Green of the later 19th century, to Baroness Emma Orczy and Mary Roberts Rinehart of the early 20th century, all inspired elements of Christie's plots and characters. You thought the spinster sleuth was original to Agatha Christie? Think again! NEW!!!

Women of Mystery: The women who created the hard-boiled female private eye: Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky and Marcia Muller. Four sessions, lecture and discussion, with a film from the California Center for the book.

Whodunit and How: A workshop in writing mystery fiction. Can be tailored for one all-day session, one three-hour session, or for four to six weekly sessions with classes on genre, plotting, characterization, setting, suspense writing and prose style.

Writing for your Life: A workshop in memoir writing, one to six sessions. Lectures on craft, writing exercises, critiques.

"I dwell in Possibility": The mysterious life and enigmatic poetry of Emily Dickinson, New England's recluse poet. Lecture and discussion.

Murder by the Book: The popularity of the bibliomystery. Lecture and discussion.

~ PROGRAMS AND EVENTS ~ 2015 ~


~ The Year of Your Book, Mystery Novel, Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m.
~ Writing Pageturning Fiction, Thurs. 7 to 9:30 p.m.
June 11-July 16
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY


~ The Year of Your Book, Mystery Novel, Thursdays 3 - 5 p..m.
~ Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m.
April 23-May 28
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York


~ Emily Dickinson, "Tell All the Truth But Tell It Slant," Wednesdays, March 18 to April 8, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield CT


~ Writing For Your Life, Memoir Writing, Wednesdays, February 4-25, 1 p.m., Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield, CT


~ The Year of Your Book, Mystery Novel, Thursdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
~ Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9:30, p.m.
January 22, 2015-February 26, 2015
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY



Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. , November 6-December 18, 2014, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY


Teacher and Student Mystery Readings, Friday, January 9, 7 p.m., Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY


Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays 7 p.m.-9 p.m., September 11-October 16, 2014, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY


Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays 7 p.m.-9 p.m., July 31-Sept 4, 2014, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY


September 9, 2014, 7 p.m. Book Event, THE KASHMIRI SHAWL, Brewster Public Library, Brewster, NY.


July 7, 2014, 4 p.m.: Book Signing, THE KASHMIRI SHAWL, Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, MA.

July 21, 2014, 4 p.m.: Book Signing, THE KASHMIRI SHAWL, Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, MA.

July 25, 2014, 7 p.m.: Reading from THE KASHMIRI SHAWL, Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY (914) 332-4825


June 21, 2014: Saturday from 10 to 4: The ABCs of Mystery Fiction--all-day Intensive Class covering the basics of writing mystery fiction.

May 1 to June 12 (skipping June 5) 2014: 6 Thursdays at 7: Pageturning Fiction. Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York.

May 7, 2014, noon: Murder By The Book: The Popularity of the Bibliomystery, New Canaan Public Library. New Canaan, Connecticut


4/​30-5/​2/​10: Malice Domestic Conference, Washington, D.C.

4/​23-24: Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA

4/​8-4/​29: Four Thursdays, How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

4/​1/​10: Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

3/​11-3/​14/​10: Left Coast Crime Conference, Los Angeles

3/​10/​10: University of California at San Diego, Creative Writing Program

2/​20/​10: Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, PA

2/​9/​10: Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ

2/​4/​10: Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield, CT

2/​6/​10: Book Cove, Pawling, NY

1/​24/​10: Reading from DEATH WITHOUT TENURE, 4:30 p.m. Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

9/​24-11/​19/​09: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Hudson Walley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

6/​12-6/​14/​09: Historical Novels Conference, Schaumburg, IL. Moderator of Panel: Historical Accuracy vs. Plot: A Debate on Balancing Fact and Fiction

4/​14/​09-5/​18/​09: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

9/​21/​08-12/​4/​08: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

7/​10/​08-8/​14/​08: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Thursday, 7 p.m, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

7/​16/​08, 7/​30/​08: New England Small Town Mysteries, Wednesday, noon -2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

1/​24/​08-3/​27/​08: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Thursday, 7 p.m., Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

NEW--Additional Classes: 4/​3, 4/​10, 4/​17, 4/​24
Contact maureen@​writerscenter.org to register.

2/​6/​08-2/​27/​08: How to Write Pageturning Fiction, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

4/​19/​08: Memoir Writing, Saturday 2-5 p.m., Brewster Library, Brewster, NY

5/​8/​08: Guest panelist, Somers League of Women Voters Luncheon, Le Chateau, North Salem, NY

9/​6/​07 - Writing Detective Fiction
10 a.m. Wilton Library
Wilton, CT

9/​8/​07-9/​29/​07 - Memoir Writing
Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Ridgefield Library
Ridgefield, CT.

9/​17/​07 - Bronx Noir
Writing the Bronx
Fordham University
4 p.m.

9/​20/​07-11/​8/​07 - How to Write Pageturning Fiction
Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Phillipse Manor, NY

11/​4/​07 - Reading from Bronx Noir and Discussion
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Mahopac Library
Mahopac, NY