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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:

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.