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Writers’ Institute 2017 – Past Success Stories


Cover design award for Goss book and HenschelHAUS publishing
The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) gave first-place winning gold to the cover design of author Margaret Goss’s 2015 suspense/thriller novel, The Uncommitted, at the awards ceremony, May 13, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The award-winning artist was Clarissa Yeo. The book is published by Three Towers Press, a division of HenschelHAUS Publishing, Milwaukee.

Goss and HenschelHAUS Publishing have participated in the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Writers’ Institute and other writing programs.

Another Writers’ Institute participant and HenschelHAUS author, Nick Chiarkas, made the MIPA finals in the Fiction-Mystery/Thriller category for his suspense, Weepers. MIPA serves a 12-state region.


Bibi Belford, Chicago, sells another middle-grade novel

Bibi Belford, Chicago, is the author of Canned and Crushed, published in March 2015, and Crossing the Line (historical fiction), to be published July 4, 2017. Another D for DeeDee, a companion novel to Canned and Crushed, will be out Fall 2017 or earlier. All of her books are published by Sky Pony Press. “I consider the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies to be the cornerstone of my writing career.”


MIPA contest finalists include Ernst and Chiarkas
The 26th annual Midwest Book Awards from the Midwest Independent Publishing Association include 2 that we know well:

Kathleen Ernst, for A Settler’s Year, photographs by Loyd Heath (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Madison, Wis.). Category: Arts/Coffee Table Books/Photography. Kathleen has taught for UW-Madison Continuing Studies in the past and was the keynote for the June 2016 Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat in Madison, Wis.

Nick Chiarkas, for Weepers (Three Towers Press, Milwaukee, Wis.). His novel is set in NYC in 1957. Category: Fiction-Mystery/Thriller. Nick was recently on panels at the Writers’ Institute in which he talked about the great help he received from UW-Madison Continuing Studies Critique Services and Christine DeSmet.


Doreen Pfost published by University of Nebraska Press
Doreen Pfost has attended a number of Writers’ Institute conferences and her book This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte, was published in February 2016 by University of Nebraska Press. It’s a collection of essays that weave together memoir, natural history, and human history in an exploration of Nebraska’s Platte River, where a half-million Sandhill cranes stop over each year during their spring migration.


New novel from Teri Woods, Madison
Author Teri Woods, writing as T.E. Woods, is back with the 5th installment of her best-selling thriller Justice Series, Fixed in Fear (Alibi/Random House).

Teri was featured on our Writers’ Institute success panel. She also attended the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat to start her journey to novel success.


Jim Papandrea publishes 2 new books
Jim has been a speaker and Success Story Panelist at our Writers’ Institutes. He continues to write and he has published 2 new books including Handed Down and Novation of Rome 

Congratulations Jim! Please view his home page and Amazon Author Page.


Margaret Goss, Madison, has first novel published
The Uncommitted, a first novel for Margaret Goss, Madison, was published in paperback by Three Towers Press (an imprint of HenschelHAUS, Milwaukee). The novel is about a young mother (Josephine Reilly) who discovers she’s a messenger between the dead and living — a discovery that makes her and those close to her the target of an invisible evil. The setting is suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

A launch party is planned Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Great Dane Pub, 876 Jupiter Dr., Madison.

Margaret attended Writers’ Institute and also received critique services from staff member Christine DeSmet.


Questions? Contact director Laurie Scheer, 608-265-3972, or Laura Kahl, 608-262-3982,