Christine DeSmet is a UW-Madison writing coach, Master-class teacher, novel author and screenwriter, and director of the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, celebrating its 20th year in June. Many of her past students have become published—mostly due to their hard work, of course; Christine is honored to have been a tiny part of their journey.
Christine writes the Fudge Shop Mystery Series (Penguin/Random House) set in Door County, Wis., a bestseller for Barnes & Noble. She is the author of the Mischief in Moonstone romantic mystery novella series from Writers Exchange Publishing, including new-in-paperback When Rudolph Was Kidnapped and Misbehavin’ in Moonstone. Christine is currently developing a new mystery book series.
As a teacher, she specializes in master classes and one-on-one coaching in all genres, literary and commercial, including YA and children’s. She teaches an online course for new novelists wishing to get underway “fast and sure.” Christine is a past winner of the Slamdance Film Festival; that true-story historical screenplay is currently on the production slate of Mary Aloe Entertainment. Christine’s short script, “The Stone Carver,” written with Peggy Williams, is being produced by Living Storm Productions. Her stage play co-written with Peggy Williams, “Climax!,” about a struggling writer, was a top-ten finalist in a Wisconsin Wrights New Play Contest. Christine is a member of the Writing Sisters, Mystery Writers of America and its Midwest chapter, Sisters in Crime and its Wisconsin chapter, Romance Writers of America and its Wisconsin chapter, and the group called Writers Must Eat! that formed at the Writers’ Institute.