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Pitch perfect: The Writers’ Institute helps aspiring authors get published

by The Isthmus

MARCH 30, 2017

I’m sitting in a small conference room at the Madison Concourse Hotel with 11 strangers at tables arranged so we’re all facing each other. Under other circumstances, it would be uncomfortable.

We’re gathered on this overcast and chilly late-Friday afternoon to hear Patricia Skalka — author of the popular “Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery” series — talk about her journey from nationally published freelance journalist to successful novelist.

This is exactly the kind of experience I’d hoped for when I registered for the 2017 UW-Madison Writers’ Institute, a 28-year-old spring tradition helmed by the university’s Division of Continuing Studies. Read more…