Author Cynthia Swanson to Present Cross Genre Novel Workshop

Write On, Door County ( is hosting award-winning novelists, poets, nonfiction writers and more – including Hal Prize fiction judge Cynthia Swanson – as they offer programs to help aspiring writers

Swanson will present a workshop, The Cross Genre Novel, on Aug. 10, 10-11:30 am, at Nicolet National Bank in Sister Bay. If you want to write a novel that incorporates elements of, for instance, historical fiction and mystery, or romance and science fiction, how do you combine the two and find a market? Swanson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest – partially set in Door County – will share her insights into successful cross-genre novels. 

On Aug. 13, another novel partially set in Door County – Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers – will be the focus of a discussion and free writing-lab activity offered by Write On, Door County writer-in-residence Zoe Zolbrod. Zolbrod and Makkai have been in the same writing group for several years, and Zolbrod watched the evolution of Makkai’s novel, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. 


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