About Christine DeSmet

Christine is a novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, playwright, writing coach, and speaker/workshop leader.

She teaches writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies where she directed many programs including the “Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat” and founded the “Writers’ Institute.”

She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Writers Guild of America, East. She is a past Golden Heart winner and finalist (three times) in the contests sponsored by Romance Writers of America. Her romantic suspense novel, Spirit Lake, won RWA’s Golden Pen Contest.

With writing partners Peggy Williams and Bob Shill, Christine earned first place in a Slamdance Film Festival writing contest with a true-story script about Donaldina Cameron and optioned it to New Line Cinema once upon a time. She has optioned other projects as well and continues to write scripts and coach screenwriters.

Christine was raised on a farm in southern Wisconsin where she learned the value and joy of hard work in the out-of-doors, then graduated valedictorian in a high school class of 29 students. She went on to get her two academic degrees in journalism from UW-Madison.

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