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How do you tell your stories?

All stories, whether fiction or non-fiction, benefit from suspense.

With the help of Jane’s suspense-building tools and techniques, you’ll create page-turners readers can’t put down.

About Jane

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In addition to being a multi-award-winning and best-selling author, Jane presents a free monthly webinar series on the craft of writing as well as the Mystery Mastermind series—her small-group virtual writing workshops.

She is also a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award, in partnership with AHMM.

Jane has an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). Jane is a lecturer at Lehman College, and a frequent workshop facilitator and guest author at writing conferences and university programs.

Additionally, Jane has more than 25 years’ experience as a curriculum developer, workshop facilitator, and corporate trainer. She has developed content and facilitated workshops for scores of writing conferences, associations, libraries, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies throughout North America, as well as organizations in Europe and Asia. Jane also keynotes at writing conferences, association meetings, and universities.

Hosts of workshop, training programs, and corporate events Jane has led include

Writing Conferences
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference • Sleuthfest • Permian Basin Writers Workshop • Deadly Ink • Malice Domestic • CozyCon • Writer’s Weekend Escape • Association of Writers and Writing Programs • Bouchercon  • Malice Domestic  •  Story Expo

Associations and Literary Societies
The Jane Austen Society • Sisters in Crime • Wolfe Pack • Mystery Writers of America• The American Library Association Conference • The New York Library Association • Many Others

Libraries and Library Associations
The New York Public Library • Tomball Library • Robson Library • Eastchester Library • Los Angeles Public Library • Westport Library • Many Others

Corporations and Professional Associations
American Express • Pepsi • Pfizer • Pricewaterhouse Coopers • Zenith Media • OMD • DAS • The American Association of Advertising Agencies • The American Management Association • The Hong Kong Bureau of Trade • The Singapore Health Promotion Board • Many Others

The University of Toledo • Clemson University • Ulster University • Western Connecticut State University • University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast • Many Others

Learning Opportunities

Jane currently offers a selection of in-person and virtual learning opportunities suited to writers along the entire path to publication. Click the buttons below to learn more.

Jane’s FREE Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

These free monthly webinars explore topics essential to author success—from plotting and planning to publishing and promotion. Each webinars last roughly an hour with a live Q & A session to answer audience questions and clarify details. Replays will be available soon!

Mystery Mastermind Workshops

Six-to-eight-session workshops designed to help you hone your manuscript and overcome writing roadblocks with the help of Jane and your fellow Mystery Masterminds. Completion earns a Mystery Mastermind certificate!

Custom Presentations

Want Jane to speak at your conference, writer’s group, library, literary club, corporate event, or other gatherings? She’s love to hear more. Pick a topic from her list or discuss your needs with her to customize a presentation that attendees won’t soon forget!

Free Writing Tips

During her “Ask Jane” Youtube shorties, Jane provides quick and concise answers to a single question or topic to help you gain an understanding of essential writing topics without a bunch of fluff. Questions are often sourced from her free writing webinars, reader emails, or social media—so you might find a question you’ve asked answered there!

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