Mystery Writer Gives Students Some Tips

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 14, 1999 | Go to article overview

Mystery Writer Gives Students Some Tips


Byline: Brian Sutherland

Seven seniors from Hoffman Estates High School gave up a day in the classroom last Thursday and attended a high school writers conference at Elgin Community College accompanied by English teacher Marcia Nelson.

St. Charles resident D.C. Brod, mystery author and creator of the Quint McCauley character, spoke at the conference, sponsored by ECC and Elgin High School.

Brod shared with students how she became interested in the mystery genre of fiction and how she became a published author, adding tips and suggestions for young adults who wish to become writers.

"After hearing D.C. Brod speak, I now have hope that my writing can someday be published," Annie Brodsky said.

Brod also read aloud an excerpt from her novel "Murder in Store," one of four books in which Quint McCauley appears.

After being entertained by Brod, students participated in a writing activity followed by an open mike. Participants were given a list of previously written lines and encouraged to begin or complete an original story using one of them. …

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