Kristin Oakley teaches workshops on everything from character development and cliffhangers to self-publishing and book tours. She has critiqued manuscripts through the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies and has helped hundreds of writers hone their agent pitches at the Division’s Writers’ Institute. A former Chicago Writers Association board member, Kristin was the managing editor of The Write City Magazine and The Write City Review. Kristin’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was a finalist in the Winning Writers 2018 North Street Book Prize. Kristin is writing a young adult dystopian series called The Devil Particle Trilogy and has a bi-monthly newsletter about her writing life.