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Making It Up: Fiction Writing Workshop (Part 1 of 4)

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Making It Up: Fiction Writing Workshop
Presented in Partnership with the Inlandia Institute and Facilitated by Author Marj Charlier

Inlandia Institute

Join us for Making It Up: Fiction Writing Workshop, presented in partnership with the Inlandia Institute. Facilitated by author and publisher Marj Charlier, this four-week series will help you get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write! Advanced Registration is requested as seating is limited. Please email inlandiafiction@gmail.com to register and for more information. Click here to view the flyer.

Session 1: The Modern American Novel will share four drivers of good fiction and how to get started. The session will begin at 6:00 p.m. in The Learning Center.


Marj CharlierMarj Charlier received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University (Phi Beta Kappa) and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked at small and mid-sized dailies before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism, she received an MBA from Regis University and began a second career in corporate finance. As a VP of investor relations, she coordinated financial reporting for public companies, wrote executive speeches, and did competitive and financial analysis.  

She published her first novel Putt for Show in 2013 as she was retiring from business. She then wrote the sequel Drive for Dough and three other novels about women facing major career and life changes: Hacienda: A South American Romance, Professional Lies and Thwack! She wrote two romance novels under the pseudonym Marjorie Pinkerton Miller: One Way to Succeed and No Way to Win (Boutique Hotels of Palm Springs Romances). More recently, she published the first two novels in her Johnson Station series about a small town in Iowa rescued by a group of retired women: Gracie’s Revolution and Jackie’s Campaign. She is currently writing the third Johnson Station novel, is working on a memoir and owns a small, hybrid publishing company.

Marj was born in Iowa, has lived in eight states as an adult, and now resides in Palm Springs, CA with her husband. She has attended the Iowa Writers Workshop’s summer intensive novel-writing program and currently serves on the boards of the Palm Springs branch of the National League of American Pen Women and the Diamond Valley Writers Guild. She also serves on the publication board for Inlandia Institute and leads workshops for the organization in Palm Springs.


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