If you’re looking for a writing workshop or lively discussion on Illinois politics, contact Kristin. She enjoys speaking to:
- Writers’ organizations and offering workshops on all aspects of writing from crafting first words to publication;
- Book clubs to discuss Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street and her writing process;
- Homeschoolers, unschoolers, teachers, educators, parents, students, or anyone else interested in exploring unschooling and alternative forms of education.
Kristin A. Oakley is the president and co-founder of In Print, a professional writers’ organization in the Rockford, Illinois area; a board member of the Chicago Writers Association; and the editor of The Write City Magazine. As a writing instructor at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Kristin critiques manuscripts and offers an online course on cliffhangers. Kristin was an editorial columnist for the Freeport, Illinois newspaper, the iNK; wrote editorials in the Freeport Journal Standard and Rockford Register Star; and penned articles for Home Education Magazine. She has a B.A. in psychology and a J.D., both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kristin’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction and was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year Award. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released on September 15, 2016. Kristin’s currently working on a third Leo Townsend novel and a young adult dystopian novel.