Here’s what’s currently on Kathleen's calendar. She hopes to see you at one of these upcoming programs.

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Feb 3rd, 2019 (Sun) -- Feb 7th, 2019 (Thu)
  Writing Retreat - Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 - Undisclosed Location

Gone Writing graphic featuring snow covered tree branches. Graphic by Scott Meeker.Kathleen will be away this week working full time on the manuscript for the tenth book in her popular, award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

Kathleen is under contract to Midnight Ink Books to deliver Fiddling With Fate for publication in September 2019.

Business inquiries can be directed to Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst"), her husband and business partner, who will be manning the home office daily. 

Kathleen Ernst, LLC - 7307 Vista Court, Middleton, WI

Feb 8th, 2019 (Fri)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Free Public Workshop - Food Traditions: Remembering and Writing - Write On Door County - Fish Creek WI

Write On Door County logo.

Kathleen will be teaching a free, half-day public workshop about how to recall, record, and celebrate the food traditions of your family or community. This event is open to adults and teensno writing or culinary experience needed. 

Precious family stories are often shared around the table, and many involve special recipes themselves. This workshop will include several writing activities designed to help capture food-related memories. We’ll also briefly discuss techniques for preserving original recipes, and explore various creative options for presenting recipes and memories. 

Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come basis. Join Kathleen from 1-4 PM, February 8th, in the popular resort village of Fish Creek, WI. For more details about the workshop and how to register, click HERE.

Write On Door County - (920) 868-1457 - 4177 Juddville Rd., Fish Creek, WI

Mar 8th, 2019 (Fri)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Author Program - The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - Adult Senior Center - Port Washington WI

Port Washington WI Adult Senior Center logo.Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mysteries written for adults and mature teens who enjoy traditional mysteries without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

Kathleen's lively, richly-illustrated program will take readers 'behind the scenes' to reveal the people, places, and the past that inspired her to write the now nine books featuring museum curator (and reluctant sleuth) Chloe Ellefson and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna.

Her presentation will include details about her newest Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, which is set in 1983 at Green Bay's Heritage Hill State Historical Park and the Belgian-American communities of southern Door County, WI. 

The book also includes an historic thread that starts in 1848 in the Kingdom of Belgium, and continues from 1854 through 1919 in Door County. The historic story focuses on the struggles of a Belgian lacemaker and her family to survive cholera, famine, our Civil War, the Great Fire, and World War I to establish themselves in America.

Kathleen will also provide a brief reveal of the next Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, which comes out in September 2019.

And Kathleen will share how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Roelke, and how she researches and writes their stories.

This hour-long program starts at 10:30 AM, Friday, March 8th, at the Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center, and is free and open to the public. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Kathleen is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular The Larry Meiller Show discussing her Chloe books, one of which was read by Jim Fleming on WPR's long-running Chapter A Day program.

In addition to mysteries, Kathleen writes historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy for educational television, six Council for Wisconsin Writers book awards, the 2018 Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery awards.

To date readers have purchased over 1.75 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of Kathleen's 37 published books.

Port Washington Senior Center - (262) 284-5821 - 403 W. Foster St., Port Washington, WI

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