Best-selling authors share their process and craft

Writers on Writing, an event hosted by the English department at Mount Mary University, brings authors to campus to talk about their successful work, challenges they overcame, and the craft they love.

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Writers on Writing: February 5, 2018: Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including her latest book, Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat. The book is one part feminist history, two parts fresh cocktail recipes, a splash of veteran barkeep advice, and is garnished with charming illustrations. Hurt’s other books include The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. As a full-time journalist, Hurt has written about spirits, wine, and food for, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast,,, and dozens more publications. When she’s not writing, traveling, cooking or shaking up some concoction, she can usually be found walking along Milwaukee’s lakefront with her husband, their son, and their dog.

Writers on Writing: February 5, 2018: Jim Higgins

Jim Higgins is the author of Wisconsin Literary Luminaries: From Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ayad Akhtar and his freelance writing has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Writer magazine, Free Verse, the anthology “Dreams & Secrets: New Work by Milwaukee Writers” and other publications. Higgins writes and edits stories about books, the performing arts and other subjects for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1983. He was a member of the Journal Sentinel writing team that won the Association of Food Journalists 2004 award for special projects for a series on obesity. He has also won honors from the Society for Features Journalism and the Milwaukee Press Club. Higgins is particularly proud to be a two-time winner of the Milwaukee Sentinel staff-voted award for humor writing.


Writers on Writing: April 11, 2018: Christopher Mohar


Christopher Mohar is the author of The Denialist’s Almanac of American Plague and Pestilence, winner of the 2017 Etchings Press Novella Contest. He has been the recipient of a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship and The Southwest Review’s McGinnis Ritchie Award for fiction. Selected recent works can be found in The Mississippi Review, North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, Arts & Letters, and New Stories from the Midwest (Indiana University Press). Mohar teaches creative writing at Mt. Mary University and lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, daughter, and a chicken named Duck.