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Reading and Panel Discussion: Preble County District Library Author-Con

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10am – 2pm

Preble County Library – Eaton Branch

301 N. Barron St., Eaton, OH 45320


Columbus Pride Reading with Kristen Lepionka

Friday, June 15, 2018, 7pm

The Book Loft

631 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43206

Join Meredith Doench and Kristen Lepionka to kick off Columbus Pride, 2018. Let’s celebrate queer characters in detective fiction.


Previous Engagements

Panel Discussion & Book Fair: Ohioana Book Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:30am – 5pm

Ohioana Library

274 E. First Ave., Suite 300 Columbus, OH 43201

Join Meredith along with authors John Hegenberger, Dennis Hetzel, and Jessica Strawser for her panel, “Danger and Intrigue,” and stay for the book fair!

“Revise Like a Rockstar: Editing Strategies for Prose” Writing Workshop (with Christiane Buuck)

Monday, May 7, 2018, 6pm – 8pm

James Thurber House

91 Jefferson Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Many writers dread the act of revision, particularly after they have just completed a draft. Sometimes the mere idea of editing a draft can be daunting, but strong editing is one of the sharpest tools in a writer’s toolbox. In this workshop, we will use a sample draft and practice several revision methods. At the end of this workshop you’ll have strategies to take back to your own work.

Doench to lead fiction writing workshop at University of Dayton LitFest

Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018

Humanities Center, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45459

Sponsored by the University of Dayton Department of English, LitFest features two days of workshops and readings from nationally acclaimed and emergent writers.

Meredith Doench featured at READOUT: Books for Lesbians

Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gulfport Public Library, Gulfpoint, Florida

Doench will read from Forsaken Trust on Feb 17 and speak on panel Why Write for Lesbians? Feb 18. For more information and a detailed schedule, go to

Doench to participate in the Roundtable discussion, Rhetorics/Rights/(R)evolutions: Feminism(s): Radical Prose in Creative Writing

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Friday October 6, 2017

The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

With Ellen O’Connell Whittet, Lindsey Light, and Catalina Bartlett, this roundtable will weave together multiple ways in which creative writers are incorporating the issues of feminisms into their work. The written word, particularly given the environment of our current political culture, holds great power in its representations and its arguments regarding rights and the (R)evolution of women. To that end, this roundtable is concerned with how creative writers use the narrative to engage issues of feminist/human/women’s rights activism and advocacy, women’s social justice rhetorics, historical representations of feminisms, intersectionality, and the evolving categories of “women” and their concerns. Read more

Doench to lead Antioch Writers’ Retreat in Fall, 2017

September 29-October 1, 2017

Bergamo Retreat Center, Beavercreek, OH

This retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels) or essay(s)/creative nonfiction either complete or in progress and who wish to focus on revising/completing this work and identifying next steps on their writing paths. Up to fifteen writers will be selected from applicants. For more information or to apply, visit:

Doench’s Crossed featured as monthly selection for Stonewall Columbus’ Women’s Book Club

August 16, 2017

Stonewall Columbus, Columbus, OH  

The Women’s Book Club at Stonewall Columbus monthly meeting will feature a guest appearance by the author. For more information, visit


Fredrick Marion interviews Meredith Doench for

Centerville author finds success with thrillers” Dayton Daily News feature article by Sharon Short

Author Interview: Meredith Doench with Bold Strokes Books



from The Lesbian Review

“This may have been Doench’s first book, but it is written so confidently with a multilayered story, that it is difficult to believe her a novice.”

from The Lesbian Review

“What’s not to love? This is a proper police procedural with lesbian characters that is not propped up by a romance. I’m ecstatic that this kind of book is being created, it shows how much the lesbian fiction market has grown in the last few years. This book gives lesbians (and others) a really good story that you would probably see on Law and Order, CSI or Rizzoli and Ilses without the hetro-normative characters or the need to ‘ship characters.”

"3 Books with Incidental Lesbians" - The Lesbian Talk Show Podcast

If you love crime fiction or television shows you will love this book, but do not go in expecting a romance. Readers of James Patterson, Sue Grafton and the like will enjoy this book.


Queercentric recommends: Crossed by Meredith Doench

I highly recommend Crossed, which turned out to be a great freshman thriller from Doench. While there was not a lot of romance, prepare yourself for an emotional ride filled with disturbing scenes that show a lack human decency; a ride that also makes multiple explorations into the human psyche. ~Jay Chase