The Crime Fiction Academy is the first ongoing program exclusively dedicated to crime writing in all its forms. 


Students are taught by successful practitioners of the genre, and classes take place in The Center’s eight-story building at 17 E. 47th Street in Manhattan. Every writer enrolled in CFA attends a 12-week Writing Workshop, one private Master Class each month, and a Crime Fiction Reading seminar. In addition, each writer has access to special lectures and discussions with editors and agents from the world of crime fiction publishing, round-the clock membership in The Center’s Writers’ Studio, free admission to all Center for Fiction events, and access to the Center’s extensive circulating collection, which won a Mystery Writers of America Raven Award for its amazing in-depth collection of crime fiction.


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CFA Master Class: Michael Connelly

Wednesday February 12, 2014
07:00 pm

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Michael Connelly, award-winning author of over 25 novels, joined CFA Director Jonathan Santlofer to offer advice to budding crime writers as part of our Crime Fiction Academy. 



About The Gods of Guilt (Little, Brown and Company)

Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP — 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.


When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.


Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.



Michael Connelly has written over 25 novels including The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, The Last Coyote, The Poet, The Closers, The Lincoln Lower and many more. His novel, Blood Work, named as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times was adapted into film in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Connolly's 22nd novel, The Reversal, was named #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards. Connolly lives with his family in Florida.