Summer 2015 at The Crime Fiction Academy


For the first time, The Center will offer a four-day summer writing intensive workshop at our Crime Fiction Academy. Join Jonathan Santlofer for this unique opportunity to polish your work for submission, from first draft to finished story. In addition to a daily workshop session, students will attend an evening panel with publishers and editors from prestigious print and online magazines to learn best practices for getting your stories out into the world.

Space is limited so don't delay! This summer is going to be killer.

Jonathan Santlofer: On the Short Story
Dates: July 13 - 16

Time: 10am - 1pm

Please note: There will be an additional panel from 7pm-8pm on Thursday, July 16


Members: $450
Nonmembers: $500

We are now offering a 10% tuition discount to members of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America for our Spring 2015 session. Just email with proof of membership to receive the discount. If you are part of another MWA chapter and will be in New York this spring, let us know and we can also provide the discount for you. Please note: when purchasing workshop with MWA discount, please use the nonmember price unless you are seperately a member of The Center for Fiction. 




The Crime Fiction Academy made its debut in mid-February 2012. 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 (divided up into two six-week sessions), plus master classes with experts in the field. All classes, workshops, and lectures take place in the evening. Students may enroll for one term, but commitment of at least a year is advised to take full advantage of the program. Anyone can enroll! Click here to find out more about the program.




We would like to congratulate CFA students Rhonda Gold and Jackie Freimor, whose stories "One Shoe, Purple" (Gold) and "Some Country" (Freimor) have been selected for Akashic's Mondays Are Murder series.


Congratulations to Crime Fiction Academy alum Michael Weinreb (left), whose story “The Ocean” has been selected for inclusion in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  

And hats off to Rich Zahradnik, whose novel Last Words will be published by Camel Press—along with three more in the series. Rich workshopped Last Words in the CFA.



"Crime Fiction Academy absolutely exceeded all expectations. Dedicated and enthusiastic instruction from accomplished novelists and up-close and personal contact with the top writers and industry professionals in the game. It was total immersion into the world of crime fiction writing–hosted in an amazing landmark building by The Center For Fiction."

 — Jonas Paterno


"[CFA is] a wonderful workshop, the best I've ever participated in. [Jonathan Santlofer's] experience and perspective has been and will be invaluable ... It's as if I have a brand new tool to apply, one I should have used before but perhaps loved my book too much to do so."

 — Vito Racanelli, whose story "Eyes" appears in The Literarian.


"It was such a pleasure, treat, honor and wonderful experience to have met [Jonathan Santlofer], worked with him and been in his class. He is a dedicated teacher and a warm, generous person."

 — Michael Harvey





Watch videos from previous Master Class talks, given by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, and Elmore Leonard.