Founded in 2012, The Crime Fiction Academy is the first ongoing program exclusively dedicated to crime writing in all its forms.


Students can enroll in a variety of workshops taught by successful practitioners of the genre and are are invited to our series of Master Class events featuring all-star writers (in Spring 2016 we hosted Richard PriceLee Child, and Sara Paretsky). Each Master Class is followed by a private reception for CFA students only. 

Our classes culminate in a Crime Fiction Slam featuring readings by our students with an audience filled with the editors, agents, and publishing professionals that the Center invites. And this spring we have a new exclusive program for CFA students with Amazon Kindle Singles, featuring stories by our students introduced by some of the best crime writers working today. 


Students also receive a membership to our Writers' Studio with access to our extensive circulating collection


Click here to find out more about the program and all the amazing benefits of CFA. And stay tuned for information about our fall schedule! 






"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, Elmore Leonard and many more! Click through to see our entire archive! 


In 2014 we were honored to host Ruth Rendell with Sisters in Crime. We hope you enjoy! 

CFA Success Stories

We would like to congratulate Seamus Scanlon, former CFA student and NYC Emerging Writer fellow, who has now had four flash fiction pieces on Akashic's Mondays are Murder series. The latest is "The Great Fire of Galway." 


Cogratulations to 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 as well.


Congratulations to Crime Fiction Academy alum Michael Weinreb, 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.


Are you a CFA student or alum with publication news? We'd love to hear from you! E-mail



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