Spring 2015 Courses

Crafting the Perfect Crime Novel: A Writing Workshop 
led by Alison Gaylin

Session One: 6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, March 2 - April 6
Session Two: 6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, April 13 - May 18
Members: $600/six weeks; $1,200/twelve weeks
Nonmembers: $660/six weeks; $1,320/twelve weeks

Advanced Crime Fiction Writing Workshop
led by Jonathan Santlofer
Session One: 6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, March 2 - April 6
Session Two: 6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, April 13 - May 18
Members: $600/six weeks; $1,200/twelve weeks
Nonmembers: $660/six weeks; $1,320/twelve weeks

Learning from the Masters: Refining Your Craft
led by Duane Swierczynski

Session One: 6:30 - 9pm, Tuesday evenings, Feb. 10 - March 18
(Classes on March 11 and 18 will meet on Wednesday, not Tuesday)
Session Two: 6:30 - 9pm, Tuesday evenings, March 24 - April 28
Members: $600/six weeks; $1,200/twelve weeks
Nonmembers: $660/six weeks; $1,320/twelve weeks

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 sara@centerforfiction.org 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.




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.