Announcing Fall 2014 CFA Workshops

We are now offering this 12-week workshop in two successive 6-week sessions. Students have the option of signing up for only one session at a time​, or paying a discounted rate for both. Sign up for one of our three offerings this fall and let the murder and mayhem begin! 

SJ Rozan: Elements of Crime Fiction Writing

Session One: ​6:30 - 9pm, Thursday evenings, Sept. 18 - Oct. 23

Session Two: ​6:30 - 9pm, Thursday evenings​, Oct. 30 - Dec. 11

Members: $550/six weeks or $1,000/twelve weeks 
Nonmembers: $610/six weeks or $1,200/twelve weeks

Alison Gaylin: Crafting the Perfect Crime Novel

Session One: ​6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, Sept. 15 - Oct. 27
Session Two: ​6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, Nov. 4 - Dec. 8

Members: $550/six weeks or $1,000/twelve weeks
Nonmembers: $610/six weeks or $1,200/twelve weeks

Jonathan Santlofer: Advanced Crime Fiction Writing

Session One: ​6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, Sept. 15 - Oct. 27 
Session Two: ​6:30 - 9pm, Monday evenings, Nov. 4 - Dec. 8

Members: $550/six weeks or $1,000/twelve weeks 
Nonmembers: $610/six weeks or $1,200/twelve weeks


We would like to congratulate CFA student Rhonda Gold, whose story "One Shoe, Purple" has 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



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, 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. 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!




Master Classes



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