New Crime Fiction Academy Online Writing Workshop! 


Crafting the
Perfect Crime Novel
led by Steph Cha

Weeks of July 9th through August 13th
Virtual Meetings: Wednesdays, 8:30 - 10pm EST



The secret of great crime fiction is that it’s no secret. Unearthing the plot, finding the voice, getting readers to care while they turn pages. Steph Cha, author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough, leads this new online workshop aimed at perfecting the storytelling elements that go into great crime writing. Got a few stories that need polishing, a crime novel in progress that’s lost its way or is hiding under too much clutter? This is the place to dust it off, rework, edit and get it ready for publication. find out more

Founded in 2012, The Crime Fiction Academy is the first 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 invited to our series of Master Class events featuring all-star writers. Each Master Class is followed by a private reception for CFA students only. In spring 2017 we were joined by Ian Rankin. We also hosted part II of our special Women in Crime panelThis fall we hosted Master Classes with Colin Harrison and Caleb Carr. We also hosted a special event on the spy novel with Paul Vidich and Joseph Kanon.


Our classes culminate at the end of the year 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 we have a new exclusive program for CFA students with Amazon Kindle Singlesfeaturing stories by our students selected by some of the best crime writers working today. 


While we prepare for our move to Brooklyn our Crime Fiction Academy has gone virtual! Stay tuned for announcements about online writing workshops and more by signing up for our email newsletter.






"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! 

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Our first Amazon Kindle Single featuring "Gym Rat" by Lawrence Block with the story "The Murder Club" by CFA student Matt Plass is available now! BUY NOW


Our Amazon Kindle Singles program is an exciting new initiative exclusively for students enrolled in CFA. Students now have the opportunity to submit their stories for inclusion in the CFA-branded Amazon Kindle Singles program. Some of the best crime fiction writers working today, many of whom have been Master Teachers at CFA, will select the stories and pair it with one of their own in a final downloadable double e-story. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great writers in CFA and for students to have their work recognized and made available to readers across the country.