Jason Starr: Crafting the Perfect Crime Novel

Meets: Every Monday evening


Nov. 13 - Dec. 18. 


Time: 6:30 - 9pm

Like the proverbial “perfect murder,” the perfect crime novel is well-timed, seamlessly plotted and leaves a lasting impact. In this workshop, we will explore all the elements that go into the perfect crime novel—from creating complex, interesting characters to crafting effective dialogue, plot and pacing to finding a unique voice to tell the story. Each week will include a discussion of a specific element, as illustrated by a prompt to be completed at home (and read aloud the following week). In addition, we will focus on 5-10 pages from three workshop members, remembering to consider each of these elements when giving our criticism. Whether you’re looking to perfect a completed manuscript or embarking on something new, this workshop will sharpen your skills—and take you where you need to be to tell stories that “kill.”


Jason Starr is the international bestselling author of twelve crime novels, which have been published in nine languages, including Anthony Award winner Twisted City and Barry Award winner Tough Luck. He has also co-written four novels with Ken Bruen for Hard Case Crime, and writes comics for Marvel (Wolverine, The Punisher, Ant-Man) and DC (Batman, Sandman, The Avenger), and original graphic novels, including Anthony Award winner, The Chill. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including Wall Street NoirDublin Noir, and Jewish Noir. His latest novel, Savage Lane, was published in October, 2015 by Polis Books.