Jonathan Santlofer: Advanced Crime Fiction Writing

Meets: Every Monday Evening


Session 1: January 30 - March 13
(no session on Feb. 20th)

Session 2: March 20 - May 1
(no session on April 10th)


Time: 6:30 - 9pm

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. Geared toward the writer with some experience this workshop will concentrate on all of the elements that go into great crime writing. In-class reading, writing and critique are an integral part of this class. In all, this is a workshop for the serious student who wants to hone his or her skills. 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.


New students interested in joining Jonathan's workshop should first send an email to Sara Batkie ( that includes a short writing sample (500 words or fewer) to be considered for the class.


Jonathan Santlofer is the author of 5 novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Wolfe Award for best crime novel of 2009. He is co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street, and editor/ contributor to LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories. His short stories appear in numerous collections, including The Rich & the Dead, edited by Nelson De Mille, New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. He served as editor/contributor for Akashic Books The Marijuana Chronicles and for Touchstone’s bestselling serial novel Inherit the Dead. He serves on the boards of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers of North America. He currently teaches Crime Fiction Writing in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing program, and has taught at Columbia University and The New School. Santlofer is also a visual artist and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center and serves on the board of Yaddo.