CFA Video Archives

Check out these videos of our public talks by crime fiction greats of the world. Following the talks, each guest leads a private master class with the Crime Fiction Academy students, giving them a chance to ask questions and discuss the art of crime writing in a more intimate setting.


CFA Masters: Megan Abbott & Christian Jungersen

October 14, 2014


Christian Jungersen and Megan Abbott joined us at The Center to read from and discuss their latest books, You Disappear (Jungersen) and The Fever (Abbott).










CFA Masters: Lawrence Block

September 30, 2015


The author of several books about the craft of writing, Block discussed crime writing, his long and successful career, and his novel, The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes.







CFA Masters: Lawrence Block

September 19, 2012


Lawrence Block offered helpful advice to crime writers about the art of crime fiction. Block is an award-winning author whos recent novels include A Drop of the Hard Stuff and Getting Off. He has also written books for writers, including Telling Lies for Fun & Profit, and The Liar's Bible.






CFA Masters: Caleb Carr

December 7, 2017


Critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, Killing Time, The Legend of Broken and 2016's Surrender, New York Caleb Carr joined us for an unmissable CFA Masterclass. Carr gave a presentation on his life and work, and discussed crime fiction writing.





CFA Masters: Lorenzo Carcaterra

May 1, 2013


Lorenzo Carcaterra, number-one New York Times bestselling author, discussed his career's progression over the past thirty years. In this time, he worked in many fields, including fiction, non-fiction, television, and film.





CFA Masters: Lee Child

March 13, 2012


In this talk entitled, "Tell, Don't Show: Why Writing Rules Are Mostly Wrong," Lee Child discusses the importance of breaking rules when writing crime fiction. Child is the author of several bestselling thrillers starring Jack Reacher, including The Enemy, One Shot andThe Hard Way.






CFA Masters: Lee Child

March 9, 2016


Admired by his peers and hundreds of thousands of readers, author of the wildly popular Jack Reacher series, Lee Child returned to Crime Fiction Academy to talk with CFA Director Jonathan Santlofer about the craft of suspense writing and about his most recent book, Make Me. There’s simply no one better to impart crime fiction wisdom.





CFA Masters: Colin Harrison

October 25, 2017


Critically acclaimed thriller author Colin Harrison (Manhattan Nocturne) gave a Crime Fiction Master Class on his latest novel You Belong to Me, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and the influence of New York on his work. He was joined by his editor Sarah Crichton of Sarah Crichton Books. 






CFA Masters: Mary Higgins Clark

April 17, 2013


Mary Higgins Clark provided practical writing tips to budding authors while also giving insight to readers about her work in this video. Higgins is the author of twenty-four previous suspense novels, many of which are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 80 million copies.







CFA Masters: Harlan Coben

February 15, 2012


Harlan Coben is the author of New York Times bestsellers Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight. His books have been published in 41 languages and have been on the bestseller list in over a dozen countries. In this talk, Coben discusses the art of successful crime writing.










CFA Masters: Michael Connelly

February 12, 2014


A former crime reporter for the LA Times, Michael Connelly now writes detective novels. Here he discusses crime writing with CFA director Jonathan Santlofer.











CFA Masters: Jeffery Deaver

March 19, 2013


Jeffery Deaver offers advice to aspiring crime writers. Deaver is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels, two collections of short stories, and a non-fiction law book. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader’s Award for Best Short Story of the Year.











CFA Masters: Nelson DeMille

November 13, 2013


After many years of experiences as a crime fiction writer Nelson DeMille rewrote one of his first novels The Quest. He visited us at The Center to discuss why he is publishing the book now, and offer advice to those writing and re-writing crime fiction.











CFA Masters: Linda Fairstein

February 26, 2013


Linda Fairstein talks about serving in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, and how her work has influenced her writing. She is the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels, including The Deadhouse which received The Nero Award for literary excellence in the crime genre.












CFA Masters: Joseph Finder

November 5, 2015


Joseph Finder is one of those rare crime fiction writers, not just successful but a top-notch writer. His most recent novel The Fixerrecieved raves from The New York TimesBooklist and Library Journal, among others. Finder tell us how he balances the writing of his novels with the nonfiction pieces about espionage and international affairs he pens for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and more.











CFA Masters: Andrew Gross

Tuesday October 18, 2016


Titan of contemporary suspense fiction Andrew Gross joined us for this masterclass, where he delved into writing, and discussed his latest novel The One Man. Key features of his work are close family bonds, relationships characterized by loss or betrayal, and strong emotional consequences that often lead to wider crimes and subsequent cover-ups.





CFA Masters: Charlaine Harris

January 10, 2013


Charlaine Harris talks to Jonathan Santlofer about her New York Times bestselling series, and how she combined genres to appeal to a larger audience. Harris is the author of The Sookie Stackhouseseries, including Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Deadlocked, and Dead Ever After. 











CFA Masters: Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment

October 15, 2015


Amy Hempel known for her terrifically terse short stories (The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel) and Jill Ciment (Act of God) are the collaborative crime team of the season penning The Hand That Feeds You.










CFA Masters: Susan Isaacs

December 5, 2012


Susan Isaacs, author of Compromising Postions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, and Shining Through, discusses the art of writing crime fiction. Isaacs is the recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award.












CFA Masters: Dennis Lehane

November 7, 2012


Dennis Lehane discusses how he became a crime fiction writer, and how we was influenced by the tradition of storytelling in his large, Irish family. Lehane's novels include Shamus Award-winning A Drink Before the War, and international bestsellers Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby Gone.











CFA Masters: Elmore Leonard

January 24, 2012


Legendary writer Elmore Leonard talked about the ten rules of writing crime fiction and the process of writing his novel Raylan. Leonard was the author of bestsellers Djibouti, Road Dogs, Mr Paradise, Tishomingo Blues and the short story collection,When the Women Come Out to Dance.






CFA Masters: Laura Lippman

April 10, 2012


In this talk, Laura Lippman explains her unusual approach to outlining crime fiction novels. Lippman has written seven books about "accidental PI" Tess Monaghan. She was also a reporter for The Sun for twenty years.












CFA Masters: Val McDermid

October 2, 2012


In this talk, Val McDermid tells CFA Director Jonathan Santlofer about her career from journalist to seasoned crime writer. McDermid is the author of a series of suspense novels starring Dr. Tony Hill.






CFA Masters: Joyce Carol Oates

April 17, 2014


Joyce Carol Oates, award-winning author of over fifty novels, makes her second appearance at the Crime Fiction Academy to discuss her experience with writing.



CFA Masters: Joyce Carol Oates

May 16, 2012


Joyce Carol Oates joins The Crime Fiction Academy to talk about the process of writing her latest novel, Mudwoman, a psychological thriller about a respected university president. Oates is the author of the national bestsellers, We Were the Mulvaneys and Blond.






CFA Masters: Sara Paretsky

April 27, 2016


Sara Paretsky changed the face of crime fiction with her creation of the instantly iconic character V. I. Warshawski, a great investigator, and a woman. Not just the usual vamp or bad girl relegated to the rank of secondary character or window dressing, Paretsky gave readers a tough, smart admirable and totally believable woman on par with the best male protagonists. Here was a new character, and writer, to be reckoned with. Sara Paretsky joined us for a spectacular Master Class at Crime Fiction Academy.





CFA Masters: George Pelecanos

October 29, 2013


George Pelecanos, author of 18 novels set in and around Washington D.C., came to The Center to offer advice to budding crime writers.




CFA Masters: Otto Penzler

November 16, 2016


Otto Penzler—publisher, editor and proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop—joined us for a CFA Masterclass. Winner of two Edgar Awards, Penzler received the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven award in 2003. Penzler brought decades of experience and insight into publishing crime fiction, mystery novels, and thrillers.





CFA Masters: Scott Phillips

October 2, 2013


Famous for The Ice Harvest, Scott Phillips joined us to talk about his latest novel The Rake which follows a charming, despicable anti-hero into the dark world of modern acting and entertainment in Paris.




CFA Masters: Richard Price

February 23, 2016


One of great novelists of our time to capture city life in all its beauty, complications and mess in such masterful best selling novels as The WanderersClockers, and Lush Life. It’s hard to think of another writer today with such a command of language and the vernacular, evidenced in his brilliant television and movie work. Price joined the Crime Fiction Academy for a Master Class in writing and a discussion of his latest work, The Whites.





CFA Masters: Ian Rankin

February 7, 2017


Ian Rankin’s spectacular Rebus series turned 30 in 2017 and we were delighted to welcome him to the Center as part of the celebrations. In this CFA Master Class, Rankin will delve into his decades of experience writing crime fiction, and talk about the latest installment in the series, Rather Be the Devil.






CFA Masters: Ruth Rendell

November 19, 2014


Ruth Rendell, a three-time Edgar Award-winning writer, read from and discussed her novel The Girl Next Door, about a group of children who discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London towards the end of World War II.




CFA Masters: Zoë Sharp

October 13, 2015


Winner of Britain's top crime novel award, the Barry, and author of 10 Charlie Fox novels, Sharp spoke on writing a series along with her new stand alone and breakout novel, The Blood Whisperer.




CFA Masters: Karin Slaughter

September 11, 2013


New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter came to the Center to share some advice she has gained in the field after having written thirteen thrillers in total.





CFA Masters: Duane Swierczynski

March 3, 2015


Duane Swierczynski joined us to celebrate the launch of his new book, Canary, about honors student Sarie Holland who becomes a confidential informant.





CFA Masters: Lisa Unger

March 25, 2014


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger came to The Center to offer writing advice and read from and discuss her new thriller In The Blood.







The Literary Spy Novel

October 11, 2017


Paul Vidich (An Honorable Man; The Good Assassin) and Joseph Kanon(DefectorsThe Good German) explored this distinctive branch of crime fiction, its trademarks, place in history, and interplay between fact and fiction.





Women in Crime Fiction

September 27, 2016


Four of contemporary crime fiction’s most exciting writers—Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Alison Gaylin and Alafair Burke—joined us to talk about their work, and discuss what the rise in popularity and success of crime novels by women says about the current state of both this genre and our society. This panel was moderated by Laura Miller of Slate.







Women in Crime Fiction II

March 16, 2017


The second installment of this wildly popular panel celebrated the best in contemporary women writers of crime, mystery and thriller genres. We were joined by Susan Isaacs, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lisa Lutz and Laura Joh Rowland, with moderator SJ Rozan.



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