Founded in 2012, The Crime Fiction Academy is the first ongoing 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 for either twelve or six week sessions. Our instructors for spring 2017 are Jonathan Santlofer and Alison Gaylin.
Students are invited to our series of Master Class events featuring all-star writers. In spring 2017 we were joined by Ian Rankin for a master class. We also hosted part II of our special Women in Crime panel with Susan Isaacs, Hank Phillipe Ryan, Lisa Lutz, Laura Joh Rowland, and moderator SJ Rozan. Our Master Class events are followed by a private reception for CFA students only.
Each season our classes culminate 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 now we have an exciting new initiative with Amazon Kindle Singles, 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. Our first Amazon Kindle Single features "Gym Rat" by Lawrence Block with the story "The Murder Club" by CFA student Matt Plass. buy now
Students also receive a membership to our Writers' Studio with access to our 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.