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CFA Master Class: Walter Mosley on the Craft of Fiction with Jonathan Santlofer


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September 12, 2019 Thursday, 7:00 pm

“Fiction is one of the few constructive human activities in which we have the potential to make something from almost nothing. Something from nothing. That kind of alchemy is a recipe for failure and also the hope for the miraculous.”

So writes Walter Mosley in the preface of his new book, Elements of Fiction. The slim eloquent treatise on the craft of fiction writing—part writing guide, part study of the mechanics of the genre—guides writers along the path from failure toward achieving “the miraculous” in their own work. Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Widower’s Notebook, will join Mosley in conversation.

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    Walter Mosley

    Walter Mosley

    Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically-acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, and he is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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    Jonathan Santlofer

    Jonathan Santlofer

    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 the recent editor of and contributor to LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories. His short stories appear in numerous collections, including The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille, and the forthcoming New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. 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 has served on the board of Yaddo.