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Detours and Dead Ends: On the Value of Wonder and Wandering in Crime Fiction with William Boyle


6 Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT September 29 to November 3, 2021

Online via Zoom

When people think of crime fiction, they often think of severe plotting, mysteries that need solving, and puzzles pieced together as a narrative unfolds. But what initially drew novelist William Boyle to the genre was a taste for unpredictability—writers who are unafraid of wandering off course, or sacrificing cohesion and neatness in the name of making a weird decision or following a wild impulse. This workshop will consider how writers of crime fiction might retain a sense of wonder and embrace offbeat decision-making in a culture that overvalues uniformity and familiarity.

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Capacity: 12


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    William Boyle

    William Boyle

    William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. He’s the author of six novels: Gravesend, which was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France and shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in the U.K.; Everything is Broken, originally published in France and serialized in the Southwest Review; The Lonely Witness, which was nominated for the Hammett Prize and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, an Amazon Best Book in 2019 and winner of the Prix Transfuge du meilleur polar étranger in France; City of Margins, a Washington Post Best Thriller and Mystery Book of 2020; and, most recently, Shoot the Moonlight Out, which will be published in November 2021. All are available from Pegasus Crime. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.