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Everything Authentic Is Simultaneous: Time and Memory in Crime Fiction with William Boyle (Sold Out)


6 Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT April 26 to May 31, 2023

Online via Zoom

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Randy Winston at [email protected].

This course will consider how time and memory function in crime fiction. We’ll seek to understand the balance between action and interiority, between pastness and presentness. Beyond that, we’ll consider compressed time frames versus stories spanning many years. In my own fiction, I’ve been more obsessed and concerned with time than ever, and I’ll seek to illuminate my own discoveries. All of this will be in the service of writing effective character- and place-driven crime fiction.

Course Outline

We’ll consider examples from writers like Mariana Enriquez, Yuri Herrera, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt, and more.

  • Sessions I–VI: Lecture, Reading/Discussion, Students Workshop, Q&A

Capacity: 12


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    William Boyle

    William Boyle

    William Boyle is the author of five 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 UK; 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, 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, listed by CrimeReads as one of the ten best noir novels of 2021. He has also published a story collection, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, and a novella, Everything Is Broken (published initially in France and subsequently serialized in Southwest Review).