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Crime Fiction Academy

Inside Criminal Minds: Crafting Psychological Suspense with Alison Gaylin


3 Sessions via Zoom

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Friday - Sunday 2:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST January 29 to January 31, 2021

Some of the most evocative, page-turning and best-selling crime fiction in the past few years has been psychological suspense—that subsection of the genre in which the real horror and threat arises, not from some unseen outside force, but from within the home—and the mind—of the protagonist. This course would examine all the elements of successful psychological suspense—from a compelling and original (if not always reliable) narrator complicated, to flawed, realistic characters and relationships, to effective pacing and visceral description.

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Capacity: 20

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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    Alison Gaylin

    Alison Gaylin

    USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin has won the Edgar, and Shamus awards. Her work has been published in the U.S., U.K., France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Romania and Denmark, and she has been nominated for the Macavity, Anthony, ITW Thriller and Strand Book Award. In addition to her novels, she has published numerous short stories and collaborated with Megan Abbott on the graphic novel Normandy Gold (Titan/Hard Case Crime, 2018). Her 12th book, The Collective will be out from William Morrow in the summer of 2021.