Writing the Crime Novel

Jonathan Santlofer

Friday, March 15


Heinen Design Lab

$75, $60 mbrs.

Though all good novels need strong characters and solid writing, the crime novel needs even more: a seriously structured plot, pacing, and a nonstop forward-moving trajectory that ends dramatically. Through discussion and in-class writing prompts the workshop will address the elements that go into crafting an effective crime novel, along with the kind of crime novel you want to write: a cozy, a whodunnit, or a thriller. For writers who want to write a crime novel or those who are already writing one and need a push.

Jonathan Santlofer is an author and artist. His newest novel The Last Mona Lisa will be published by Sourcebook Landmark on August 17, 2021. He is the author of the memoir The Widower’s Notebook, the international bestselling novel, The Death Artist, as well as Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. He recently created and edited The New York Times “Notable Book,” It Occurs To Me that I Am America, a collection of original work by more than 50 of today’s best known authors and artists.

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