The Crime Fiction Academy - Spring 2014

Our weekly workshops started on Feb. 10th, led by Alison Gaylin and SJ Rozan. Duane Swierczynski is teaching our monthly seminar on the history of crime writing. And we'll have master classes with some of your favorite writers including Michael Connelly on Feb. 12, Lisa Unger on Mar. 25, Joyce Carol Oates on April 17, and Joseph Kanon on May 6. Read more


From the Director

December 2013

"It’s that time again, when one CFA session ends and another is about to begin. But this session has been a great one! Writing Workshop leader and award-winning crime fiction novelist, Alison Gaylin (And She Was), reports that everyone in her workshop is doing really good work and I know that’s true of the folks in mine. The dark, funny, and brilliant writer Duane Swierczynski (The Wheelman and Fun & Games) had everyone in his seminar read and discuss some of my favorite classic mysteries..." READ MORE



We would like to congratulate CFA student Rhonda Gold, whose story "One Shoe, Purple" has been selected for Akashic's Mondays Are Murder series.


Congratulations to Crime Fiction Academy alum Michael Weinreb (left), whose story “The Ocean” has been selected for inclusion in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  

And hats off to Rich Zahradnik, whose novel Last Words will be published by Camel Press—along with three more in the series. Rich workshopped Last Words in the CFA.




"Crime Fiction Academy absolutely exceeded all expectations. Dedicated and enthusiastic instruction from accomplished novelists and up-close and personal contact with the top writers and industry professionals in the game. It was total immersion into the world of crime fiction writing–hosted in an amazing landmark building by The Center For Fiction."

 — Jonas Paterno


"[CFA is] a wonderful workshop, the best I've ever participated in. [Jonathan Santlofer's] experience and perspective has been and will be invaluable ... It's as if I have a brand new tool to apply, one I should have used before but perhaps loved my book too much to do so."

 — Vito Racanelli, whose story "Eyes" appears in The Literarian.


"It was such a pleasure, treat, honor and wonderful experience to have met [Jonathan Santlofer], worked with him and been in his class. He is a dedicated teacher and a warm, generous person."

 — Michael Harvey



The Crime Fiction Academy made its debut in mid-February 2012 as the first ongoing, serious program exclusively dedicated to crime writing in all its forms. Students are taught by successful practitioners of the genre, and classes take place in The Center’s eight-story building at 17 E. 47th Street in Manhattan. Every writer enrolled in CFA attends a 12-week Writing Workshop, one private Master Class each month, and a Crime Fiction Reading seminar. In addition, each writer has access to special lectures and discussions with editors and agents from the world of crime fiction publishing, round-the clock membership in The Center’s Writers’ Studio, free admission to all Center for Fiction events, and access to The Center’s extensive circulating collection, which won a Mystery Writers of America Raven Award for its amazing in-depth collection of crime fiction. All classes, workshops, and lectures take place in the evening. Students may enroll for one term, but commitment of at least a year is advised to take full advantage of the program. Anyone can enroll!




Master Classes



Watch videos from previous Master Class talks, given by authors such as Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, and Elmore Leonard.