Founded in 2012, The Crime Fiction Academy is the first ongoing program exclusively dedicated to crime writing in all its forms.

Students can enroll in a variety of workshops taught by successful practitioners of the genre and are are invited to our series of Master Class events featuring all-star writers. Each Master Class is followed by a private reception for CFA students only. This fall we'll be joined by Andrew Gross, Caleb Carr and Otto Penzler for master classes. We also hosted a special Women in Crime panel with Megan Abbott, Alafair Burke, Alison Gaylin & Laura Lippman

Our classes culminate in a Crime Fiction Slam featuring readings by our students with an audience filled with the editors, agents, and publishing professionals that the Center invites. And this spring we have a new exclusive program for CFA students with Amazon Kindle Singles, featuring stories by our students introduced by some of the best crime writers working today. 

Students also receive a membership to our Writers' Studio with access to our extensive circulating collection

Click here to find out more about the program and all the amazing benefits of CFA. Our first session of the fall has started, but students are welcome to sign up for the second session, with classes beginning on November 7th. 



Advanced Crime Fiction Writing
with Jonathan Santlofer

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-9pm

The second session starts November 7th

Crafting the Perfect Crime Novel
with SJ Rozan

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-9pm

The second session starts November 7th



Finishing Your First Crime Novel (An Online Course)
with Jason Starr

A new video lecture will be posted every Monday starting November 14th through December 19th, with weekly discussion via online message board






"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




Watch videos from previous Master Class talks, given by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Elmore Leonard and many more! Click through to see our entire archive! 


In 2014 we were honored to host Ruth Rendell with Sisters in Crime. We hope you enjoy! 

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