Crime Fiction Academy Courses
Alison Gaylin: Advanced Crime Fiction Writing

Meets: Every Monday Evening


First session: Sept. 25 - Nov. 6
(skipping Columbus Day)


Second session: Nov. 13 - Dec. 18


Time: 6:30 - 9pm


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The secret of great crime fiction is that it’s no secret. Unearthing the plot, finding the voice, getting readers to care while they turn pages. Geared toward the writer with some experience this workshop will concentrate on all of the elements that go into great crime writing. In-class reading, writing and critique are an integral part of this class. In all, this is a workshop for the serious student who wants to hone his or her skills. Got a few stories that need polishing, a crime novel in progress that’s lost its way or is hiding under too much clutter? This is the place to dust it off, rework, edit and get it ready for publication.


New students interested in joining Alison's workshop should first send an email to Sara Batkie ( that includes a short writing sample (500 words or fewer) to be considered for the class.


USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for Hide Your Eyes, and Stay With Me, and won the Shamus for And She Was—the first book in the Brenna Spector suspense series. The author of nine published crime fiction novels, her latest What Remains of Me came out in February 2016 from William Morrow and was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She's currently at work on a standalone novel, If I Die Tonight, due out in March, 2018 from William Morrow.