About the Crime Fiction Academy



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 for either twelve or six week sessions. Classs are frequently led by Jonathan Santlofer, Alison Gaylin, and Jason Starr. In advance of our move to Brooklyn, we'll be hosting online workshops in 2018. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive updates on upcoming classes. 


Students are invited to our series of Master Class events featuring all-star writers. In spring 2017 we were joined by Ian Rankin for a master class. We also hosted part II of our special Women in Crime panel with Susan Isaacs, Hank Phillipe Ryan, Lisa Lutz, Laura Joh Rowland, and moderator SJ Rozan. This fall we hosted Master Classes with Colin Harrison and Caleb Carr. We also hosted a special event on the spy novel with Paul Vidich and Joseph Kanon. Our Master Class events are followed by a private reception for CFA students only. 


Each season 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 now we have an exciting new initiative with Amazon Kindle Singles, exclusively for students enrolled in CFA. Students now have the opportunity to submit their stories for inclusion in the CFA-branded Amazon Kindle Singles program. Some of the best crime fiction writers working today, many of whom have been Master Teachers at CFA, will select the stories and pair it with one of their own in a final downloadable double e-story. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great writers in CFA and for students to have their work recognized and made available to readers across the country. Our first Amazon Kindle Single features "Gym Rat" by Lawrence Block with the story "The Murder Club" by CFA student Matt Plassbuy now


Students also receive a membership to our Writers' Studio with access to our 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.






Curious about our previous Master Classes? We have an amazing archive of events featuring Mary Higgins Clark, Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Michael Connelly, Lisa Unger, Ruth Rendell and many more! 


Click here to see our full list of videos. 



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