Like the proverbial “perfect murder,” the perfect crime novel is well-timed, seamlessly plotted and leaves a lasting impact. In this workshop, we will explore all the elements that go into the perfect crime novel—from creating complex, interesting characters to crafting effective dialogue, plot and pacing to finding a unique voice to tell the story. Each week will include a discussion of a specific element, as illustrated by a prompt to be completed at home (and read aloud the following week). In addition, we will focus on 5-10 pages from three workshop members, remembering to consider each of these elements when giving our criticism. Whether you’re looking to perfect a completed manuscript or embarking on something new, this workshop will sharpen your skills—and take you where you need to be to tell stories that “kill.”
USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book Hide Your Eyes, and has since been nominated for an RT award, an International Thriller Writer’s Award and an Anthony. In addition to her six published crime fiction novels, she’s published the Young Adult mystery Reality Ends Here (Simon and Schuster/PocketStar). The graphic novel she wrote with Megan Abbott, Normandy Gold, is in development as a TV series for New Regency Productions, with Alison and Megan scripting the pilot. Alison is currently at work on the third book in the Brenna Spector series for Harper Collins, which will be out next year.
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