The New York Times bestseller Gone Girl shaped the career of writer Gillian Flynn. She started her career as a TV critic and ended up translating a crime story into a three-part book deal. It all started with the kernel of an idea.
In this course, you’ll outline, draft, and query your own crime fiction novel. We’ll review how to conduct research, create an authentic tone, and build a narrative arc with suspense and plot-driven writing. We’ll also focus on how to use dialogue, setting, and style to create meaningful tension between the main character and others -- and the main character and themselves.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Use public government databases and information to conduct research
Outline your story – and re-outline for plot twists
Create believable three-dimensional characters
Foreshadow without giving away too much of your story
Drive the plot of your novel forward with self-editing techniques
By the end of class, you will have:
A working draft of your crime fiction novel and the knowledge of how to query agents and publishers.
The online classroom has several components:
Lessons: Learn new skills through written lessons
Discussions: Join a weekly live, interactive discussion via IM and video
Assignments: Complete homework and receive instructor feedback
Forums: Exchange resources, meet peers, and ask your instructor questions
Theo Gangi is the author of Bang Bang. His stories have been anthologized in First Thrills, edited by Lee Child, and published in The Greensboro Review, The Columbia Spectator, and the Kratz Sampler. Check out all of Theo's work here.
His articles and reviews have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Mystery Scene Magazine, Inked Magazine, and Crimespree Magazine. He also presented the paper The Brooklyn Age of Hip-hop: Biggie, Jay-Z and Homeric Verse at the Brooklyn Aesthetics conference at St. Francis College. A graduate of Columbia University's Masters in Fine Arts program, he teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Theo is a wonderful instructor. He's so well versed in the crime/mystery genre. You'll get a great sense of the history, the masters, and the current needs of the market. I definitely recommend this class not only to those interested in the genre, but anyone wworking on a book that has a mystery or crime sub-plot. Wonderful overall! -- Sally Melanie Lourenco
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