Fiction Writing, Crime and Other
Instructor: S.J. Rozan
Friday, August 3, 2018   -   Thursday, August 16, 2018

All fiction is woven from the same threads: character, setting, dialogue, plot, theme, pace. Genre fiction adds additional elements—crime stories lean heavily on plot, for example, and speculative fiction on setting. These are in addition to the elements of good writing, not substitutes for them. This course invites genre- and non-genre writers in any subject and on all levels to a workshop that will focus on attendees' work, either novels or short stories. Exercises and assignments will spotlight various aspects of craft and help get a project started or advance one already underway. We'll supplement the workshop format with discussions of structure, theme, point of view, and other elements of the well-built narrative.

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S.J. Rozan is a life-long New Yorker. Under her own name she's the author of eleven books in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith detective series, and two standalone novels. She's also half the writing team of Sam Cabot, the other half being Art Workshop International instructor Carlos Dews. The latest Sam Cabot book, Skin of the Wolf, was released in 2014. S.J has also published fifty short stories. She edited the anthology Bronx Noir, which won a NAIBA Notable Book of the Year award, and co-edited the anthology Dark End of the Street. She's won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for best novel and the Edgar for best short story, and been honored with the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. In 2016 she was honored with the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award. S.J. speaks and lectures widely, teaching a weekly workshop in New York and others in Wisconsin, Florida and California.