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8-Week Online Crime Novel and the Art of Suspense Workshop

Class Begins Monday, April 1, 2019


$495 New Student | $470 Returning

Writing a novel in any genre is a complex endeavor that takes both planning and mental stamina, but writing a crime novel requires a unique set of tools. This course, taught by award-winning novelist Ryan David Jahn, is for writers who want to focus on the art and craft of the crime novel. In addition to exploring the fundamentals, from characterization to world building, we will delve into aspects of writing specific to the genre, including the structural differences between the mystery and the thriller, how to research and write both criminal activity and police procedure with authority, how to use foreshadowing and point of view to build suspense into your work, and more. In addition, students will have two opportunities to workshop pages from their novels-in-progress in a supportive environment designed to ready them for creative success. This is an ONLINE class and open to writers of all levels.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes and The Getaway by Jim Thompson.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • April 1, 2019 to May 20, 2019

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, California, and Texas. He worked several odd jobs and spent time in the army before beginning his career as a novelist. He published his first book, Good Neighbors, which went on to win the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Dagger, in 2009, and has since published several others, including The Dispatcher (2011), named by the Financial Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the year; The Last Tomorrow (2012); Dark Hours (2015); and The Breakout (2017). Translation rights to his works have been sold in twelve languages.