Deadly Ink Academy

Friday, August 2

Morning Session: 9 – 12

CHARLES SALZBERG: How to Write a Crime Novel

SalzbergThe classic crime and detective novels are carefully structured. The detective follows the clues and those clues lead to a solution of the crime. But in order to succeed, there are a number of essential elements of a crime novel. Compelling characters, both heroes and villains, a strong sense of place, a crime, and interesting secondary characters, around which you must weave a compelling, and realistic dialogue that propels the story forward. In this workshop we’ll use all these elements to build an effective crime novel.

Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, nominated for two Silver Falchions and Swann’s Way Out and his latest, Swann’s Down. Devil in the Hole, was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine. Second Story Man won the 2018 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Crime Novel. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, New York Times Book Review, and other periodicals. He is the author of over 20 nonfiction books, includingSoupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times,with Soupy Sales. He was a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, has taught at Sarah Lawrence, the Writer’s Voice and Hunter. He now teaches writing the New York Writers Workshop where he is a Founding Member. He is a member of the MWA-NY Board, and on the Board of PrisonWrites.

His Second Story Man has just been nominated for the Shamus award for best original paperback.

Afternoon Session: 1 – 4

JANE CLELAND: Mastering Plot Twists

jane-cleland-1In this workshop, you’ll learn how to adapt Jane’s Plotting Roadmap for your projects, how and when to integrate subplots, and how to execute a surprise final twist. The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger (TRDs) at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability. When your plot twists come at the right moments, your pace will be quicker and the action more focused, and these are the nuanced, multifaceted books that sell, and that find a devoted readership.

Jane writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. The 13th in the series will be published in spring 2020. Her short stories are published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including the Agatha Award-winning and bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot and the Agatha Award-nominated Mastering Plot Twists,  both from Writer’s Digest Books. In addition, Jane is a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award, in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Jane’s newest venture is the Honors Class. This completely free program provides one-minute lessons in both text and podcast formats to improve and reinforce your understanding of the tools skilled writers use to tell captivating stories.

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