A workshop in the techniques and practices particular to the mystery/suspense/true crime genres conducted by Standiford, a credited screenwriter and author and editor of more than a dozen books and novels in the field. The class will focus on the distinctions between the genres and the commonalities with all fictional narrative, and will also include discussion of effective methodology—including what can be derived from the study of film techniques—for plot structure, characterization, scene, and integration of time & place. The class will include hands-on exercises and discussion of participant writing. Ideally, participants would have some previous class or workshop experience in fiction writing, but, beyond the presumption that everyone has a reading interest in at least one of the areas, previous experience in the genres is not a requirement.
Les Standiford is the author of Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America, a 2011 New York Times bestseller and a #1 Wall Street Journal true-crime bestseller. He is also author of Done Deal, Bone Key, and 6 other novels in the acclaimed John Deal mystery series, along with two stand-alone thrillers, including Spill, which was adapted as a feature film starring Brian Bosworth. He is the editor of Miami Noir: Stories from the Dark Side of Paradise, and is editor and contributor to the collaborative mystery novel The Putt at the End of the World as well as a contributor to the national best-selling Naked Came the Manatee. He has also published 5 works of narrative non-fiction, including Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean, now in its 24th printing. Booklist called John Deal “the most complex character in contemporary crime fiction,” and the New York Times has said of his thrillers, “each scene is little a little gasp for breath.” He is the recipient of Fellowships in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Arts Council as well as the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife Kimberly, an artist and psychotherapist.