Crime Writing (Spring 2013)

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From Edgar Allen Poe to Elmore Leonard, crime writing has been one of fiction's most popular genres for centuries. Examine the demands of various subgenres of crime fiction, including classic mysteries, detective fiction, thriller writing, and true crime and their conventions, such as: plot, clue planting, "whodunnit" and why, research, and criminal psychology. Examples are drawn from present day masters of the form as well as writers of the "classics," including Sayers, Doyle, Christie, Hammett, and Chandler. Students' short stories and crime novels are presented and critiqued each week in class.

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From Edgar Allen Poe to Elmore Leonard, crime writing has been one of fiction's most popular genres for centuries. Examine the demands of various subgenres of crime fiction, including classic mysteries, detective fiction, thriller writing, and true crime and their conventions, such as: plot, clue planting, "whodunnit" and why, research, and criminal psychology. Examples are drawn from present day masters of the form as well as writers of the "classics," including Sayers, Doyle, Christie, Hammett, and Chandler. Students' short stories and crime novels are presented and critiqued each week in class.

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