Session Four

Writing the Crime Novel, or Five Ways to Grab Attention

Bruce DeSilva turned to fiction after working as a journalist for 40 years. He’ll briefly sketch how he became disillusioned with his original craft, how fiction gave him a fresh avenue for addressing serious issues that that continue to concern him, and how an unusual combination of circumstances and luck contributed to his success as a fiction author. He’ll also talk about why crime fiction is his platform, describing a lifelong love of the form, how American crime fiction has evolved from its sleazy beginnings in the ten-cent pulp magazines to the multitude of sub-genres being written today, and what place modern crime fiction has in the literary cannon. Bruce will end with a few practical and inspirational words of advice about how to go about completing a novel, even if you are working a full-time job.

Author Bruce DeSilvaAbout Bruce DeSilva:

Bruce DeSilva's crime fiction, A Scourge of Vipers, has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards; has been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and has been published in ten foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in Akashic Press's award-winning noir anthologies. And his book reviews have been published in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Publishers Weekly, The Strand Magazine, and scores of other print and online publications.

Previously, he was a journalist for forty years, most recently as writing coach world-wide for The Associated Press, editing stories that won nearly every major journalism prize including the Polk Award (twice), the Livingston (twice) and the Pulitzer. Earlier in his career, he worked as an editor and national writer at The Hartford Courant and as an investigative reporter at The Providence Journal. He has worked as a consultant for more than fifty newspapers, taught at the University of Michigan and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and lectured at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation.

He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in New Jersey with two enormous dogs named Brady and Rondo.

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