This workshop will focus on noir fiction/hardboiled crime fiction. Dispelling the stereotypical ideas of what constitutes “noir” – i.e. fedoras, neon lights and cigarette smoke – we’ll investigate new ways of crafting dark crime fiction. Several authors will be invited to address the group and to share their own approaches. Over the four week workshop each student (as well as the instructor) will conceive of, write, and complete a noir short story. This workshop will be geared towards intermediate as well as more experienced writers who’d like to extend their range and depart from the usual “MFA style” short story.
Weeks 1 – 4
Students will learn just what “noir” means, the rise of classic noir fiction and film and its connections with the French existentialist movement. We’ll also discuss where “mystery” ends and “noir” begins, and how the traditions are markedly different. You will read short stories or excerpts from classic and contemporary noir fiction. You will write a story and develop it over this four-week time period.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be held at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101 Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Expect visits from guest authors to class.Notice: Sorry, but registration for this workshop has now closed.
About Patrick Millikin
Patrick Millikin is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Publisher's Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, True West Magazine, Paradoxa and Firsts Magazine. He is also the editor of Phoenix Noir (Akashic Books, 2009). Millikin has been a bookseller at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore since 1995. For the past 12 years he has moderated a popular discussion group at the store focusing on Hardboiled and Noir Fiction, and he has also taught non-credit adult education courses in crime fiction at Scottsdale Community College.Notice: Sorry, but registration for this workshop has now closed.