Criminal Minds: The Elements of Crime Writing with Kathleen Kent
April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Whether you’re writing historical fiction or crime novels, certain craft elements remain the same: an engaging story, robust, multi-dimensional characters, pacing and building tension within the narrative. But, as the “slow burn” can work well for historical fiction, more energetic pacing and the element of surprise are crucial to crime and mystery novels. This presentation will focus on effective strategies for writing exciting stories in the crime and mystery genres: building durable, nuanced characters, the distillation of authentic dialogue, narrative pacing, and dynamic conflict resolution, as well as exploring one of the most important parts of your novel-in-progress. . .(hint, it comes at the end).
Kathleen Kent’s fifth book titled The Burn, sequel to the Edgar-nominated The Dime, is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas. The Washington Post writes, “Raymond Chandler praised Dashiell Hammett for taking crime fiction out of the drawing room and into the streets. With Betty Rhyzyk, Kathleen Kent brings those mean streets to life as excitingly as anybody has in years.” The third Det. Betty book, titled The Pledge, will be released Nov. 2021. Ms. Kent is also the author of three bestselling, award-winning historical novels, The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts. She has written short stories and essays for D Magazine, Texas Monthly and LitHub, and has been published in the crime/horror anthology Dallas Noir. In March 2020 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters for her contribution to Texas literature.