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2017-08/10 The Crime Novel: A Workshop with Aaron Philip Clark

Date: canceled Time:  Number of sessions: 4 sessions--Aug 10, 17, 24, 31 Members: $90 Nonmembers: $108 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106
THE CRIME NOVEL: A WORKSHOP will focus on the basic principles involved in writing crime fiction.  This course is beneficial for those aspiring to write genre fiction; such as: crime, noir, detective, and thriller. Students will analyze story elements; such as: narrative structure, character, plot, theme, style, and troupes. Students will read short stories and novel excerpts with the goal of identifying what makes the particular writing successful, and how it may inform their own work. Students will present material for peer feedback, critique and support. Instruction will include lectures, discussions, writing exercises, writing workshops, and film viewings. The course is designed for adults and will feature literary works intended for a mature audience.
Aaron Philip Clark is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He is a novelist, screenwriter and poet, and a former Los Angeles Police Department recruit. His first novel, THE SCIENCE OF PAUL: A Novel of Crime (New Pulp Press), was published in 2011. The debut was met with interest and acclaim. Clark followed THE SCIENCE OF PAUL with A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN (Snubnose Press) which was published the following year. Both novels featured the morally plagued and emotionally damaged protagonist, Paul Little, as he fought to escape the perils of Philadelphia street culture and return to his deceased grandfather’s farm in North Carolina. Inspired by works of French existentialists, Clark’s prose reverberated with ideas and philosophies put forth by Jean Paul Sartre, Jean-Patrick Manchette, and Fyodor Dostoyevskey. 
Clark recently completed his third book, THE FURIOUS WAY—a tale of vengeance set in a gentrifying Los Angeles. Clark’s current work-in-progress, THE COLOR OF AUTHORITY, is a first-person novel inspired by Clark’s experiences in LAPD.
“[The Science of Paul] A finely-drawn character study of a man battling fate to escape the inevitable gravity of a life of crime. Reminiscent of the existential crime novels of Jean-Patrick Manchette. That we care so much about Paul is testament to Aaron Philip Clark’s skill.”
— Eric Beetner, author of One Too Many Blows to the Head and Borrowed Trouble
“Aaron Philip Clark’s The Science of Paul has all the makings of a modern noir classic. Noir in its purest form always reads like a punch to the gut and The Science of Paul delivers that kind of blow right from page one. ‘No apologies, no regrets’ should be this novel’s motto.”
— Gar Anthony Haywood, author of Cemetery Road
“T.S. Eliot referred to it as tradition and individual talent, the manner in which new work at once honors, builds upon, and questions what has come before. Chester Himes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin—Aaron Philip Clark has been paying attention.”
— James Sallis, author of Cypress Grove and Chester Himes: A Life

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