Classic American Noir has its roots in the hardboiled detective stories of the ‘30s and ‘40s, but this dark literary art form isn’t limited to detectives, nor America. It is thriving today across the globe and continues to be the subject of academic studies, magazines, websites and film. And, some of its former and current writers are women. This course will look at its tenets and how it has evolved, as well as its major influencers, the genre’s most successful elements, and provide examples of great writing that will inspire you to walk the mean streets of this fascinating genre.
Z.J. Czupor (Zoltan James) is an award-winning author. His noir short story, The Man in the Corner is featured in RMFW’s anthology, Crossing Colfax (2014-2015); while his short story Down in Disappointment Valley was a finalist in Writer’s Digest annual competition (2014); and his short story Hard Boiled and In-between was given a live reading to the Denver Women’s Press Club (2014). His novel, The Hot Tub Club won first place in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s (RMFW) Colorado Gold competition (2012). He’s serves as secretary of the board for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA). He’s presented on “Noir” to both RMFW and RMMWA. ZJ is principal of The InterPro Group, one of Denver’s leading public relations and marketing firms, which he co-founded with his wife, in 1990.
Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.