Online Class: Joe Ide - Writing the Killer Crime Novel


or How to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published

Tuesday, October 17th
6:00PM - 7:15PM


Online via Zoom



Author of the award-winning and bestselling IQ series, Joe Ide, joins Book Passage for this one-night course.


Topics this class will cover:

• Discuss storytelling: the ingredients that make one story compelling and another fall flat.

• Learn Joe’s methods for creating dynamic characters and dialogue that’s

sharp, smart and entertaining.

• Introduction to his approach to building action scenes, as well as the basics of rewriting.

• Publishing field: the gatekeepers, who they are and what they expect.

• What publishers are looking for and what they’ll reject out of hand.

• Discussion of money: advances, royalties, movie and TV options.

• He’ll answer practical questions like: I’m about to write a 300-page novel; how do I start? Prologue or no prologue? I’m stuck. What do I do now? How do I write twists and turns? What am I looking for when I’m rewriting? How do I develop my “voice”?



Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. His first novel, IQ, won the Anthony, the Shamus and McCavity awards, and were nominated for the Edgar, the Barry, the New Blood Dagger, and the Strand Critics awards, and it was selected as One of the Year’s Best Books by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Time Magazine. Joe’s Phillip Marlowe novel, The Goodbye Coast, is one of Apple’s Best Books of the Year for 2023, and the Washington Post said his latest IQ book, Fixit, was “superb.”

Joe lives in Santa Monica with his wife, and their Golden Retriever, Jolly.




Online Via Zoom