True-Crime Literature Writing Instruction - Essay

Writing Instruction

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

William K. Beaver (essay date September 1990)

SOURCE: "Writing True-Life Crime," in The Writer, Vol. 103, September, 1990, pp. 17-19.

[In the essay below, Beaver discusses how to write a successful true crime article.]

The true-life crime genre originated in the late 19th century and has grown in popularity ever since. After nearly forty true-life detective magazines were born and died, modern magazine and book publishers discovered that a solid audience exists for the true-life crime story. Books like The Preppie Murder or The Stranger Beside Me consistently find their way to the bestseller lists.

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