Read this interview with crime-fiction master writer and teacher, David Corbett, on Jane Friedman's blog. If you ever get the chance to take a writing course from him, go for it. He's not as severe as he looks -- quite the opposite, in fact. He's full of perspicacity, good humor, and kindness. And if you love crime fiction, check out his taut, character-driven novels. If you want writerly advice, read his The Art of Character.