The Intelligence Community has found itself making real world headlines in recent years, but spying has been a staple in fiction writing for decades. Both non-spies and former intel officers have crafted spy thrillers that have won critical and popular praise. What are the differences between writing spy novels with or without previous intelligence experience? What are the challenges of writing realistic spy fiction? How much creative license is needed to make it exciting? How much realism is sacrificed in the process? How do real life spies react to spy fiction? How different is their response to that of the broader public?
Join the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security as senior fellow David Priess talks with critically acclaimed authors Alma Katsu, Karen Cleveland, and Brad Thor about spy writing in the real world and about their exciting new novels.
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The Hayden Center is located at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, VA. Gen Hayden, our founder and former director of CIA and NSA, has been a distinguished visiting professor at Schar School for 10 years. David Priess, COO of The Lawfare Institute, has joined the Schar School as a visiting professor this year.
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