Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mystery writers' organizations

Hey Folks,

Time to do a bit of PR for some local organizations that have helped me A LOT!

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is an organization for... you guessed it. I have been involved with them (one way or another) for about four or five years. I began as an associate member (that's the designation for fans and unpublished but aspiring writers). In the last year or so, I have become an (ahem) author member.

This is a great group to be a part of. They have some cool discussions via their Yahoo group, they have a mentoring program, they publish a monthly newsletter detailing author events, and they offer all sorts of other goodies.

CWC presents the Arthur Ellis Awards (AE) for excellence Canadian Crime Writing. A few years ago, I was one of the judges for the Best Novel category. I got to read a lot of great books that I may never have stumbled upon, by authors I hadn't yet heard of. That was fun and a neat conversation starter at dinner parties.

The AE is named for Canada's last official hangman. For more info about the awards, check

CWC has recently created a fan page on Facebook. Check it out at: (Crime.Writers.Canada). There's lots of good mystery info on there and a lot of fun stuff, like photos, book trailers, and links.

Another organization I belong to is Sisters in Crime, Toronto chapter (SinC). They're also a great resource and a great support for mystery writers and fans. Their monthly newsletter includes reviews, trivia, event listings and maybe an interview or two.

SinC also has monthly meetings with a neat variety of guest speakers, from newly published authors to a talk on poisons that are available in your backyard (you'd be surprised at how deadly some of those pretty flowers or innocent looking mushrooms can be).

I definitely think aspiring writers (for mystery or any other genre) should get involved in writing groups or associations. I've learned a lot from both CWC and SinC, I've met some cool people, and have had a lot of support and encouragement as I worked away at my writing.

Plus, both groups are having their Christmas parties this week, yippee! Time to eat, drink and be deadly!

Cheers, Jill


  1. Party time! The ultimate payoff for all the dues. Those sound like some great organizations. The only one I belong to, of the ones you mentioned, is my local chapter of Sisters in Crime. It is really nice to meet and talk to people who, like me, have a passion for a particular subject or avocation.

    Straight From Hel

  2. Just bought your book off Amazon, hope your sells do well.

    This is not my type of genre but I support new authors. Hopefully one day I will know how it feels...