National Crime Reading Month

The Crime Writers’ Association

The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in 1953 by John Creasey, a world renowned English crime writer who wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty-eight different pseudonyms in his lifetime, many of which reached the screen.

The CWA’s aim is to support, promote and celebrate this most adaptable and successful of genres, and is home to the prestigious Daggers, the premier awards in British crime writing which round out NCRM at the end of June.

The CWA is a thriving, growing community and a broad church, embracing procedural, psychological, all types of thriller, cosy, noir and even supernatural and fantasy crossover. Writers of all crime-related non-fiction, including true crime, are also welcome, as are writers of crime for children and young adults, and graphic novelists.

The CWA has a passionate membership of authors of all ages and at all stages of their careers, from high profile and bestselling writers to young debuts and established veterans.

For event planners, we have a listing of CWA members available for NCRM events.

If you’re not a member and want to be included in the listing, come and join us! In addition to inclusion in NCRM listings, membership of the CWA brings many other benefits such as a regular newsletter, social events and conferences, discounts with other literary organisations, and more.