Crime Writing Initiatives for 2011 have just been announced

The Crime Writers' Association (CWA) (of which I am a member) has announced that it will again run two highly successful initiatives next year, which were first introduced this year.

National Crime Writing Week, formerly National Crime Fiction Week, will run between June 13 and 19, 2011. The name change is designed to encompass both non-fiction and fiction and the nationwide celebration of crime writing will see the culmination of the CWA Young Crime Writers' Competition, which was run by libraries and the CWA this year and attracted 600 entries nationwide.

I was the CWA representative and judge for entries on the South Coast of England this year and I am happy to say that I will be next year.  I very much look forward to being involved and once again reading the entries from young writers.

In addition, during National Crime Writing Week, members of the CWA, including yours truly, will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group events and workshops. More on this in months to come.

You'll be able find the details on a national map of events at

The Young Crime Writers' Competition will run from January 10 - 18 Feb. 2011 - more information on this later when I have it, but budding crime writers should get cracking with their ideas and stories now.


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