Monday, July 07, 2014

The Crime Writers of Canada

\By Vicki Delany

Two weeks ago, I promised you more photos from Nelson of the places that inspired some of the settings in the Constable Molly Smith series.  Instead of putting them here, I've put them up on my own blog, One Woman Crime Wave (  

Instead, I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Crime Writers of Canada, if you don't know it already. 

As of a couple of weeks ago I became the president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  The post was not entirely a surprise, as I was the National Vice-Prez before that. Still, I am now slowly getting into my new role.

Let me introduce the CWC to those of you who might not be familiar with it.  As its name suggests the Crime Writers of Canada is an organization of… Canadian crime writers. No brainer there.

We exist to promote Canadian crime writing and Canadian crime writers not only in Canada (where, sadly, we need a lot of promotion) but around the world.          

The group was established in 1982 and has grown steadily to its current 300 plus .  In 1994, the CWC established the Arthur Ellis Awards (AKA the Arthurs) for Excellence in Crime Writing. The Arthurs are open only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, although the books can be published and set anywhere in the world. Or outside of it.  Arthur Ellis, incidentally, was the nom de travail of Canada’s official executioner. A job that was finally eliminated in 1976.

Perhaps the most important thing, aside from the Arthurs, that the CWC does is its quarterly catalogue of upcoming members’ books, Cool Canadian Crime.  I’d like to invite everyone to have a look at what’s new and exciting in the world of Canadian Crime Writing.

If that whets your appetite, CCC backlists are always available on the web page, ( You don’t even have to remember to look for CCC every quarter, look for the Crime Beat tab on the web page or go here: and click on Subscribe Now.  It’s free!

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Canada is a mighty big country (second largest land mass after Russia) with a relatively small population.  We can’t exactly all gather at the neighbourhood pub one Sunday afternoon to talk writing.  Nevertheless, one of the aims of the CWC is to encourage a spirit of cohesion and community among Canada’s crime writers. 
In early June, the AGM was held in Toronto.  Once the exciting business of the AGM was over, we adjourned to a private suite in a hotel for a cheese and wine reception.  The party was so well attended that we spilled out into the hallway.

During the year the CWC takes part in many national and local initiatives, including the annual Crime Month project with the CBC Canada Writes web site, Word on the Street in many cities, provincial and national library association conferences and much more.  These events give individual authors a chance to put themselves in front of the public. Even if they’re unable to attend, promotion of the CWC promotes all of our authors.

So, if you are a crime writer, and you’re Canadian, why not think about joining.  Find out more at

Here's a pic of the new board, taken at that AGM.



Donis Casey said...

Many congratulations! They couldn't have picked a better Prez.

Vicki Delany said...

Thanks, Donis. The competition wasn't exactly stiff.