The Ultimate Guide to Crime Writing Festivals 2017

In 2017 I’d like to learn more about the world of crime fiction by attending a crime writing festival to help with my crime research!

Crime writing festivals hold numerous panels of established crime fiction authors, as well as masterclasses and workshops on specifics of writing crime stories! Some have quizzes, readings, interviews, fancy banquets, and some host murder mysteries: take a look at each one to see what they have to offer.

Anyone can attend one of these festivals, there is a real mix of readers, publishers, editors, up-and-coming and established writers.

Here is the ULTIMATE list of festivals in the UK, in Europe and in North America, by date order.

Crime Writing Festivals in the UK


18th-21st May 2017

Marriott Royal Hotel Bristol, Avon (£175pp before Jan 2017)

Guests include Ann Cleeves, Anthony Horowitz & Peter Lovesy

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

20th-23rd July 2017

Harrogate, Yorkshire (£225 pp)

Guests include Ian Rankin, Lee Child & Kathy Reichs



St Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference

18th-20th August 2017

University of Oxford, Oxfordshire (£190 pp)

Guests include Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Val McDermid & Mark Billingham



Bloody Scotland

8th-10th September 2017

Stirling, Scotland

Guests to be revealed soon…




14th-17th September 2017

University of East Anglia, Norfolk (£86 pp)

Guests include Val McDermid, Martina Cole, Mark Billingham & Anthony Horowitz

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International Agatha Christie Festival

13th-17th September 2017

Torquay, Devon (£25 pp)



Hull Noir

17th-19th November 2017

Location TBC



Crime Story

2017 date TBC

Northumbria University



Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

2017 date TBC

Shoreditch Town Hall, London



Crime Writing Festivals in Europe

Krim Festivalen

9th-11th March 2017

Oslo, Norway (all events are free)


Iceland Noir

Date 2017 TBC

Reykjavik, Iceland


Crime Writing Festivals in North America

Left Coast Crime

16th-19th March 2017

Honolulu ($265 pp)


Malice 2017

28th-30th April 2017

Bethesda, Maryland ($260 pp)





11th-15th July 2017

Grand Hyatt, NYC, USA (prices between $125-$1,199!)

Guests include Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, C.J.Box, Kathy Reichs, Peter James & Val McDermid


Killer Nashville

24th-27th August 2017

Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Guests to be revealed soon…

“Killer Nashville is an action-packed, all things crime writing conference of unforgettable inspiration, compelling workshops, and nonstop networking for both new writers and seasoned authors. It is an entertaining, thrilling, and to die for weekend! I recommend Killer Nashville to anyone…” – Author, Maureen C. Berry




12th-15th October 2017

Toronto, Canada (CAD$195 pp)

Guests include Louise Penny & Megan Abbott



Magna Cum Murder XXIII

20th-22nd October 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Guests include Terence Faherty & Andrew Taylor


Cuffed Festival

Date 2017 TBC

Vancouver, Canada




Over to you

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