The Ultimate Guide to Crime Writing Festivals 2018

Crime writing festivals are a fantastic way to connect with fellow readers, writers and bloggers who share your love of all things crime, mystery and thriller.

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!

Check out my round up of 31 events in 2018 from the local to overseas, where you will find something to suit your budget and interest.

Pssst. Want some advice for attending crime writing festivals? Check out How to Survive a Crime Writing Festival!

Crime Writing Festivals in the UK

Granite Noir

23rd-25th February 2018

Aberdeen, Scotland (£105pp)

Guests include Val McDermid and Anne Cleeves.



17th-20th May 2018

Bristol, England (£180pp)

Guests include Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver.


Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

19th-22nd July 2018

Harrogate, England (Price TBA)


St. Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference

17th-19th August 2018

Oxford, England (£185pp)

This years theme is ‘Sharks circling: Politics and crime’ with guests including Sara Paretsky.


Bloody Scotland

21st-23rd September 2018

Stirling, Scotland (tickets on sale soon)



13th-16th September 2018

Norwich, England (tickets on sale soon)


Crime Story

Date TBA, Spring 2018

Northumbria University, England (tickets on sale soon)


Agatha Christie Festival

The three-day Festival is biennial and will next be held in 2019, but a one-day festival will be held on 15th September 2018 too.

Torquay, England (tickets on sale soon)


Captivating Criminality 5

28th-30th June 2018

Bath, England (£180pp)

This year’s theme is ‘Crime fiction: Insiders and outsiders’.


Morecambe and Vice

29th-30th September 2018

Morecambe, England (tickets on sale soon)

Guests to be announced shortly.


Crime at the Castle

24th February 2018

Glamis Castle, Dundee, Scotland (£55pp)

Guests include Val McDermid and Christopher Brookmyre.


The Crime Writers Lunch

4th March 2018

Buxton, England (£40pp)

Three-course lunch with queens of crime Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Sarah Ward.


Crime Writing Festivals in Europe

Krim Festivalen

8th-10th March 2018

Oslo, Norway (all events are free!)


Iceland Noir

16th-18th November 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

Guests to be announced soon.


Crime Writing Festivals in Australia

BAD 18

Date TBA, September 2018

Sydney, Australia

Guests to be announced.


Crime Writing Festivals in the USA


1st-4th March 2018

Florida (from $400)


Left Coast Crime

22nd-25th March 2018

Nevada ($220pp)



6th-9th September 2018

Florida ($225pp)

Guests include Karin Slaughter and Ian Rankin.


Thrillerfest XIII

10th-14th July 2018

New York City (from $414pp)

Guests include George.R.R.Martin.


Magna Cum Murder XXIV

19th-21st October 2018

Indiana ($295pp)

Guests include Peter Lovesy.

Malice Domestic 30

27th-29th April 2018

Maryland ($295pp)

Guests include David Suchet.


Killer Nashville

23rd-26th August 2018

Tennessee ($379pp)


Creatures, Crimes and Creativity Conference (or C3 Con)

5th-7th October 2018

Maryland (from $255pp)


Nancy Drew Bone Island Convention

25th-28th April 2018

Florida (price TBA)



26th-29th July

Pennsylvania (from $35pp)


Mystery Writers Conference

27th-30th September 2018

California ($575pp)



1st-4th November 2018

Pennsylvania ($300pp)



4th-6th May 2018

Tennessee ($299pp)


New England Crime Bake

9th-11th November 2018

Maine (Price TBA)


Maine Crime Wave

2nd June 2018

Maine (Price TBA)


Murder and Mayhem in Chicago

17th March 2018

Illinois ($35-65pp)


Over to you

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