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
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.
19th-22nd July 2018
Harrogate, England (Price TBA)
17th-19th August 2018
Oxford, England (£185pp)
This years theme is ‘Sharks circling: Politics and crime’ with guests including Sara Paretsky.
21st-23rd September 2018
Stirling, Scotland (tickets on sale soon)
13th-16th September 2018
Norwich, England (tickets on sale soon)
Date TBA, Spring 2018
Northumbria University, England (tickets on sale soon)
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)
28th-30th June 2018
Bath, England (£180pp)
This year’s theme is ‘Crime fiction: Insiders and outsiders’.
29th-30th September 2018
Morecambe, England (tickets on sale soon)
Guests to be announced shortly.
24th February 2018
Glamis Castle, Dundee, Scotland (£55pp)
Guests include Val McDermid and Christopher Brookmyre.
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
8th-10th March 2018
Oslo, Norway (all events are free!)
16th-18th November 2018
Guests to be announced soon.
Crime Writing Festivals in Australia
Date TBA, September 2018
Guests to be announced.
Crime Writing Festivals in the USA
1st-4th March 2018
Florida (from $400)
22nd-25th March 2018
6th-9th September 2018
Guests include Karin Slaughter and Ian Rankin.
10th-14th July 2018
New York City (from $414pp)
Guests include George.R.R.Martin.
19th-21st October 2018
Guests include Peter Lovesy.
27th-29th April 2018
Guests include David Suchet.
23rd-26th August 2018
5th-7th October 2018
Maryland (from $255pp)
25th-28th April 2018
Florida (price TBA)
Pennsylvania (from $35pp)
27th-30th September 2018
1st-4th November 2018
4th-6th May 2018
9th-11th November 2018
Maine (Price TBA)
2nd June 2018
Maine (Price TBA)
17th March 2018
Over to you
Have you been to any of these events? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!