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We are 4000+ members in 60+ chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to crime writers. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the genre and our support of women crime writers. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.  

Our Mission

To promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

Our Vision

To serve as the voice for excellence & diversity in crime writing.


Sisters in Crime offers a friendly, supportive network for crime writers at every stage of their careers.

  • Community and connection. Our local and online chapters, social media groups, and face-to-face gatherings at national and regional conferences offer networking and mentoring to support your growth as writer and nurture your career.

  • Education. Our online webinars, master classes, scholarships, and individual educational grants will develop your skills in the craft and business of writing and keep them current.

  • News you can use: Our feature-rich quarterly journal, monthly industry news summary, and discounts on important publications in the crime writing field will save you time and keep you up-to-date in a complex and fast-changing writing and publishing environment.

  • Advocacy and outreach: Our library and bookstore grants, Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, industry monitoring projects, and public resources make us a major voice for diversity and excellence in crime writing.

Sisters in Crime welcomes everyone who supports our mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers






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