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Characters in Crime

Characters in Crime

For the next two weeks, Canada Writes will be looking at compelling characters in crime fiction

The success of books in this genre often hinge upon the creation of a memorable sleuth or reprehensible villain. These complex characters are the heart of the story. We love them and we hate them. They hook us from the beginning and make sure we keep coming back, page after page.

For this series, we’ve partnered once more with our friends at Crime Writers of Canada. We’ve recruited some of their members to offer us insider advice on how to create memorable sleuths and villains in crime fiction. You’ll hear from six of them this week. 

Also, we’ll be hosting another Twitter Writing Challenge. This one will take place on Wednesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET (6 a.m. to 6 p.m PT). We will only reveal the call on the morning of the challenge, but for now we can tell you that it will be a crime-themed challenge. And there are not one, but two prizes!

Finally, we will be publishing excerpts from the three works up for this year’s Unhanged Arthur Award. One of the Arthur Ellis Awards, the Unhanged Arthur goes to the best unpublished first crime novel.

It all happens here at Canada Writes from May 6-17. Stay tuned!

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