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Writing tips, photo galleries, excerpts and other crime-related goodies for the mystery writer in you.

"We see them at their worst": Gail Bowen on creating strong characters in crime fiction  »

The author of the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series shares her thoughts on the enduring fascination of crime novels and allowing her sleuth to age.

WATCH: How to create tension  »

Crime writer Angela Misri demonstrates how to turn up the heat in order to create tension in your crime writing.





How to build a successful mystery series  »

Crime Writers of Canada members with where to begin when you know you have a dozen titles in you.

WATCH: How to write killer dialogue  »

Crime writer Angela Misri shows us how to get past "hello" and push the story along with fewer words and more punch.





Dave Whellams: "I don't mind having my villains do the extreme"  »

As part of his day job as a criminal lawyer, the author of the Peter Cammon series helped revise Canada's Criminal Code.

Cop and crime writer Sean Slater: "Not every person has a good side"  »

The author on the double-edged sword that is his day job, and how some of the worst things he sees end up being the best fodder for his novels.





Crime writer Michael J. McCann: "Cops are bureaucrats, too!"  »

The writer of the Donaghue and Stainer series on how his career as a Customs Officer informed his writing.

Five crime writers reveal their secrets for creating suspense  »

Crime Writers of Canada members with tips that will have your readers reading "just one more chapter" before they turn out the light.

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  • "We see them at their worst": Gail Bowen on creating strong characters in crime fiction
  • WATCH: How to create tension
  • How to build a successful mystery series
  • WATCH: How to write killer dialogue
  • Dave Whellams: "I don't mind having my villains do the extreme"
  • Cop and crime writer Sean Slater: "Not every person has a good side"
  • Crime writer Michael J. McCann: "Cops are bureaucrats, too!"
  • Five crime writers reveal their secrets for creating suspense
  • Crime writer Anne Emery on "Trailer Park Boys" and the rare evil genius
  • WATCH: How to create a good villain
  • Crime writer Simone St. James: Creating chills in three dimensions
  • Author Howard Shrier: How to raise the stakes in your crime writing
  • Crime writer Lee Lamothe on real-life horrors and breaking the rules of fiction
  • Seán Haldane: In crime writing, it's the little questions that count
  • Crime writer John Brooke: How to build suspense with a bang... or a whisper
  • WATCH: How to write detective fiction
  • Adorable pets and the crime writers who love them
  • Announcing the winners of the Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 4
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 3
  • Unhanged Arthur: The Raffle Baby by Ilonka Halsband
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 2
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers All-Stars Part 1
  • Unhanged Arthur: Sins Revisited by Coleen Steele
  • Unhanged Arthur: A Cold Black Tide by William Hall
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter challenge is now closed
  • The marrying kind
  • Gail Bowen's Top 8 sleuths and villains
  • Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge
  • Seven deadly writing tips
  • Tips for creating lawmakers and lawbreakers
  • Studying the skeleton
  • Networking, mentorships, and the psychology of villains
  • What makes characters tick?
  • Don't forget the parties
  • Three-dimensional criminals
  • Sympathy for the devil
  • Virtual coffee clubs
  • Dueling protagonists
  • Crime goes local
  • Writing crime in the Tor/SO
  • Killing with conviction
  • Characters in Crime


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