The Crime Writers’ Association

Come and Chat to CWA Oxford – via Zoom

The Crime Writers Association was founded in 1953 to support, promote and celebrate the crime writing genre.

Would you like to chat to some of the CWA Oxford crime writers over a coffee or gin and tonic? All totally virtual, of course, but in every other sense a real opportunity to put your questions about crime fiction to them and to find out more about the joys and heartaches of writing crime.

Your hosts will be Sharon Bolton, Dave Sivers, Sarah Williams, and Peter Tickler.





The theme of our chat will be ‘Why Crime?’ but we will follow your questions wherever they lead.

All you will need to do is:

These are the proposed meetings:

So if you would like to join us, please email Peter and he will confirm details and send full joining instructions. It is first come, first served, of course.

Author Details

Sharon Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career that she no longer talks about.
The author of twelve books, Sharon is a Sunday Times bestseller and has been described by that newspaper as being ‘unable to write a sentence not suffused with menace.’
She lives with her family just outside Oxford.

Dave Sivers grew up in West London and has been writing all his life. His nine books to date include the popular crime series featuring the Aylesbury Vale detectives, DI Lizzie Archer and DS Dan Baines. His latest novel, In Ink, introducing DI Nathan Quarrel, is due for publication in May. Dave lives in Buckinghamshire and is a founder of the annual BeaconLit festival of books and writing.

S.W. Williams is a crime writer and the editor of the online crime fiction magazine Crime Fiction Fix ( Her non-fiction How To Write Crime Fiction (Little, Brown) came out in 2015. Her first crime fiction novel, Small Deaths, was published autumn 2017, while It Should Have Been You, the first in a new series set in Central London, comes out next year.

Peter Tickler is a crime writer with six Oxford-based novels under his belt and a seventh due out at the end of May. Known for the authenticity of his town-not-gown Oxford, he has also scripted two short films, written and directed a murder mystery play and teaches creative writing classes.


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