Welcome to Buckeye Crime Writers (BCW), the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Sisters in Crime. We appeal to authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians — all bound by a passion for the mystery genre and support of women and men who write mysteries. Our group is a safe place of community and camaraderie, and we welcome Siblings in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the Ohio mystery writing community.
As a member of BCW and Sisters in Crime, you’ll join a group of over 4,200 individuals actively seeking to promote and strengthen the presence and voice of mystery writers. Membership dues for BCW are $20.00 annually and include attendance at our monthly meetings featuring local and regional speakers on the craft of writing, publishing, and marketing, as well as the nitty-gritty of forensics, investigations, and other topics of interest to mystery, thriller, and suspense writers. In addition, we provide information about local and national writing events, opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with other local writers, and writing workshops with the opportunity for feedback on your work. To see upcoming virtual events, click here.
Please note that you must join the National Sisters in Crime organization, as well. That link is here. At the national level, you get access to additional great benefits:
- Education. Additional 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: Feature-rich newsletter, monthly industry news summary, and discounts on important publications in the mystery field will save you time and keep you up-to-date in a complex and fast-changing writing and publishing environment.
- Advocacy and outreach: Library and bookstore grants, Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, industry monitoring project, and public resources make us a major voice for diversity and excellence in crime writing.
Ready to further your craft? Join here.