Sisters in Crime – Canada West

We are a Canadian chapter of the Sisters in Crime organization, an international writing community of more than 3,600 worldwide members. Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. Our goal is to bring the Western Canadian community of authors, librarians, booksellers and readers together.

Although our focus is on women crime writers, we welcome all writers and book lovers. We support and encourage writers at every stage of their career.

Chapter members benefit from writing challenges, workshops, retreats, guest speakers and member discounts.

We are working to create a vibrant presence in Western Canada — please consider joining us!

Latest News

Iona Whishaw and Elizabeth George in conversation!

Join our newest member, Iona Whishaw, and Elizabeth George as they chat about books. Details and registration here  and

Cathy Ace’s newest book!

Our member, Cathy Ace, is releasing the ninth title in her Cait Morgan series, The Corpse with the Crystal Skull, on June 29, 2020. Details here.

Our Conference is going virtual!

Covid 19 isn’t going to let us hold an in-person conference this year, so we’re converting the event into a virtual one. It will still happen on the weekend of November 13-15, 2020 and will still have the same fabulous speakers. Stay tuned for updates!

Members Win Cool Awards!

Congratulations go to

  • Liz Walker for winning the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award,
  • Elizabeth Bass (writing as Liz Freeland) for winning the 2020 Bony Blithe award.

Page updated: June 18, 2020

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