The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in 1953 by author John Creasey and has hundreds of author members nationwide and overseas. It enjoys a prestigious global reputation; annually awarding the prestigious CWA Daggers, the most significant awards in crime writing.

The CWA also runs sister organisation, the Crime Readers’ Association, as well as promoting and co-ordinating National Crime Reading Month.

The Crime Writers’ Association has a membership of over 800 writers of fiction and non-fiction. Its main aims are to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century. Membership is open to crime writers, reviewers, editors or agents as well as corporate membership for any business concerned with publishing, bookselling or representing crime writers.