Case Closed is a new programme run by Spread the Word in partnership with C&W literary agency to find and develop new Crime, Thriller and Mystery Fiction writers from diverse backgrounds.
Case Closed aims to demystify the process of writing a crime, thriller and/or mystery novel from a craft and career perspective and encourage and support more writers from backgrounds underrepresented in UK publishing to write a crime, thriller and/or mystery novel. It has an access fund in place for deaf and disabled writers.
Running across 2023, Case Closed will provide free and accessible opportunities for unpublished and unagented writers to gain the skills and insight to develop their crime, thriller and/ or mystery novel, including:
Through the programme, a cohort of writers will be selected for ongoing support with the goal of them going on to be represented by C&W and being published.
Panel event, Writers’ Survey and ‘Getting Started’ Guide
Spread the Word and C&W would like to better understand the barriers to writers in writing genre fiction and what ongoing support we can offer to encourage more writers to write a crime, thriller or mystery fiction novel. We would love to hear your thoughts through Case Closed survey. By completing it, you could be in with a chance of winning the latest novels by Case Closed authors Tracey Lien, Fiona Cummins, Olivia Kiernan and Elliot Sweeney, and be sent the ‘Getting Started’ guide. The survey closed for responses in May 2023.
Fiona Cummins, author of the DC Saul Anguish series, created a bespoke ‘Getting Started’ guide to writing crime, thriller and mystery fiction, as well as guided exercises on idea generation. Download it here.