Writers’ Resources

  • Authors of the Flathead: a multi-genre writers
    group in Montana’s Flathead Valley.
  • Montana Romance Writers
  • Mystery Writers of America: Professional organization for mystery writers, both published and aspiring.
  • Sisters In Crime: International organization of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians, promoting the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. (Men welcome!)
  • SinC Guppies: The SinC chapter for unpublished writers.
  • The Writer’s Medical and Forensics Lab: The incomparable Dr. Doug Lyle provides medical and forensic info for writers.
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch: Daily news from the business, with extensive information on agents and deals.
  • Association of Authors’
    : The agents’ organization; includes questions to ask an
  • The Crime Lab Project: Organization of writers and law enforcement and forensics professionals aimed at raising awareness of public forensic science needs and challenges.
  • The Graveyard Shift: A retired police detective provides info on crime scene investigation and police procedures. If you write crime fiction, don’t miss this blog.
  • International Thriller Writers: The name says it.
  • The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: The real scoop from a real shrink, psychologist Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D., author of The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior (Quill Driver Books, 2010).
  • Writers’ Police Academy: Held each September at a law enforcement training academy in North Carolina, this hands-on, interactive conference teaches writers about all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.
  • crimescenewriters: A forum for asking and answering crime scene investigation, applied forensics, and police procedure questions for fiction or non-fiction writers.
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, by Steven Kerry Brown, a licensed PI in Florida and former FBI special agent, is a super-handy reference for all variety of investigation, even if you’re not writing about about a PI.
  • Sheila Lowe: If your character needs to authenticate a document or wants to understand personality through handwriting, find out more from this forensic handwriting examiner and novelist, and author of The Complete Idiot’s to Handwriting Analysis.
  • Crime Writer Consultations: Veteran officer and investigator Derek Pacifico answers writers’ questions, and also teaches a Homicide School for writers.

Legal Resources