CCW 2018 Meeting Schedule – Summer Hiatus

Citrus Crime Writers, Inc.

2018 Meeting Schedule – Summer Hiatus

Dear CCW members and friends–

Being how we are a brand new chapter, finding a regularly scheduled location has been a bit difficult. As many of you are aware, we have had several locations loose our reservations and double book us, and those locations include libraries. Most locations, again including libraries, also charge upwards of $30-40 an hour to rent a room for a meeting. With that said, the board has determined that until we get a stable cadence with meeting locations and speakers, we will be moving to a quarterly meeting basis.

I would like to return to a monthly meeting schedule as soon as we are able to secure locations for several months in advance. We also need time to establish relationships with locations outside of the Orlando area to better accommodate our membership as well.

The next planned meeting will be in September. We will send out advanced notice ahead of that meeting as to location and time. We will be introducing the chapter at the upcoming Indie Book Fest ( in an effort to increase our membership as well.

Thank you for your continued attendance and support of our chapter. We will continue to update our websites and send out emails with the latest information as we have it.

Have a great summer and keep writing!

Kathleen Lopez, CCW Chapter President


SinC Call for Short Story Submissions

Sisters in Crime Call for submissions – Short Story Anthology call from national SinC to local SinC chapters.
Please let members of your SinC chapter know they still have a full month to submit short stories up to 5,000 words for the anthology Me Too: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing. The deadline is July 1. Fiction, no reprints. Full guidelines are available at Thanks! Best, Liz
Elizabeth Zelvin, three-time Derringer & three-time Agatha nominee
Editor, Me Too: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing
Editor, Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4
The Bruce Kohler Mysteries
The Mendoza Family Saga

Fighting in Your Writing

Hi all. We have an action packed meeting coming up this Sunday, 04/15, at the Mailtand Public Library (501 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, Florida 32751-5621) from 2 – 3 pm.
We will have our meeting (agenda below) and then hear from our guest speaker, L.W. Perez, a fourth degree black belt, who will be sharing her expertise on how to accurately depict a fight scene in works of fiction. Hope to see you there!

April 15 Meeting Agenda
Chapter Dues
Collection to start on May 1
$10 dues per year

Chapter SwagCardsBookmarks

◦Committee Formation
Will send out requests for committee formations:

◦Website updates
WordPress updates
Event calendar
PayPal option on CCW WordPress Site

Absolutely Avalon

Orlando Book Festival – April 21 at the Orlando Downtown Library (101 East Central Blvd, Orlando, Fl 32801) from 10 am to 3 pm.

Guest Speaker – L.E. Perez
Often enough in storytelling, the characters in our little worlds get testy, one thing leads to another, and a fight breaks out. While we’ve all seen a fight (and hopefully not been a part of one), it may not translate to the page as accurately as it appears in the writer’s mind. Meet. L.E. Perez. Laura is our own chapter vice president, a prolific writer, oh and just happens to be a fourth degree black belt. Laura will be sharing her expertise on how to accurately depict a fight scene in works of fiction.


Writing about Unconventional Murder Weapons and Computers

Our March meeting included two great presentations.  CCW President and author Kat Lopez presented about spicing up your mystery novels with “Unconventional Murder Weapons”.  Her slides are below and provide links to various sources and YouTube 716rbgeiqpl__ux250_videos on this subject. Here are the slides for Unconventional Murder Weapons…/1Dqc2UMK1yOZL04c3XagPeV_X1O…/edit…

The second presentation from CCW treasurer and author Anthony Awtrey examined “Writing about Computers” and how to include computers and tech lingo into our mystery writing in an effective and professional way.  Here are the slides for Writing About Computers,…/18HL-2Oxl-XJ9HQnN0jimj_VoNi…/edit…TonyAwtrey

Don’t miss our next CCW monthly meeting in April where you can learn more about the craft and business of mystery writing.  Check out our Facebook page for the latest developments at