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Passing the CCW Baton

PerezAfter two years, Kat Lopez, will be stepping down as President of the Citrus Crime Writers, and handing off her role to our current Vice President, Laura Perez.  Photo right) CCW is grateful to Kat for her time, effort and vision in chartering and establishing this new chapter in Central Florida. Kat’s dedication to the chapter will continue as a CCW member and aiding a smooth transition to Laura. Please join us in thanking Kat and welcoming Laura in her new role. Hail to our new chief, Laura!


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

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