Upcoming Events/Meetings

CCW holds monthly meetings on the second Sunday of each month, currently via Zoom. Members, please check your email for a link to the meeting. If you’re not a member but want to attend, please email us at citruscrimewriters@gmail.com. From time to time, we may adjust our meeting dates to aid speaker schedules or to avoid major holidays. Please check this page or our Facebook page for recent announcements and other upcoming events. Thanks for your participation!

Upcoming  Events

Jan. 8, 2023 – Rev Up Your Manuscript, with editor Bobbie Christmas

Bobbi Christmas

Do you dread marketing and promotion? Jaden Terrell is here to help! Sell Your Books, Not Your Soul is a workshop on book marketing and promotion for authors who would rather do almost anything but sell. Jaden is an an introvert, an author, and a keen student of marketing –and she loves teaching other authors how to overcome their natural state of shyness. This session promises to have many small and big takeaways and action steps to help you promote yourself, your brand and to sell more books! Newsletters, giveaways, social media strategies, in-person pitches: what works, what doesn’t? The best marketing plan is the one you’ll actually do–the one tailored to your strengths and interests. This will be an hour you do not want to miss!

Feb. 12, 2023 – Citrus Crime Writers’ Agent Panel

Citrus Crime Writers has a number of traditionally published authors who know all too wall about the travails of getting an agent—and how to deal with them. Listen to their stories and learn the lessons they learned the hard way. Join Martha Geaney, Nancy Cohen, Ruth Owen, Lu DePonte and Charlotte Hunter as they inform and entertain us about their agent experiences,

March 12, 2023 – Humor and Mystery, with Misty Simon

Author Misty Simon has multiple successful series in the romance and cozy mystery genres, and her down-to-earth characters and mix of humor have earned her a devoted fan base. She is even funnier in person than she is in her books. Misty, host of many recent write-ins for Sisters in Crime, will enlighten us with her journey and her tips for success.

April 9, 2023 – Author Jess Lourey

Few fiction authors publishing today are as dynamic a teacher of writing, publishing and marketing as Jess Lourey. She’s also a prolific author. A former professor of creative writing, Lourey’s novels have been nominated for Edgar, Agatha and Lefty awards, and she has won Anthony and Thriller awards. Not surprisingly, she has an unwavering enthusiasm about the craft of writing—and an exuberance about passing her secrets along to others.

May 14, 2023 – Author E.A. Aymar

E.A. Aymar’s crime thriller “They’re Gone” was named one of the best books of 2020 by noted crime reviewer Oline Cogdill. A successful thriller author, Aymar is also an engaging personality who enjoys passing along valuable information to others in the crime writing community. Based in Northern Virginia, he also runs a popular monthly newsletter for crime writers and readers, featuring blurbs about upcoming novels, interviews with authors and giveaways to subscribers. His latest thriller, “No Home for Killers,” arrives in February from Thomas and Mercer.

Previous Meetings

November 2022: Award winning author and longtime creative writing professor Michael Wiley talks about how to write killer dialogue

October 2022: Author and marketer Jaden Terrell’s top tips for ways authors can promote their work and gain more readers

September 2022: Author Zara Altair’s tips and techniques to keeping your villain a secret until the big reveal

August 2022: Award-winning mystery and thriller author Lisa Unger

July 2022: A discussion about the benefits and pitfalls of critique groups with authors Liz Milliron, Harold Emanual and Nick Johns

June 2022: Mystery critic and book reviewer Oline Cogdill

May 2022: Estate Planning for authors with Eric Newton.

April 2022: Building Characters from the Ground Up with award-winning mystery and suspense author David Ryan

March 2022: Chapter Write-In

February 2022: Write a Damn Good Novel with James N. Frey

January 2022: BookBrush with Kathleen Sweeney

December 2021: Creating Settings that Sizzle with award-winning mystery cozy author Nancy J. Cohen

November 2021: NanoWriMo Write-In with Bridges DelPonte


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