In 1988, a small group of writers in the Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) decided that they were more inclined to mystery. Their roots in ORWA had shown them the benefits of a focused group and so Capital Crime Writers (CCW) was established. Initially there were five members and it was a struggle for a while. But then, with good intent and organization, things came together. A monthly newsletter was started and regular meetings began.
Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members who meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Guest speakers address topics related to crime or some element of investigation. Over the years there have been forensic pathologists, lawyers, police officers, private investigators, script writers, editors – the list goes on. The meetings are informal and questions are always welcome. Speakers have always found the group to be a warm, receptive and occasionally bloodthirsty audience.
Capital Crime Writers is made up of Mystery/Crime fans and writers at every stage of their writing career. We have a mixture of those just starting out, exploring the genre and putting those first words to the page, through to those who have recently launched their sixth and seventh novels. One of our members has twice won the Arthur Ellis Award for Canada’s best crime novel. Two others have been nominated for best first crime novel. Members have had numerous short stories published in Ellery Queen Magazine. The success of our members has led us to organize a number of one-day conferences in recent years, open to the public, and designed to promote our published authors. We have come a long way since 1988.
The future of CCW is bright and varied as we go forward. We have the experienced and the novice working together to help grow, and promote the growth of the Mystery writing genre here in the National Capital Region and in Canada. Mystery loves company, so we invite you to check out our website and see who and what we are, and if some day you find yourself in Ottawa come on out and case the group in person. We look forward to seeing you.
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