Capital Crime Writers (CCW) is a non-profit mystery writing organization located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1988 by Linda Wiken and Audrey Jessup.
CCW has 90 members.
Monthly meetings include presentations from expert guest speakers on topics related to crime or the craft of writing. Authors who have presented at the December meeting include Louise Penny, Vicki Delany, and Maureen Jennings.
CCW issues a monthly newsletter, The Purloined Newsletter, which contains articles and information for mystery writers and mystery fans. The newsletter is available on the website.
Annual Short Story Contest
CCW sponsors the annual Capital Crime Writer’s short story contest for the Audrey Jessup award. Deadline for submissions is April 1. The contest is open to the National Capital Region and CCW members regardless of location.
CCW is run by 6 executive board members. A slate of candidates is offered every year for elections at the Annual General Meeting in May.
2011 Executive board members and committee members include:
Ken Gibson Past President
Michael Murphy President
Rachel Pitcher Vice-President
Janet Claridge Treasurer
Wynn Quon Program Director
Thomas Rendell Curran Program Committee
Alex Brett Program Committee
Darlene Cole Membership Director
Katherine Hobbs Communications Director
Past Presidents include Barbara Fradkin (writer) and Brenda Chapman (writer).
Official CCW Website (http://www.capitalcrimewriters.com)
Canadian Author’s Association link to Capital Crime Writers (http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/links.shtml)
CCW Member Author Rick Mofina (http://www.rickmofina.com/author.shtml)
. Government of Ontario Writing & Publishing listings (http://www.ontarioartist.ca/en/writpub_assn.htm)
. CBC news story on CCW author Barbara Fradkin winning the Arthur Ellis Award (http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2007/06/07/arthur-ellis-win.html)
. Article on Linda Wiken: Founding member of CCW and owner of Prime Crime Bookshop (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Owner+ends+bookstore+life+crime/2520113/story.html)
. Capital Crime Writer’s 20th Anniversary Event; Appearance by CCW member Rick Mofina (http://twitter.com/RickMofina/status/5510225811)
. Crime Writers of Canada (http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwcNew/pages/1%20links.html)
. On-line guide to Writing in Canada: CCW Event Listing (http://www.track0.com/ogwc/archives/cat_events.html)
. Mystery Authors On line (http://www.mysteryauthorsonline.com/fradkin.html)
. Capital Crime Writers in partnership with Ottawa Public Library for 20th Anniversary Event. Author Mary Jane Maffini appearing. (http://www.maryjanemaffini.ca/events.html)