CCW election, mystery exchange, and pizza!

It’s CCW election time, and much more: pizza, a mystery novel exchange, and an invitation to read your short-story submission.

After the election of the new CCW executive there will be a round table discussion of what you have enjoyed reading recently and why. Lastly, anyone who was not shortlisted for the 2016 Audrey Jessup short story contest can bring their writing to read to the group.

When and where

When: Wedesnday, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ottawa City Hall (Honeywell Room, second floor)
RSVP: pastpresident@capitalcrimewriters.com (IMPORTANT: We need to know how much pizza to order)

Executive positions

Note: A strong interest in the elections is needed, otherwise CCW is at risk of folding.

THe CCW Executive is composed of the following positions:
PRESIDENT: oversees the Executive; builds consensus at Executive meetings; oversees the implementation of Association plans & programs; ensures Association operates in accordance with its By- Laws; calls Executive meetings; organizes agenda & chairs Executive meetings.

VICE-PRESIDENT: carries out duties & responsibilities of the President when the President is unavailable; runs the Audrey Jessup short story contest.

PAST-PRESIDENT: serves in advisory capacity to Executive to facilitate the continuity of information from one Executive to the next

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: responsible for the content of the regular monthly meetings(speakers & workshops) & the December dinner.  Reserves the meeting rooms for the monthly meetings.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: responsible for implementing & maintaining communications, including an Internet presence.

SECRETARY/MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: maintains membership records; solicits membership renewals; drafts summary minutes of Executive meetings.

TREASURER: maintains a bank account in the name of ‘Capital Crime Writers’; receives  fees & reimburses expenses; prepares an annual financial summary
For the past year the SECRETARY-MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR & TREASURER positions have been filled by one person
The Program Director is normally assisted by  two members from the Association.  The Communications Director is normally assisted by one member from the Association.

Members who have served on the Executive have generally served for a number of terms.  This has given the Executive a degree of continuity.  However, few new members have joined in recent years.  The Organization’s  strength lies in its members.  An executive needs and benefits greatly from an infusion of new Executive members.  New members build on past strengths, bring new ideas and help the Association face new  challenges.  In short, the Executive remains relevant to its members and carries the organization forward.

Any member of CCW can put their name forward for any position on the Executive.  A number of current Executive members have agreed to stay on the Executive.  However,  the Program Director &  the Vice-President,  will become vacant and must be filled at the May  election.  In addition, the Presidency may become vacant.

The Executive meets about four times a year.  The meetings usually take place in a library or a pub.  Having vacant  Executive positions places more work on fewer members.  Our Executive needs new blood.

If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the Executive positions outlined above, or if you have any questions, please contact the President Katherine Hobbs (president@capitalcrimewriters.com) or Michael Murphy (pastpresident@capitalcrimewriters.com ).

Short story finalists announced

The finalists for the 2016 Audrey Jessup Capital Crime Writers Short Story contest are:

  • Morgan Duchesney for Wrong Side of the River
  • Joe Italiano for On the Job
  • Andrew Kohut for Trouble with Numbers
  • James Portman for The Legacy
  • Wynn Quon for Haslau

The winners  will be announced on June 8th, 2016 at the Capital Crime Writers Pub Night. Nominees will read from their entries.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and best of luck.

When and where

When: Wedesnday, June 8, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Peter Devine’s Pub located at 67 Clarence St. in the Byward Market

Learn about the Ottawa Police Services Tactical Unit

Members of the Ottawa Police Services Tactical Unit will be speaking about the functions of this highly-trained unit and its capabilities at the next CCW meeting.

The unit handles incidents such as high-risk takedowns, hostage situations, sniper tactics, dealing with explosives, executing warrants, and accessing barricaded persons. Its members are often frontline at embassies, consulates and the airport.

Our next speaker will be from the Ottawa Police Services Tactical Unit. Further details to follow.

When and where

When: Wedesnday, April 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Ottawa City Hall (Honeywell Room, second floor)

Chapman launches 3rd book in Stonechild & Rouleau series

stonechild_3Join Brenda Chapman for the launch of Tumbled Graves, third in the Stonechild and Rouleau series! The launch takes place this Sunday, April 3 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road (http://whisperspubottawa.ca/ ).

Books on Beechwood will be available with copies for purchase.

Brenda will also be appearing with Linwood Barclay, John Lawton and Joyce Fielding at the Ottawa International Book Festival on Sunday, April 17 at 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.
Barbara Fradkin will be asking the questions! For tickets and more information, visit the Festival website: http://www.writersfestival.org/events/spring-2016/scene-of-the-crime

The rules of writing: Ignore at your peril

Melanie Fogel will speak on the rules of writing, their purpose, pitfalls and the  perils of ignoring them at the next CCW meeting on March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Melanie Fogel is the editor of Triptych Tales, and the former editor of  Storyteller, Canada’s Short Story Magazine.

She has given lectures and workshops at the Bloody Words and Surrey Writers conferences, taught creative writing for the Ottawa-Carleton School Board’s Continuing Education program, and served as a judge for the Audrey and Arthur Ellis prizes.

An Arthur Ellis-nominated writer, her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She is also the author of The Storyteller Fiction Writer’s Workbook

When and where

When: March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Ottawa City Hall (Honeywell Room, second floor)

Get the insider scoop on news reporting in 2016

Ian MacLeod

Ian MacLeod

The Feb. 10 meeting topic and speaker are mysteries no more.

Ian MacLeod, long-time and much-awarded Ottawa Citizen reporter and editor, will be discussing what it takes to uncover and write the news in the age of Twitter and a dying newspaper industry.

MacLeod began at the Ottawa Citizen in 1978 as copy boy. He soon moved to the police desk and later spent more than a decade as the paper’s senior crime reporter stationed at Ottawa police headquarters.

He subsequently served as the paper’s assignment editor and deputy city editor, elections editor, feature writer, senior investigative reporter, national security correspondent and nuclear and aviation affairs writer. He now works at the Postmedia Parliamentary Bureau covering national security and justice issues, the Supreme Court of Canada and the NDP.
Over his 38-year career, MacLeod has covered many major national and international news events. He was one of the few mainstream journalists to report on the 1990 Oka Crisis from behind Mohawk Warrior lines. Months later from aboard the Canadian Navy battleship “HMCS Athabaska” and other locales in the Middle East, he covered the build-up to the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In 1998, he filed the initial breaking coverage from the scene of the downing of Swiss Air Flight 111 off the Nova Scotia coast.

On Sept. 11, 2001, he was one of the first Canadian journalists to reach ground-zero in Lower Manhattan.

From Washington, he provided extensive coverage of the 2002 drive-by snipers terrorizing the capital and, in 2003, on the opening strikes of the Iraq War, with coverage from the White House, Pentagon and State Department.

His investigative reporting led him to the 2005 discovery and repatriation from Belgium of Canada’s long-lost, first official Maple Leaf flag, now enshrined at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The same year, he covered the transit suicide bombings in London and, later, the high-profile Old Bailey trial of seven jihadi terrorists who plotted to bomb the British capital. He was the leading reporter on the landmark Ottawa case and trial of Momin Khawaja, Canada’s first post-9/11 terrorism conviction.

MacLeod, 55, has won numerous journalism awards, including as the three-time winner of Canada’s top journalism prize for science writing for his stories on genomics, artificial intelligence and neurology. He has been nominated for three National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s highest journalism honour, and for investigative reporting by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Most recently, the association named MacLeod as a 2012 finalist for a national investigative reporting award for his revelations about the enormous stockpiles of radioactive waste hidden around Canada.

He lives in Ottawa with his journalist wife, their two children and the family dog and cat.

Awards and honors

  • Association of Journalists, national investigative reporting finalist, 2004, for “The Quiet Epidemic.”
  • National Newspaper Award finalist, 2002, for an in-depth narrative detailing how Canada’s air-traffic controllers cleared the skies of hundreds of U.S-bound jets on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Heath Care Public Relations Society of Canada, Hollobon Award for outstanding medical reporting, 2002, for “Bracing for Germ Warfare,” a feature-length look at Canada’s preparations for a global influenza pandemic.
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education, health and science media fellowship, 2002, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.
  • Canadian Science Writers’ Association, Society in Science Award, 2001, “Searching for HAL,” about the evolution of artificial intelligence.
  • Canadian Science Writers’ Association, Technology and Innovation Award, 2000, for “Genesis Inc.” about the commercialization of the human genome.
  • Canadian Association of Journalists, national investigative reporting award finalist, 2000, “Genesis Inc.”
  • Health Care Public Relations Society of Canada, Hollobon Award for outstanding medical reporting, 2000, “Genesis Inc.”
  • Ottawa Life Sciences Council, reporting award, 1999, “Genesis Inc.”
  • Gloucester Police Service civilian citation, 1993, for investigative reporting that led to a re-opening and conviction in the unsolved 1981 Janice Schaefler murder case.
  • Southam President’s Prize, 1992, for outstanding coverage of the 1990 Oka Crisis.
    Crime Stoppers (North America) top crime-writing awards, 1987, 1986.

Recap:

  • Speaker: Ian MacLeod
  • Topic: News reporting in 2016: What it takes to uncover and write the news in the age of Twitter and a dying newspaper industry
  • Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
  • 7 p.m.
  • Honeywell Room (second floor) at Ottawa City Hall
  • 110 Laurier Avenue West

Mystery speaker for Feb. 10 meeting

There is no January 2016 meeting of CCW.  The next meeting is on Wednesday. February 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.  Arrangements for the speaker are being finalized. Stay tuned for updates.

When and where

  • Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
  • 7 p.m.
  • Honeywell Room (second floor) at Ottawa City Hall
  • 110 Laurier Avenue West

Crime beat: CCW meeting and festive dinner details

Homegrown terrorism

The focus of this November’s Capital Crime Writers meeting is homegrown terrorism. Homegrown terrorism has been an issue for years.  It includes criminal actions by white supremacists, radical Islamists, skinheads and perpetrators of hate crimes.  The speaker has studied the issues and possesses a broad knowledge of the topic.

When and where

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7 p.m.
Where: Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room (2nd floor)

Festive dinner

The CCW festive get together features Barbara Fradkin, CCW member and author of the Inspector Green mysteries. Books will be available for sale.

Seating is limited (about 35). To reserve your seats, email pastpresident@capitalcrimewriters.com. Include your name, the number of guests in your party and a phone number

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6 p.m.
Where: Capones Italian Grill, 2369 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Debut novel features amateur sleuth with MS

Madona Skaff-Koren

Madona Skaff-Koren

CCW member and author Madona Skaff-Koren is debuting her Ottawa-based mystery novel, Journey of a Thousand Steps (available in paperback or ebook formats), as part of a multi-author book launch Sunday Oct. 25 at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Madona’s debut novel features Naya, a high-flying software-security  magnate and marathon runner turned recluse after multiple sclerosis saps her strength and her career. Her computer her only contact with the outside world, Naya reconnects with her childhood best friend, who shortly thereafter disappears.

Frustrated by police inaction around her friend’s disappearance, Naya turns amateur sleuth, following a convoluted trail from high tech suspects to drug dealers.

Joining her novel in the authors’ launch line-up are:

  • Human by S. M. Carriere: Supernatural suspense
  • The King in Darkness, by Evan May: Supernatural in Ottawa
  • Blood Matters, by Caroline Frechette:  Supernatural suspense, Latest book in Family by Choice series.
  • Unblocked by Caroline Frechette: Nonfiction.  Have you ever stared at a blank page in fear?  If you’ve ever felt like you couldn’t write for any reason this book is for you.

The event features readings, book signings by authors, and games:

  • A Match made in Austen: A game inspired by the timeless works of Jane Austen.
  • Extrahumans:  Mafia,  Monsters and Supers is a cooperative adventure card game based on the Family by Choice Series by Caroline Frechette