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CCW April 2015 Meeting: Elections & PIZZA!

Got a taste for blood (and pizza)? Feeling bloody-minded? Then why not join us!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 8, 2015 in the Honeywell Room at Ottawa City Hall.  It begins at 6:45.  Pizza will be served.  The 2015-2016 election for the CCW Executive will then take place.  PLEASE COME TO THIS MEETING IF YOU ARE FREE.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the executive positions, please email Michael Murphy   The CCW executive needs new blood.  We welcome fresh blood to the executive.

Our yearly book exchange also takes place.  Bring a couple of mysteries you have read to the meeting, leave them on the table and go home with something new to read.

Time permitting, we will have a round the table discussion of what we are currently reading.  Go home with suggestions from CCW members of what to read next, from Ottawa’s most discerning mystery readers

IF YOU ARE COMING TO THIS MEETING, PLEASE REPLY TO Michael Murphy  so he knows how much pizza to bring.

FINAL REMINDER: Entries for the “Audrey” short story contest close on April 1st. No fooling.

Brenda Chapman interview and gift-card contest

Bitten by Books is running a live, world-wide Q and A chat with Brenda Chapman on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at noon Mountain time. Pre-register and get points for draws – a $25 Amazon gift card or copies of Butterfly Kills. On the day, you just need to check in, and take part if only for a question or comment or two, from anywhere in the world.



March 11, 2015, Honeywell Room,  (2nd floor) Ottawa City Hall, 7 pm

Jon Willing & Tony Spears, both of the OTTAWA SUN.
TOPIC:  Police beat & Court Reporting

Jon will speak about police reporting & Tony will speak about court reporting

Jon Willing spoke briefly at ‘Capital Mayhem’ (organized by CCW & OPL) last year.  That limited his time  to provide  insights into courtroom procedures and action.  He is currently  the City Hall reporter for the OTTAWA SUN, but before that was their police beat reporter.  Jon did his undergraduate work at the University of Waterloo then obtained his Masters in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2003.  Before coming to Ottawa in 2006, he worked at the WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW and the GUELPH MERCURY.

Tony Spears is the OTTAWA SUN  courts reporter, providing vivid sketches of fraudsters and murders to the delight of a tabloid readership.  He’s covered three federal budgets, which caused him to consider taking up murder himself.  He has also worked as a general assignment  reporter for the OTTAWA SUN & OTTAWA CITIZEN

February 11th, 2014 WORKSHOP


Next meeting, February 11th, 2014, Ottawa City Hall, Honeywell Room.

Madeline McBride will present this workshop.  Writers , are your characters’ goals and conflict strong enough to carry the story?  This interactive craft workshop will help you describe what your characters want, the stakes, and what’s stopping them from reaching their goals.
In an exercise using a simple template, you’ll identify your hero/heroine’s internal and external goals, motivations, consequences/stakes and conflict (GMCC).  Those willing to share will have the opportunity to  get feedback on their work-in-progress GMCC’s.  The resulting comprehensive  GMCC  sentences, one for each character can be key elements of pitches
This workshop is based on Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict, arguably an essential craft resource for writers of commercial fiction genres such as mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, romance etc.
Madeline McBride (Presenter) is currently President of Ottawa Romance Writers Association, writes as Madelle Morgan.  She’s completed six books, although three were for practice as she honed her craft!  She won or placed  in several writing contests.