California Crime Writers Conference

June 6-7, 2015 | Culver City, CA

Registration is now open!

CCWC only happens once every two years and we cap it at 200 people to keep it intimate, so it sells out fast. Unlike huge fan conventions or big book festivals, CCWC gives writers an opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors and with agents, editors, publishers and law enforcement/forensics experts. Don’t miss your chance.

Those who attended CCWC 2013 know how unique this conference is and they’re already buying up spots, so register soon and take advantage of earlybird prices.  This year we are honored to present keynote speakers Charlaine Harris and Anne Perry.

Charlaine HarrisAnne Perry

CCWC is a joint fundraiser for SoCalMWA and Sisters in Crime LA. All profits go to support your local mystery writing community. June 6 & 7, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles – Westside 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, California

Nov Meeting: 11/2 | Forensic Myths & Misconceptions


Jennifer Dornbush, author of


The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy.

Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV. Her female-driven crime drama, The Coroner’s Daughter, is being developed for TV. And several of her crime pieces are in the pipeline with various studios and networks. Jennifer’s scripts have placed her on the short list of the Fox/Blacklist TV Program, Nichols, Austin, American Zoetrope, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Her half-hour forensic comedy, Home Bodies, received a Humanitas’ New Voices Award.

Wanting to share her love of forensics with other storytellers, she scribed Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, published by Michael Wiese Productions, hailed as a north star to creating authentic crime dramas.

She regularly leads seminars on forensics and fiction for The Writers Store, Great American

Pitchfest, Crime Writers Weekend, Sisters in Crime, Act One, Scriptwriters Network, Romance Writers of America, Screenwriters World Conference, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her bi-monthly Forensic Speak Newsletter reaches hundreds of writers with current forensic tips and developments.

Jennifer has worked on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Clear History; Paramount’s The Dictator; ABC’s Mixology; and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. She also enjoys teaching screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University and Act One.

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Featured Reader: Maxine Nunes

Like her heroine Nikki Easton, Maxine Nunes grew up in New York, did some youthful wandering and tried her hand at acting. But after a few waitressing and temp jobs, and one good role in a bad feature film, she lucked into a gig writing romance novels — quickie potboilers, which she wrote at the rate of one a month to make her rent. Turned out she was more interested writing than acting — and writing was more interested in her. She has since written and produced for TV, and currently writes for several publications, including the L.A. Times. She’s also deeply immersed in the next Nikki Easton mystery. Maxine will be reading from DAZZLED.

Chapter meetings held at:

South Pasadena Library Community Room 1115 El Centro Street South Pasadena CA 91030 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED * ADMISSION IS FREE * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC * BRING YOUR
 FRIENDS This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.


Sisters in Crime LA AnthologyFrom the Low Riders that nightly cruise the Sunset Strip, to the infamous Dead Man’s Curve immortalized in song, Southern Californian’s fascination with their cars has long been the fodder of legend and has defined a culture known for its fast-paced and sometimes reckless lifestyle. Now, sixteen tantalizing stories from L.A. authors takes us on a Joyride through the darker streets of Los Angeles. At the signpost, just ahead, your… LAST EXIT TO MURDER.

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