SISTERS IN CRIME MISSION: We promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers for equality in the industry.

If you love mystery fiction as much as we do, join us. Readers and writers make up our Orange County, California, chapter.  We usually meet on the fourth Sunday of every month to learn about, and discuss, all things crime fiction. 

Next Meeting:

Nov 20 on Zoom 

Readers forum led by Pat Broeske at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. PT is “Wait — where are we? Mystery-crime in exotic locales.”

The main meeting begins at 4 p.m. with Erica Ferencik and Aaron Philip Clark in Conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

Award-winning novelist Erica Ferencik has received glowing critical praise for her literary thrillers featuring women who face extreme physical challenges in nature, even as they grapple with internal struggles. Devoted to authenticity in her craft, Erica spent weeks in the wilderness of northern Maine as research for her debut novel, The River at Night, an Indie Next Pick that New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware called “raw, relentless, and heart-poundingly real.” For her “hair-raisingly vivid” (Kirkus) follow-up, Into the Jungle, Ferencik journeyed a hundred miles up the Amazon to experience firsthand the lush and perilous Peruvian jungle. Inspired and informed by a month-long trip to Greenland, Ferencik sets the New York Times, Oprah Daily, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal’s editors’ pick, GIRL IN ICE, in one of the most unforgiving, unforgettable landscapes imaginable.

Aaron Philip Clark is the author of the novel Under Color of Law and a screenwriter from Los Angeles. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in the film industry, higher education, and law enforcement. Learn more at

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s published works include Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt, 2004; Mars Street Press, 2018), a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors best book award. Her short story, “Crazy for You,” published in Orange County Noir (Akashic, 2010), was chosen for USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. Her short fiction has been published in Coolest American Stories 2022, CrimeReads, Oyez ReviewLiterary Hatchet, Rock and a Hard Place, Broad River Review, and Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. Essays and articles have seen print in Inlandia, The Antarctica Review, The Ocotillo Review, The Writer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers,, San Jose Mercury News, Orange Coast Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She was scriptwriter and co-producer on the documentary, Not in My Neighborhood, and has worked as a corporate scriptwriter. She teaches creative writing at Chapman University’s Dodge Film School, Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute, online at Gotham Writer’s Workshop, private workshops, and has taught at UC-Irvine Extension where she received a Distinguished Instructor Award. She hosts the podcast, Writers on Writing, and founded the Pen on Fire Speaker Series in Newport Beach. Her most recent publication is Palm Springs Noir, published in 2021 by Akashic Books.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Nov 20, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Our Sunday meetings are always free to the public, but donations are always welcome. Any amount helps.

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We welcome sisters and misters with an interest in the mystery genre, including authors pursuing a career in crime and mystery writing, booksellers, publishers, librarians, editors, agents, and fans.

Membership Dues and Forms 

You must join the National organization to be eligible for membership in the Orange County chapter. To join national Sisters in Crime, please visit the national Sisters in Crime Website:

Orange County dues are $25 per year.

To join Sisters in Crime Orange County, please print send the completed Orange County Sisters in Crime form on our membership page and a check for $25 payable to Sisters in Crime, O.C. or join online by filling out the following form and pay using PayPal.

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