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Writing about Unconventional Murder Weapons and Computers

Our March meeting included two great presentations.  CCW President and author Kat Lopez presented about spicing up your mystery novels with “Unconventional Murder Weapons”.  Her slides are below and provide links to various sources and YouTube 716rbgeiqpl__ux250_videos on this subject. Here are the slides for Unconventional Murder Weapons…/1Dqc2UMK1yOZL04c3XagPeV_X1O…/edit…

The second presentation from CCW treasurer and author Anthony Awtrey examined “Writing about Computers” and how to include computers and tech lingo into our mystery writing in an effective and professional way.  Here are the slides for Writing About Computers,…/18HL-2Oxl-XJ9HQnN0jimj_VoNi…/edit…TonyAwtrey

Don’t miss our next CCW monthly meeting in April where you can learn more about the craft and business of mystery writing.  Check out our Facebook page for the latest developments at


And the Winner Is…..

And the winner is…..Charlotte Hunter. Thanks to all who participated in the CCW meeting survey and attended the March monthly meeting. Charlotte’s name was randomly drawn from those present to win the basket of books and wine. Congratulations to Charlotte and please find the survey results and meeting minutes below.  We also tried out Facebook live to enable our remote members to check out our meeting.  Visit our Facebook page at for the recording.

Hope to see you at our next CCW meeting scheduled for April 15!


Citrus Crime Writers – Minutes – 3-18-18


Take Our Survey – Win a Prize!

Hey CCW Writers,
We have a quick survey for you to take–less than 4 minutes long.  Please help us serve you better with insights into our monthly meeting events, times/days, locations, and topics of interest.  We will randomly draw a name from those who answered this survey to win a fun basket of books and wine at our March monthly meeting. Please note that you must be present and aged over 21 to win this prize.
(If link does not work, simply cut and paste address into your web browser and go!)
Thanks for participating!
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News about SinC Education Grants

Hey CCW Sisters and Misters – Don’t Miss Out on a 2018 SinC Education Grants – please see the details below. Get those applications going!

Education Grant Opportunity
February 16, 2018

Dear SinC member,

We are very excited about this new benefit for our members!

Have you ever thought about attending a writer’s conference? Does your local community college offer creative writing classes? Have you wanted to take one of the online Gotham Writers workshops? But cost was an issue?

SinC wants to help, by giving you $150 – that’s cold hard cash – for writing education!

SinC will award grants to at least 100 members in 2018 on a first-apply, first-served basis.

Below are the important details. There’s more fine print on our website. You can apply starting March 1. So start planning now!

Who is eligible? You must submit a grant application and receive approval. Must be a current member of SinC, and must have been a member for three consecutive years. The grant can be used in the third year. Example: Member joins SinC in 2016. She can apply for a grant to be used in 2018, as long as she is also a dues-paying member in 2017 and 2018. Lifetime members can use the benefit immediately upon paying their lifetime dues.

How often can I receive a grant? Every five years of continuous membership.

When are funds disbursed? After the workshop, class, or conference.

What if I cancel? A grant application can be cancelled at any time, and doesn’t count against the “every five years” requirement.

If the grant amount is less than $150, can a member apply for another one to use the “balance”? No. The member must wait another five years to apply for another grant.

When can a member apply? Applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2018 for education grants to be used in 2018. We will send out a reminder email on March 1st with the link to apply.

What educational opportunities are eligible? These are limited to a pre-selected list from which members can choose, and will include opportunities such as:

•Conferences with an education focus. Talks on craft, pitch sessions with publishers and agents, critiques, master classes

•Programs specifically geared toward subject-matter knowledge.

•Workshops or classes on the craft and business of writing.

•Established SinC chapter classes, workshops and conferences.

What about Writers Police Academy? WPA is a special case. In 2018, SinC will subsidize up to 100 members who are first-time attendees to WPA, with a block grant to WPA that reduces their registration cost by $150. If a member registers for 2018 WPA and thereby takes advantage of that $150 subsidy, that will count as her educational grant for 2018, and she won’t be eligible for another grant until 2023 after five consecutive years of SinC membership. In 2019, instead of the block grant, WPA will go on the list of approved educational opportunities so members can apply for an individual grant to attend WPA.

We expect a FLOOD of applications, so line up your writing education for 2018 and look for the next Eblast.

If you have any questions, email us at

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