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

Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.


CCW Kicks Off 2018

January CCW Meeting Minutes from President Kat Lopez

First off, I wanted to welcome our two newest members, Barbara Silkstone and Jean Macaluso, who attended our first CCW Chapter meeting of 2018 a week ago. I wanted to share with the group the updates and plans we have for the chapter. Below are the items discussed at our meeting.


o The Chapter became incorporated in October and our official chapter name is Citrus Crime Writers, Inc. (Tony)

o We have obtained an EIN via the IRS to obtain a chapter bank account (Kat)


o Establishing a chapter back account Friday, Feb. 2 (Tony, Kat)

o Start collecting membership dues for the chapter – email will announce when we will start collecting the $10 chapter dues

o Add a PayPal button to WordPress chapter page for dues collection (Lucille)


o Create a map of membership showing where our members are located across central Florida (Kat)

o Aim to boost membership to chapter and attendance at meetings


o Arrange “field trips” or visits for chapter membership

o Book special speakers for upcoming meetings

Committee Creation – will be developing committees focused on:

o Membership Committee – to manage chapter items, membership drives, ensure members are current in dues

o Events Committee – track and organize meeting events, inform chapter of community events

o Meeting Committee – coordinate chapter meeting locations, coordinate speakers for meetings, assist with monthly topics

o Communication Committee – handles the web pages, generates the chapter newsletter, sends out communications to chapter

I will also be forwarding some communications from the national organization that may impact the chapter. One such email is for the Speaker Bureau. This application process allows for chapters to apply for speakers for their meetings. Within the email there is a link listing available speakers. I would like for us to apply for the next round of selections. They are done a year in advance, but would still like to get something established if possible for the chapter.

Now that we formally have all the paperwork and set dressings if you will accomplished for the chapter, we are hoping to focus on the business of being a fully-fledged chapter. Anyone interested in assisting with the noted committees, please let us know and we will get you with the other interested chapter members. We are looking at booking other locations at various locations to suit our membership for our monthly meetings. We are hoping to increase the attendance for our meetings and books events as well in the coming year. With that said, we would like to know what topics you would find interesting for our meetings. Please forward topics you would like us to focus on for future meetings. I look forward to your emails and seeing you at the next meeting, scheduled for February 18.

Be sure to contact me at to sign up for one of our CCW committees. We can only succeed with your help!

Welcome to 2018 from CCW and a Word from Chapter President Lopez

I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. I wanted to drop a quick note to remind everyone about our monthly meetings. We meet monthly on the third Sunday of the month. While we have plans to be a mobile chapter – meaning we will hold meetings not just here in Orlando, but in our member’s cities – we have not booked or reserved meeting spaces just yet for the upcoming year. Our treasurer Tony has graciously offered his house for our meeting until we start booking locations. The first meeting this year is on January 28 (yes, not the third Sunday of the month, but I had a conflict).
Below is the list of meetings set for this year. Any changes to the schedule will be announced as soon as possible. The time for these meetings are 3-4:30 pm. As of this email, the location for all the meetings is as follows:
Tony Awtrey’s Home
16215 Birchwood Way, Orlando, FL 32828. Gate code: #2820
Once we start booking other locations, I will update you as to location and time.
2018 Citrus Crime Writers Meeting Schedule
January 28 – To discuss formation of committees, meeting topics to cover, desired speakers, upcoming events, chapter dues
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
We will be opening a chapter bank account shortly and will discuss the collection of dues at our first meeting. Our chapter dues will be $10. You must be current with the national organization’s dues as well.
If you have any suggestions as to locations, speakers, etc., please to not hesitate in contacting me! I hope to see you at the next meeting.
CCW Chapter President
Kat Lopez

Sunny Festival of Reading

Hi Sisters and Misters! It was a very warm and sunny day in St. Pete at the Tampa Bay Festival of Reading with the Citrus Crime Writers, a Central Florida chapter of Sisters in Crime. Great day to meet readers, fellow writers and book dealers at USF’s campus. Thanks to chapter president Kat Lopez, social media contributor, Bridges DelPonte, and fellow writer Martha Geaney for helping to staff our booth!