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Educational Grant Program for SinC Members
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SinC will support YOU in learning your craft!

The Education Grant program will award grants of up to $150 to individual SinC members for writing-related education.

Sisters in Crime will award grants to at least 100 members in 2018 on a first-come, first-served basis, until the budget of $15,000 for the scholarship program is allocated. If this program is successful, we will continue and expand it in 2019 and 2020.

Eligibility: 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 2018. She can apply for a grant to be used in 2020, as long as she is also a dues-paying member in 2019 and 2020. Lifetime members can use the benefit immediately upon paying their lifetime dues.

Frequency: Members can apply for another grant, after five more years of consecutive membership. Example: Member receives a grant in 2018; she can apply for another grant to be used in 2023 as long as she remains a member in the years 2019-2023.

When are funds disbursed? After the workshop, class, or conference. Proof of expenditure, in the form of a receipt, must be submitted with this form. Member will receive a check from SinC.

Cancellation. 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? The program opens March 1, 2018 for scholarships to be used in 2018. In subsequent years, if the program is continued, the application period will begin December 1.

Scholarship grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, for the calendar year, at least 14 days in advance of the opportunity’s date. Once the budgeted funds are allocated, the program will be shut down on this page and applications will no longer be allowed.

Eligible educational opportunities. These are limited to a pre-selected list (see below) 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 like Writers Police Academy 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.

Don't see your favorite conference or workshop? Members may suggest a workshop or conference to be added to the 2019 approved list by by sending an email to Liz Stuewe, the Education Grant program administrator. Include a title, website, and justification for inclusion on the list. These suggestions do not necessarily have to be genre-specific; however, retreats and fan conferences like Malice Domestic, Left Coast Crime, and Bouchercon are not eligible. Marketing classes are not eligible, though conferences with a marketing track are, as long as the overall conference/workshop focuses on education in writing. Additions to the approved list will be made before the 2019 grant period opens.

Eligible expenses: Registration, tuition, meals if bundled, pitch sessions, master classes, manuscript critiques. Not eligible: Travel, lodging, or separately priced meals like banquets.

2018 Eligible Educational Opportunities (Click this Link to See More Information about Each):

  • Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference
  • Crime Bake
  • Killer Nashville
  • Magna cum Murder
  • Novelists Inc Conference
  • Script DC
  • Thrillerfest
    • Gotham Writers Workshop
    • Guppy Classes
    • Masterclass Online (writing courses only)
    • RWA University
    • Writing classes offered by educational institutions (universities, colleges, continuing education or for-credit)

Education Grant Application.  Please allow 14 days for a response. If grant approval is essential for your participation in the workshop, class, or conference, then factor that delay into your decision to attend.

(members-only access, so be sure that you are signed in first)

RequEST EDUCATION GRANT - will be available to access on March 1st at 9am EST.

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