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Educational Grant Opportunities 2019
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All 2019 Education grants have been allocated. We are no longer accepting applications.  


SinC members participating in the following conferences, workshops, and classes may apply for a grant of up to $150 to defray registration expenses. Who is eligible? See the main Ed Grant page. (Funds will be disbursed after attendance; receipts are required to receive reimbursement (form to request reimbursement).


Mystery Conferences

Listed in chronological order.


Emotional Craft of Fiction

March 1-3, 2019  •  Las Vegas NV

The emotional effect of fiction on readers is more than just luck. It's a craft. Based on psychological research and extensive study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, workshop participants will discover how to go beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers--one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.  Coupon Available: $30 discount for SinC members only.


Sleuthfest 2019

March 14-17, 2019 ● Boca Raton FL

The Florida Chapter of MWA’s annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers. 2018 Guests of Honor included: Keynote Andrew Gross, Forensic GoH Katherine Ramsland Ph.D., and guest authors Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, P..J. Parrish and James R. Benn.


Murder and Mayhem Chicago (2019)

March 23, 2019 • Chicago IL

MMC is a one-day event featuring some of Chicago’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. 


California Crime Writers

June 8-9, 2019 • Culver City, CA


CCWC offers four tracks of curriculum for the mystery writer: writing craft, industry/business, law enforcement/forensics and marketing. Each track features eight panels and/or workshops. Attendees can attend any combination of sessions.


Historical Novel Society North America (2019)

June 20-22, 2019 ● National Harbor, MD

The North American HNS conference is an action-packed weekend with engaging speakers on historical eras, historical research, the craft of writing, publishing, and more. Speakers include one or two guests of honor and dozens of program presenters who are experts in their field.



CraftFest and Master CraftFest (2019)

July 9-13, 2019 ● New York, NY

The original vision of CraftFest and Master CraftFest was to create exceptional, one-of a-kind schools for teaching the craft of thriller writing. Our mission is to provide students with the tools needed to take their writing to the next level and to help each reach their individual career goals.


Writers' Police Academy (2019)

August 1-4, 2019 ● Raleigh, NC

Hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can use to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This conference features real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!


Willamette Writers Conference (2019)

August 2-4, 2019 • Portland OR

The 50th Annual Willamette Writers Conference promises three full days of classes, workshops, keynotes, critiques, and events. Join in for a weekend of community as you develop your craft and expand your career. There will be many options for one on one critique, including On the Spot Critiques and Advance Manuscript Critique. As always, we'll have a roster of agents, editors and film executives ready to hear about your project.


Killer Nashville (2019)

August 22-25, 2019 • Franklin TN

Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, free agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet, film previews, and live music performances.


Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference (2019)

August 22-25, 2019  •  Corte Madera CA (Just north of San Francisco)

This conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work.


Novelists Inc Conference

September 25-29, 2019  ●  St. Petersburg FL

The Novelists, Inc. conference is a unique experience that brings together multi-published, multi-genre authors who publish traditionally, independently, or both. The speakers are selected from the top echelons of the industry and the conversations rise far and above what you'll experience anywhere else. Come discover the latest tools, maximize your publishing relationships, hone effective strategies, exploit opportunities, and rocket your career to the next level!


New England Crime Bake (2019)

November 8-10, 2019  •  Location TBD (Boston Area)

The New England Crime Bake is the premier conference for writers and lovers of crime writing in New England, held every Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday through Sunday. Jointly sponsored by the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Crime Bake is a learning experience and a networking opportunity. Attendees include writers at all stages of their careers, representing every genre in crime writing, including mystery, thriller, suspense, YA, historical, and true crime.


Script DC (2019)

Dates TBA 2019 ● Location TBA

ScriptDC supports the work of directors, producers, actors, and writers via seminars that provide access to talented media professionals willing to share their expertise. No information yet posted about the 2019 conference. Last year's conference was held October 26-28, 2018 at American University in Washington, D.C.





Some are ongoing with rolling dates, and some are self-directed at your own pace, at any time. 

1.  Writing classes offered by educational institutions

These can be college or university; continuing education or for-credit.


2.  Regional teaching conferences

These can be large, mid-sized or one-day conferences held throughout the United States.

Qualified conferences or workshops must be taught by industry professionals (published authors, agents and/or editors) and focused on improving craft, genre knowledge, career management, industry savvy, and continuing education and professional development for novice to published authors. Online offerings qualify.

Each conference will be vetted on an individual basis, and added to a list of conferences that includes:

RMFW’s Colorado Gold Conference held annually in September
Pikes Peak Writers Conference held annually in late April/early May
Jackson Hole Writers Conference held annually in June


3.  Subject Area Classes

Qualified instruction includes: expert training such as the kind offered by Writers Police Academy, PI classes, legal or criminal justice classes, or classes offered through local police departments. These courses need to be taught by qualified professionals. Each grant submission will be evaluated on an individual basis.


4. Writer Workshops (writing courses only)

Writers Workshops provide a creative home where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. Reimbursement is eligible for educational offerings only. Each workshop offering will be evaluated on an individual basis.

 Approved workshops include:

Gotham Writers Workshop located in New York City

Lighthouse Writers Workshop located in Denver, CO

Indiana Writer’s Center located in Indianapolis, IN

Rittenhouse Writers Group located in Philadelphia, PA

20 Books Vegas in Las Vegas, NV


5. Guppy Classes


6. Masterclass Online (writing courses only)

MasterClass is an immersive online experience that offers access to genius by allowing anyone to take online classes with the world's best. These video courses are 100% exclusive - MasterClass produces the courses directly with the instructors to capture exactly what the masters want to teach. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as you'd like. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others' work. The writing instructors include James Patterson, Judy Blume, David Mamet, Shonda Rhimes, and Aaron Sorkin, and they are always adding new classes.


7. RWA University

RWA University is an education program offering members of Romance Writers of America the opportunity to learn about the craft and career aspects of writing romance fiction. The program does not offer degrees, accreditations, or certifications and makes no claims as to the effect of program participation on an author's career success. Classes are held as forums, live and recorded webinars, and audio recordings. 

Examples of past classes are:  Handling a Book Launch, How to Sell More Books, Writing with Emotional Intensity, and Time Management and a Writing Career.


8. MWA University

Mystery Writers of America University (MWA-U) is a full-day, low-cost writing seminar designed to teach participants the essential skills needed to write a novel, from the idea stage to the final editing. The focus is on the craft of writing, and the college-level courses are taught by published writers and experienced teachers.

The core curriculum includes: Dramatic Structure and Plot, Setting and Description, Editing, The Writing Life, etc.


9. Mark Dawson's Courses

From the flagship Advertising for Authors to the foundational Self Publishing 101, these premium courses are produced to an exacting standard and have been taken by thousands of authors at all stages of their careers.
Class offering includes: Ads for Authors, Self Publishing 10 and List Building for Authors.


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