Education Grant Money Available to Members

With so many demands on our pocketbooks and our time, it can be difficult to justify participation everywhere there is a call. This is one of the things your executive is keeping sharply in mind as we negotiate the waters around our young chapter. How do we bring the highest possible value to our members? And how do we make our organization relevant to our membership: present and future?

One of the ways is to share the opportunities available only to members of Sisters in Crime. For example, each year our parent (mother!) organization gives out money to members looking to enhance their profile and their knowledge in the form of an Education Grant fund.

All it takes to begin the process is a simple application. All it takes to qualify is attendance at an approved workshop/class/or conference and three previous years of continuous SinC membership.

You can see a list of approved educational opportunities here. Submit your application for a grant of up to $150 here.

We think this is a wonderful membership benefit, and we hope you will take advantage of it. If you have any questions, you can e-mail the grant team at

Summer Retreat Schedule Revealed!

We are delighted to be able to reveal the lineup and schedule for our first ever Western Canadian Chapter’s Summer Retreat,

In addition to New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King (Island of the Mad, Mary Russel’s War) there will also be workshops and panels led by Janice MacDonald, Kristina Stanley, S.G. Wong, and Linda L. Richards: these are all powerful and talented women with a lot to share but, maybe best of all? They are your sisters. It’s going to be a great weekend!

We hope you will join us. Follow the link if you’d can’t wait another second and want to sign up right now, or read more about the retreat we’re cooking up below.


Friday Evening:

7:00 p.m. August 17, 2018

Friday evening social: Swans Pub, 506 Pandora Street.
A casual (no host) social. Get to know other writers attending the Retreat, including Sisters in Crime members.

Saturday Schedule:

August 18

Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Magnolia Room at the Magnolia Hotel and Spa in Victoria
9:00 – 10:00 Janice MacDonald, “Inclusion Rider: Populating the 21st Centruy Novel”
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Kristina Stanley, “Self-Editing for Writers”
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 S.G. Wong, “Tinker & Tailor: Author Marketing That Suits Best”
12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (on own)
2:00 – 3:00 Linda L. Richards, “Secrets of the Publishing World”
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Laurie R. King, “Sustaining a Series”
4:15 – 5:00 Wrap-up / Final Remarks

Saturday Evening:

Bolen Books, #111-1644 Hillside Ave.
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Author Alchemy: Spinning Facts into Fiction Gold
A multi-author panel event moderated by S.G. Wong, featuring Laurie R. King; open to the public and free to attend.

In the interest of service…

Sisters in Crime is an organization fueled by passion. It just isn’t the kind of outfit people get involved in to do anything but help others and service a larger cause. That being the case, it behooves us to find the place where we can help the most people in our community. It seems that one of the ways to do that is with a blog that everyone — including you — can be involved with. Have a new book coming out? Have an opinion on relevant news items in the world at large? Have a favorite book you’d like to tell us about? A crime fiction-related activity? A favorite song? We want to about all of that. And more.