What we're about

Mystery, murder, and mayhem -- that's what our members are passionate about . . . that is, in the books they read, write, or work with in their professional careers. If that sounds like you, then the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (FLGCSinC) is the MeetUp group for you, one of more than 70 chapters of Sisters in Crime across the US and Canada and thousands of members across the globe.

Chartered in 1986, SinC is dedicated to the advancement of women crime fiction writers, and more contemporarily, strives to support all crime writers with the information, education, networking, and friendship opportunities that are key to writing and publishing success. Sisters in Crime welcomes members of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, cultures, and religions--anybody and everyone who shares our passion for mystery, thriller, and suspense!

Locally, the FGC Chapter of SinC offers great benefits to members at a price you can’t get with any other writers group:

• Monthly Meetings with fantastic speakers who both inform and entertain with optional networking lunch afterwards. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1st Saturday of every month – currently virtual (Zoom) and hopefully soon, in-person rotating locations across the greater Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota metro area.

• Discounts and advance registration for online and in-person workshops on write-craft, publishing, and more.

• Publicity and book selling opportunities:

Meet-up group (post your profile and advertise virtual/in-person author events)

Website and social media pages

Community events, e.g., book festivals, author-reader luncheons, workshops

• Critique partners or groups that, because they know crime genres, can better help you reach for your writing and publishing goals. Even published authors can learn from helping others.

• READERS: this is a great opportunity for you to become Beta Readers and Book Reviewers – read books FREE before they hit the bookstores.

• Travel Buddy Program -- share travel expenses (e,g., hotels, car rides, Ubers) to Sleuthfest, Bouchercon, and other writer and reader conferences and book festivals.

• Participate in private meetups with best-selling authors, our Sisters and Misters, when they are in town for a book launch.

• Mystery-themed social events (e.g., Murder Mystery Dinner parties, escape room excursions, game nights).

• And most importantly, the chance to make good friends with men and women who share our passion for mysteries, thrillers, and suspense books you can't put down.

Nationally, your annual membership in Sisters in Crime includes:

• 2 free webinars per month covering write-craft, publishing, PR/marketing, business, and crime-related subject matter expertise (e.g., forensics, criminal psychology), PLUS access to a growing archive of webinars.

• Free annual “SinC into Great Writing” online workshop PLUS other special online programs.

• Monthly newsletters and quarterly magazines chock full of news and information you can use to further your writing and publishing goals.

• Education and scholarships grants to help pay for conferences, online classes, retreats, and more.

• And most importantly, friends all over the world who share a passion for SinC and supporting one another.

Come visit us and see what we're all about! For more information, go to www.FLGCSinC.com and http://www.SistersInCrime.org .

At only $20 local and $50 national, Sisters in Crime offers great value all around for following your passion -- less than 20 cents per day or $6 per month!

Upcoming events (2)

Author Signing Event - "There's Something in the Water."

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library

Join the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime chapter at an author signing event at the Pinellas Park Library on Saturday, January 29, 2-4 pm at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library,[masked]nd St. N., Pinellas Park, FL

Our member authors will be on hand to greet the public, sell and sign their books, and share a panel discussion on “Coastal Crimes – There’s Something in the Water.” We hope to see you there!

Chapter Meeting - A View from the Bench

Online event

Here comes the Judge. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime is pleased to announce the featured speaker at the February 5, 2022, meeting will be Judge Lee E. Haworth. The meeting will be held at the Fruitville Public Library, 100 Apex Road · Sarasota, Florida

Judge Lee E. Haworth was born and raised in our area. After attending law school, he went to work for the State Prosecutor’s office where he became chief prosecutor in just four years and went on to join the Circuit Court bench. Then came the first Gulf War. During that conflict, Judge Haworth, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, was deployed to Kuwait City (an active war zone) to help repatriate prisoners of war through Saudi Arabia and back to Iraq, where they would be tried for their crimes. Following the first Gulf war, he returned to Florida and resumed a “normal’ career as a Circuit Court Judge until the 2007 recession hit. He was appointed Chief Judge during the recession.
Some of the cases Judge Haworth worked on when he was an Assistant State Attorney was John Waterman, John Troy, Glen Chambers Walker family murders, and Henry Lorenzo Payne.

This event is a hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting. There will be a member lunch following the meeting at Gecko’s.

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