E-Newsletter | Issue: 2023-04-01

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Nicole R. Locker

Dear CRW Members,

Happy April! The Stiletto Contest just closed yesterday, and we are excited to see the judging commence on those entries here in the coming days. If you are signed up to judge entries, just a quick reminder that you can ask questions or flag problematic entries by contacting your judge coordinator who emailed you. There’s still time to sign up to judge entries here if you haven’t been able to sign up yet. Just scroll all the way down the page and complete the Judge Signup Form.

We also just got our Spring Mentor Matching Program underway this past month with six pairs matched to Mentor and be Mentored. We hope these coming weeks will be a great experience for each of our matches!

New Members

Please join me in extending a big, warm welcome to our newest members of CRW:

  • Kat Vinson
  • Maya Yoder
  • Lauren Connolly
  • Dan Feinberg
  • Shelby Saville
  • Esther Clark
  • Erica Hansen
  • Noramn Spector
  • Lynn Slaughter
  • Jodie Mckamy
  • Asia Karpuleon
  • Kristin Shropshire
  • Cass Scotka
  • Lariette Lee
  • Jane Poller
  • Janet Irvin
  • Laralyn Gill
  • Janny Lora
  • Jennifer Colwell
  • Sadie Snyder
  • Jayda Justus
  • Teresa Silva
  • Sree Natesan
  • Rachel Schmidt


Be sure to join us in May to find out about CRW, what we offer, and how to get the most our of your CRW Membership.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – 3:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | 12:00 p.m. PT
RSVP Now to Reserve Your Virtual Seat!

April Writing Challenge

Be sure to join in on the monthly Writing Challenge. You set your own word count goal for the month and report your new word counts at the interval of your choosing (daily, weekly, hourly, etc.). We’ll tally the overall goal at the end of the month, but you can see the progress as updates are reported throughout the month. Encourage other members to hit their goals and get encouragement from them!

Major shout outs to our March participants who hit 100% of their writing goal: Despina Karras and Lauren Connolly. Way to go!! And all our March participants for all your hard work this past month. Look how close you all got overall!

Conference Sneak-Peek

Our conference volunteers have been on the ball these past several weeks getting speakers lined up for our Virtual Conference in July. For a sneak peek at what you can look forward to this summer, take a look here!

In-Person Writing Retreat

For anyone interested in joining your fellow CRW members at an in-person writing retreat this year, please fill out our Interest Form. We will use the responses from this form to determine the date and location of this year’s in-person retreat, and look forward to seeing you there!

Join the CRW Accountability Group

With the new year comes a new emphasis on goals and how we work to reach them. If you haven’t already, come join the CRW Accountability Group, led by CRW Member Tanya Agler.

Call for 2023 Virtual Conference Session Proposals/Sponsors/Door Prizes

CRW is currently taking submissions for Session Proposals, Conference Sponsorships, and Door Prizes for the 2023 CRW Virtual Conference. If you’re interested in any or all of these, we’ve linked to them below.

Want to be a Conference Speaker?

Become a 2023 Conference Sponsor

Donate a Conference Door Prize

New! CRW Merch Store

Hop on over the the CRW Merch Store to see our new CRW branded T-Shirts. Share photos in our Facebook Group when you get yours and put it on!

Coming Up in 2023…

Here are a few things to look forward to this year as a CRW Member!

  • July: Camp NaNoWriMo
  • July 29 – 30: 2023 CRW Virtual Conference
  • September 1: Spring Mentor Program (applications September 1-14, working in pairs September 15-November 10)
  • October 1 – 15: Taking Nominations for 2024 Board Elections
  • October 16-31: 2024 Board Elections
  • October 15: NaNoWriMo Group Opens
  • November 1 – December 10: A Novel Celebration submissions open

Event Calendar

Writing Sprints

Join in on our CRW-led writing sprints. We share reminders in the member Facebook Group and Slack.

Every Tuesday: 9am ET | 8am CT | 7am MT | 6am PT
Sprints with Tanya on Zoom

Every Wednesday: 5:30am ET | 4:30am CT | 3:30am MT | 2:30am PT
Sprints with Cheryl on Zoom

Every Friday: 11am ET | 10am CT | 9am MT | 8apm PT
Sprints with Dayna on Zoom

Every Saturday: 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT
Sprints with Michelle on Zoom 

Want to run sprints at a different day/time? Let us know!

Upcoming Workshops

Invest in your own growth as a writer this year! Here is the lineup of workshops we have for February 2023. Members attend at a discounted price!

Workshop TrackCRW Member PriceNon-Member Price
General Track (Craft, Business)$20 CRW Member$30 Non-Member
Advanced Track$30 CRW Member$40 Non-Member
Members OnlyFREE for CRW MembersN/A

April 1 – 30
Add Conflict to Your Stories
Cassandra Carr

April 1 – 30
Digging Deep: Researching Your Novel
Cynthia Owens

April 8 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
How I Failed My Way to Six Figures
Ines Johnson

April 22 – 1 PM PST/2PM MST / 3 PM CST / 4 PM EST
Keys to Unlocking a Great First Chapter
Julia Cameron

Member New Releases

Have a new release? Share it on our site and in an upcoming Member Newsletter here, and be sure to take a look at all the new books from CRW members published in 2023.

Man's bare back in firefighter pants holding a hose with the title The Firefighter's Dilemma and author name Mariah ankenman Purple background

The Firefighter’s Dilemma

Author: Mariah Ankenman
Release Date: February 27, 2023
Author Websitehttps://mariahankenman.com/

Death’s Desire

Author: Raisa Greywood
Release Date: March 17, 2023
Author Websitehttps://raisagreywood.com

The Ex Spy Who Maybe Loved Me

Author: Christi Barth
Release Date: March 20, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.christibarth.com


Author: Teri Wilson
Release Date: March 28, 2023
Author Websitehttps://teriwilson.net


Author: Teri Wilson
Release Date: March 28, 2023
Author Websitehttps://teriwilson.net

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