New Scholarship Announced
Michael Larsen’s brother, Ray, recently passed away. Without the benefit of a high-school diploma, Ray built one of the best and most successful sales companies in the toy business; and became a producer of Broadway shows. He was always a supporter of Michael and Elizabeth’s efforts and enabled the conference to have a home. To honor his memory, the conference is offering a scholarship for a nonfiction book about innovative, socially responsible ways of doing business. To apply, please email Michael 250 words both about the book and yourself as an email letter, not an attachment, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael will mentor the winner.
The SFWC Student Scholarships
The SFWC is pleased to offer a limited number of one-day scholarships to San Francisco Bay Area high school students. The student scholarship winner must agree to be delivered by a parent or guardian to the Volunteer Coordinator in the volunteer room at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 16, and picked up by a parent or guardian at 6:00 pm that same day.
Students may apply for a scholarship by sending us a double-spaced, 250-word essay on why books and writing are important. We would also like a sample of the student’s work.
Send your essay and writing sample to SFWC Scholarships, 1029 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 or email it to Elizabeth Pomada at email@example.com. Please include the name and address of your high school, and a teacher contact. Additionally we need the student’s address, phone number and email address.
The deadline for submissions is January 2nd. Feel free to email questions to Elizabeth Pomada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see our past Scholarship Recipients
The directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference are proud to announce two more scholarship opportunities listed below*. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration for the conference. Travel and lodging will not be included.
Kathi Kamen Goldmark Memorial Scholarship*
In honor of our friend, board member, and musician-cheerleader Kathi Kamen Goldmark, we are offering a scholarship to the woman or man who would best “fit into Kathi’s boots.” Send an essay of up to 250 words to SFWriterscon@aol.com, telling us why music and writing are an important part of your life.
San Francisco Writers Conference Veterans Scholarship*
We will also award a scholarship to a veteran of any age, man or woman. Send an essay of up to 250 words or less to SFWriterscon@aol.com, telling us how writing can heal and offer hope to veterans.
The Kevin Smokler Scholarship
Write a 250-word article or story telling us why writing is important to you and/or why you want to write. Send submissions to Elizabeth Pomada at email@example.com. Winners will be selected by Elizabeth and Kevin. The prize is a registration to the Conference. Deadline for entries is January 12th, 2013.
The Bharti Kirchner- Ethnic Writing Scholarship
To enter, please send the first 5-8 double spaced pages of a novel-in-progress in which the protagonist is a person of ethnicity, living in either the U.S., or abroad, contemporary or historical. The manuscript must have a title. Also include a one-paragraph description of the work.
Submission guidelines: – send two email copies with no attachments, one to Bharti Kirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org and the other to Elizabeth Pomada at email@example.com. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
All submissions must be received by January 2, 2013. Please send questions to Elizabeth Pomada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Melody Lynd ‘Power of Spirituality’ Scholarship
Thanks to Dr. Lynd, there is a new scholarship available to the San Francisco Writers Conference. Dr. Lynd’s scholarship focuses on spirituality.
RULES and THEME: The rules are simple: Email a 250 word statement that expresses how your writing shares a message of spiritual awakening that empowers people and encourages respect for others through kindness.
HOW TO SUBMIT FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP: Send your scholarship application (the 250 word statement + contact info) as an email to: email@example.com. THE NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP YOU ARE APPLYING FOR MUST BE IN THE SUBJECT LINE! Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. While not required, you may also include a short bio or any other pertinent information.
DEADLINE: December 10th. Winners will be notified by December 30th.
QUESTIONS? Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org. The scholarship winner will receive a registration for the event—including all regularly scheduled sessions, keynotes and social events during the main conference from Thursday, February 14th through Sunday, February 17th. Also included are the Speed Dating for Agents session, two breakfasts, two lunches and the Opening Gala Any other food, lodging, transportation, or incidentals would be up to the winner. Decision of the judges, selected by SFWC, is final. If you have already registered for the event, the scholarship can be applied to a future San Francisco Writers Conference or San Francisco Writing for Change Conference.
The Dr. Ellen Taliaferro ‘Writing to Heal’ Scholarship
Long-time friend of the SFWC, Dr. Ellen Taliaferro, is once again offering a scholarship for the San Francisco Writers Conference.
Theme: Writing to Heal.
Rules: Your submission can be an essay, journal entry, or any piece of prose that explains how writing helped you or others ‘heal’. Dr. Taliaferro uses the Cami Walker story that lead to her book 29 Gifts (www.29gifts.org) and the classic, The Artist’s Way as examples. Entries must be submitted electronically, under four pages, and double-spaced. No poetry, please. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address on your entry. While not required, you may also include a short bio or any other pertinent information. Entries must be sent to Ellen Taliaferro MD at email@example.com with the name of the scholarship in the message line.
Deadline: December 10th, winners notified by Dec. 30th
More details: The scholarship winner will receive a registration for the event—including all regularly scheduled sessions, keynotes and social events during the main conference from Thursday, February 14th through Sunday, February 17th. Included are the Speed Dating for Agents session, two breakfasts, two lunches and the Opening Gala Any other food, lodging, transportation, or incidentals would be up to the winner. If the winner has already registered for the event, the scholarship can be applied to a future San Francisco Writers Conference or San Francisco Writing for Change Conference. (There is no cash value.) The decision of the judge(s) is final.
QUESTIONS? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship
The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship will award a registration scholarship to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-17, 2013. Scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include transportation, lodging, food (except what is included with registration) or speed dating with agents. The winner and runner ups (if any) will also receive a one year Sunshine membership to the San Francisco Writers University online community.
New in 2013: The winner will also receive a BookBaby standard eBook Publishing package ($149 value) generously donated by BookBaby.
Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract, and writing is not your primary occupation/supporting you. You know if you are emerging. This is for the many still struggling and dreaming.
Submission period is 1 September – 1 December, 2012.
Send three pages representative of your writing, plus a short essay not to exceed 500 words on the topic “I write because…” No identifying information should be on the writing sample or the short essay. In a sealed envelope place your cover letter with your name, mailing address, email, and a short Bio. Write only the title of your work and the genre on the outside of the envelope. Work will not be returned. Writers may enter more than one genre but should send separate entries. Any identifying information outside of the sealed envelope will disqualify your entry. This is a blind judged competition. If you’d like confirmation of receipt, include a self addressed stamped post card.
Mail your entry to: SFWC Scholarships C/O Hudson, PO box 387, Hayward, CA 94543 postmarked NLT 1 December 2012.
[ ] Essay 500 words or less, not in envelope.
[ ] Writing sample with title, no more than 3 pages, not in envelope.
[ ] Cover letter with name, mailing address, email, and short bio INSIDE sealed envelope.
[ ] Sealed envelope has genre and title of your work written on outside, nothing else.
[ ] No identifying information outside of the sealed envelope (SAS Postcard only exception).
[ ] Optional self addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of entry.
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Want to help others pursue a writing career? Now you can select the recipients of a scholarship to the SFWC that you create.We want to help as many writers attend the conference as possible, so we are offering a way for you to offer scholarships – in your name, your company’s name or anonymously. Each scholarship has a $1,000 value (cost of the event plus additional recognition for the recipient and you in the program.) Click here to see our Scholarship Donors!