Our SFWC Scholarships have no fees and all have a simple submission process.
All adult scholarships offer a full registration to the event…and some offer additional goodies.
Don’t need a scholarship? Please consider helping someone who does by donating to the ongoing SFWC Scholarship Fund.
You can contact Barbara Santos at email@example.com if you would like to create a scholarship of your own.
As scholarships for the San Francisco Writers Conference become available, they will be announced FIRST in the SFWC Newsletter.
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Now for something really new, creative, and exciting…We are delighted to announce The Blockchain and Crypto Currency Scholarship for the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference.
The benefactors of this scholarship are Jamie and Eli Potter, technology leaders at Autodesk and Coinbase. Autodesk generously matched Eli Potter’s contribution that created the scholarship.
2019 Blockchain and Crypto Currency Scholarship
Foretelling the impact Blockchain and crypto currency could have on writers and humanity in the future.
This scholarship will award a registration to the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference. You will also have the opportunity to meet Eli Potter, Senior Director at Coinbase and have a one-on-one hour-long conversation on any topic.
To help get started, read this great article to help you understand what blockchain is.
Read this blockchain article.
Selection will be made based on two pieces of writing as follows:
1. A brief (no longer than 500 word) essay on why you want to attend the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference and why you need the scholarship to make that possible.
2. A response (no more than 2000 words) to the prompt: Kate and Jacob stumble upon 50,000 Bitcoin while traveling to X country. They decide to use it to build Y, that would benefit Writers and the world in way Z.
- Entries must be submitted using the official online form. When you are ready, access the form and submit by clicking HERE.
If you have questions, you may ask Eli for clarification at firstname.lastname@example.org
- EACH page of your entry should have your name, email address and phone number on it. Before the blind judging begins, a number will be assigned to your entry and all contact information will be removed.
- The response/entry may take any form…including prose, essay, poetry, etc.. Be creative, courageous, and take risk with your response to the prompt. The judges are looking for depth, creativity, and true voice of the writer.
- DEADLINE TO RECEIVE ENTRIES–mailed or emailed–is December 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. Winner will be announced by December 28, 2018.
- There is no fee to enter this scholarship competition.
Again, the scholarship will award a registration to the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference. You can meet with Eli Potter, Sr. Director at Coinbase and have a one-on-one hour-long conversation on any topic at the conference.
If you win and are already registered for the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference, you may defer one of the registrations for a future San Francisco Writers Conference or gift it to anyone you choose. The scholarship covers the main San Francisco Writers Conference (including the included meals and social events during the event) but not lodging, transportation, add-on paid sessions/classes, or any incidentals. There is no cash value. Good luck!
The Director’s Scholarship
SFWC Director Laurie McLean is committed to giving diverse voices a chance to be heard. This scholarship pays for the full conference registration fee (not including travel or accommodations), plus breakfast with Laurie one day of the conference to discuss anything the winner chooses.
To enter, please write 500 words (or fewer) on why your writing, based on your personal experience as a member of a marginalized group, would be a great addition to the #ownvoices conversation. Examples of marginalized identities include racial minorities, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, and people with disabilities.
Laurie will make her selection based on the writing quality of the essay as well as the passion exhibited by the entrant.
Deadline for entries is December 31, 2018.
Please click here to upload your entry for the Director’s Scholarship before 5 p.m. Pacific time on 12/31/18.
The 2019 SFWC Student Scholarships for Bay Area High School Students
The SFWC is pleased to offer a limited number of one-day scholarships (for Saturday, February 16th) to San Francisco Bay Area high school students. As a way to encourage students to pursue a career in writing and publishing, they will get an insider’s look at the SFWC and meet presenters–authors, agents and book marketing professionals.
They will also get to attend any of the SFWC sessions they choose in areas of their particular writing interest. The student scholarship winner must agree to meet upon arrival with the SFWC Volunteer Coordinator in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 16. The SFWC events will end 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 Barbara Santos, SFWC Scholarships, P.O. Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561 or email it to Barbara Santos at email@example.com.
Please include the name and address of your high school. Additionally we need the student’s address, phone number and email address. The winning student’s parent or guardian must sign an SFWC liability waiver that can be emailed in advance. The deadline for submissions is January 1st. Feel free to email questions to Barbara Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This deadline has passed. The winner of the CATHERINE COULTER SCHOLARSHIP for the 2019 SFWC will be announced soon!
SFWC Keynoter and prolific bestselling novelist, Catherine Coulter, offered a scholarship to the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference. The winner will receive a full registration to the conference PLUS a tête-à-tête with Catherine at the event! (See details below.)
Here are the RULES:
Write a 1200 word (maximum) story based on Catherine’s trigger scenario:
You wake up in a strange room, all alone, and you have no recollection of how you got there.
Someone knocks on the door.
Your entry must be Fiction…and can be in any genre.
Your contact info—name, email address, phone number, and address—must be on the first page of the entry. (The judges will not see this info.)
Entry must be submitted using the official online form. When you are ready, access the form and submit by clicking HERE. There is NO FEE to enter this scholarship competition!
Deadline: Entry must be received by November 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. The winner of the scholarship will be notified before the end of November. A selection committee of SFWC presenters will narrow down the entries. Catherine will read and select the winner from the top five (5) entries.
What this scholarship includes:
Full registration to the main conference from February 14-17, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.
Once at the event, Catherine will meet with the winner for a brief tête-à-tête during the conference! (Logistics to be confirmed once the winner is selected.) Does not include transportation or lodging, meals other than those included at the event, or any paid add-ons such as Master Classes, Speed Dating and/or paid consults. There is no monetary value and if the winner is already registered, the prize can be gifted to anyone they choose for 2019 or rolled over for the winner to the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference.
Good luck! If you have questions, send an email to email@example.com.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE WINNERS OF SCHOLARSHIPS FROM 2018!
From left top: Susan Tunney, Kate Farrell (SFWC Children’s Special Event Coordinator), Vicki Hudson. Bottom row: Jean Stillwell, Vickie Luo, Vidhima Shetty, Aashna Avachat, and children’s author Mitali Perkins.
The 2018 Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship Awarded to Susan Tunney.
2018 Vicki Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship Awarded to Jean Stillwell
If you want to donate to the SFWC Scholarship fund, click here.
Want to start a scholarship in your own name and with your own guidelines? You can help other talented writers 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.
The cost of a named scholarship is $1,000. You may be as involved as you like–choosing the theme, setting the rules and selecting the winner(s). Or you can give us guidelines and we will do the work! Each scholarship has a $1,250 value (cost of the event plus additional recognition for the recipient and you in the program.) Click here to see other Scholarship Donors! To talk about creating a new scholarship, you can contact Barbara Santos.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!