Scholarships for 2018

Several scholarships were available for this year’s event.  All are being judged right now. 
Check back to see the winners and–later this year–to enter the 2019 SFWC Scholarships.  

Here are the 2017 scholarships winners!

Our SFWC Scholarships have no fees and all have a simple submission process. All offer a full registration to the event. 
 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 barbara@sfwriters.org if you would like to create a scholarship of your own.

As scholarships for the San Francisco Writers Conference become available, it is announced FIRST in the SFWC Newsletter.  You can subscribe to the free SFWC Newsletter by using the form on the right.  It will allow you the maximum amount of time to work on your entry!

 

The 2018 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 17th) 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 InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 17. 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 barbara@sfwriters.org.  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 barbara@sfwriters.org.


The 2018 Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship 

Essay Theme: The Benefits of Forgiveness 

Rules: Entries can be submitted electronically, no more than 500 words in the essay, and double-spaced.   Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address on your entry…along with a short bio or any other pertinent information you want to share. 
   Entries can be sent to Barbara Santos at Barbara@sfwriters.org with the name of the scholarship and your name in the message line. (Example: Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship – JK Rowling.) If you prefer to MAIL your entry, send it to: SFWC Dr. T Scholarship, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561
   Judges will narrow down entries to the top five, and Dr. Taliaferro will select the winner. There is no fee to enter. By entering you grant permission for SFWC to use your likeness and samples of your entry for promotional purposes.
Deadline: December 15th.  Winners will be notified by Jan. 5th
More details:  The scholarship winner will receive a registration for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference event—including all regularly scheduled sessions, keynotes and social events during the main conference from Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 18th. 
THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A CONSULTATION WITH A LITERARY AGENT based on the best fit for the winners writing goals.  Also included is the Speed Dating for Agents session during the San Francisco Writers Conference.  Food, lodging, transportation, SFWC Master Classes or incidentals are not included.  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. It may also be gifted to someone else. (There is no cash value.)  The decision of the judge(s) is final. QUESTIONS?  Contact ellent@mac.com or Barbara at barbara@sfwriters.org  


Vicki Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship

We are delighted to once again offer The Vicki Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship, which will award a registration to the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference to an emerging writer, any genre.

Selection will be made based upon the submitted response to the prompt: Why I write.

Be creative, courageous, and take risk with your response. The judges are looking for honesty, depth, creativity, and true voice of the writer.

  • The response/entry may take any form…including prose, essay, poetry, etc..
  • Word length for your response to the prompt is no more than 600 words.
  • If you wish, you may also submit no more than 3 pages of representative work in your primary genre. Be sure to cite the genre with the title of the piece.
  • Each page of your entry should have the name of the scholarship, 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 by SFWC.
  • DEADLINE TO RECEIVE ENTRIES–mailed or emailed–is January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Send the entry to barbara@sfwriters.org with the message line: Vicki Hudson Scholarship followed by your name
If you prefer you can mail the entry to: SFWC Victoria Hudson Scholarship, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

If you win and are already registered for the 2018 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 2018 Ray Larsen Scholarship

Michael Larsen’s brother, Ray, without the benefit of a high-school diploma, 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 epml@aol.com. Michael will mentor the winner. Submission deadline is December 15th 2017. Travel and lodging will not be included.  


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.