My friend Alethea Kontis, author of many books, is doing an online writing workshop just for teens next month.
Because I’m helping her run it, and because I think it is a wonderful opportunity for young aspiring authors, I decided to sponsor a partial scholarship for teen writers of color. I tweeted that yesterday afternoon. As of now (about 24 hours or so), so many other people have offered to contribute to that pool we now have 3 fully funded scholarships for teens of color, 1 full scholarship for a Black teen author, and 2 full scholarships open to any teen. And that’s just for right now.
Depending on the number of scholarship applications and non-scholarship registrations, we might open up a second section of the class. Alethea will definitely offer the workshop again later this year, so some of the existing scholarship money may roll over into that.
Here’s how to apply for a scholarship for the April class:
- Write a short essay (up to 250 words) on why you want to be a writer.
- Send the short essay to me via the contact form below. Also include your name, email, and which scholarship you’re applying for: Writer of Color, Black writer, or Open Scholarship. Black teens my apply to both the first and second scholarship.
- Deadline for this is midnight Pacific on March 17th. We will pick recipients by March 19th.
Keep in mind that if you apply and get the scholarship, you must have a story ready by March 31. Click here for details on that and the class schedule.
Scholarship Application Form
These scholarships are sponsored by:
- Justina Ireland
- Multiple anonymous donors
- A big thank you to all the folks who offered money for this! We didn’t even ask, folks just said they wanted to make the workshop more accessible. You are all wonderful people.[↩]