2015 Grants & Scholarships Winners Announced
The WCDR board would like to send out both our thanks and congratulations to all those who participated in the 2015 Grants and Scholarship initiative. Thanks in part to the generous donations from Mark Cullen, Writescape, and Terry Fallis, the time spent by our judges, last Saturday we gave away $2600 to our members.
Congratulations go out to: Karen Principato, Heather Hamilton-Senter, Maaja Wentz, Ben McColm, Maureen Curry, Ann Dulhanty, Laure Baudot, Lisa Reynolds-Jones, Barbara Baker and Dawn Brown.
If you applied and didn’t receive an award this year, don’t give up. The 2016 Grants and Scholarships will come around sooner than you think. Congratulations again.
Do you have a big conference or retreat on the 2014 horizon? Have you ever wished you had that extra bit of money so you could take a few courses? Maybe your manuscript is ready to be edited, or submitted and you’re finding the costs prohibitive? Would some WCDR grant money help?
The mission of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) is to encourage writers at all levels of their development by offering opportunities for support, education and networking, and to promote the value of writers and writing.
The Results Are In!
The WCDR board would like to send out both our thanks and congratulations to all those who participated in the 2014 Grants and Scholarship initiative this spring. Thanks in part to the generous donations from Mark Cullen, Inkslingers and Writescape, and the time spent by our judges, last Saturday we gave away $3625 to our members.
CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO:
Jessica Moore, Len Cullen grant $500
Sandra Clarke, WCDR grant $500
Kate Arms-Roberts, WCDR grant $500
Gwynn Scheltema, Len Cullen grant $250
Kate Marshall Flaherty, Inklingers grant $250
Vicki Pinkerton, Len Cullen grant $250
Heidi Croot,WCDR grant $250
Anna Gersman,WCDR grant $250
Jay Stewart, WCDR grant $250
Sylvia Chiang, Pay it Forward scholarship $250
Corey MacLean,Pay it Forward scholarship $150
Connie Di Pietro-Sparacino, Writescape Scholarship $125
Elaine Cougler, Pay it Forward $100
If you applied and didn’t receive an award this year, don’t give up. The 2015 Grants and Scholarships will come around sooner than you think.
It doesn’t cost you anything to apply, but it could cost you if you don’t.
From the 2013 Grants & Scholarships recipients…
Your scholarship allowed me to attend ‘Writing the Breakout Novel 2.0,’ a weeklong program featuring top literary agent Donald Maass. At this workshop, I found answers to questions of craft that had been holding my manuscript back. This was a life-changing event for me, and, as a young writer with limited resources, I would never have been able to attend without your assistance. The organization’s generosity has helped me progress to a new level of craft, focus and professional experience, and I hope its members and especially its Board know how very grateful I am. ~ Anne MacLachlan
I want to thank the WCDR for the scholarship I received—it was greatly appreciated. I used the money to help fund my trip to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) annual conference in Los Angeles. I have been a member of both the WCDR and SCBWI for approximately the same amount of time and both organizations have enriched me immensely. I had actually won a scholarship to the conference from the Fairy Godsisters Ink’s poetry contest, but that money only covered the conference and the hotel. The WCDR scholarship went towards my flight and without it, the conference would have been an onerous expense for me and my family. ~ Heather Senter
Receiving the Len Cullen Scholarship this year has assisted me in furthering my writing career in three ways: First, it has helped to subsidize the cost of research materials. My historical fiction work focuses primarily on fifth-century Britain. Much of the information needed to accurately portray this period is found in academic books. Second, receiving the Len Cullen Scholarship has made it possible for me to obtain memberships in additional organizations. Finally, I have set aside a portion of the funds received to compensate someone to assist in compiling submission packages. Thank you so much for making it possible for me to continue to improve my craft. ~ Susan Croft
I applied to the 2013 WCDR Grants & Scholarships with the intent on applying for a costly writing retreat, with a writing conference as back-up if my application to the retreat wasn’t successful. Turns out I was accepted as a fellow of the 2013 Lambda Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices in Los Angeles. I was able to workshop my manuscript with a group of talented queer writers from around the world, with an author I admire as my workshop faculty. This was an incredible opportunity for me, allowing me to connect with other queer writers, which is something I just don’t get to do within my writing community. The price tag for this opportunity was quite high and I’m extremely grateful to the WCDR for awarding me a $500 scholarship to put toward it. I gain a lot from being a WCDR member, and being supported financially to seek new opportunities for growth as a writer is a huge bonus. ~ M-E Girard
Two conferences came immediately to mind: The Ontario Writers’ Conference and CANSCAIP’S Packaging Your Imagination. I took the first step on this long creative journey by applying for a WCDR grant. In March, I received my acceptance email. As fellow writers, you will understand the feelings that flooded me. Someone out there thought that I had promise as a writer! I decided to attend both conferences, using the WCDR scholarship funds to lighten the financial load. I would like to thank WCDR for the experiences that the grant allowed me to pursue. I know that I have grown in my craft and I received the motivation to go on to complete my Great Canadian Novel. ~ Maureen Curry