Grants & Scholarships

2019 Grants & Scholarships

As part of this mandate, in 2019, the WCDR is continuing a granting and scholarship program for its members, partially funded in past years through donations by the Mark Cullen family, contributing members of the WCDR family (Inkslingers, Writescape, The Writing Fairy), and the Pay It Forward program.

The deadline for submission is April 30th, 2019 at midnight.

About the contributors

About Mark Cullen and the Len Cullen Scholarship:

Mark Cullen is Canada’s best known gardener connecting with over one million Canadians weekly through his many varied media outlets. Whether it is through his weekly CTV morning show segment, his many on-line postings or his numerous books, his personable style and topical information has captivated audiences and continued to garner him fans across Canada.Mark is president of Mark’s Choice Ltd., a horticultural communications and marketing company.

About Inkslingers:

Inkslingers is the name for the many ways that Susan Lynn Reynolds and James Dewar (both Past Presidents of the WCDR) contribute to the success of any writers who wish to develop their skills. Whether it’s workshops, retreats, mentorships, self-publishing guidance, or any other form of assistance, James and Sue make a difference. James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds have more than 25 years of teaching experience between them.

What James and Sue have to say about their contribution to the WCDR Grants & Scholarships program:

Both of us attend as many workshops as we can. The search for great ideas and inspirational leadership is one half of the teaching experience. The other half is the enthusiasm that we take from our own learning, and apply to our teaching. Attending a workshop or retreat is a gift that writers give themselves for having the courage to share their work with others. We want to help others experience those “aha!” moments too!

About Writescape:

Experience a customized escape into the art and craft of writing with Writescape. From all-inclusive weekend retreats to one-day workshops, Writescape focuses on your needs as a writer. Let award-winning writers Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth E. Walker help you escape to write.

What Ruth and Gwynn have to say about their contribution to the WCDR Grants & Scholarships program:

Both of us have benefited from receiving grants and understand the difference it can make in a writer’s life and career. More than money to help us take courses on technique or attend a life-changing retreat or conference, a grant is an emotional nod that says, “Yes, I’m a writer!” We are delighted to be part of the WCDR scholarship program.



What Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, has to say about her contribution to the WCDR Grants & Scholarships program:

I have been attending and presenting at writing workshops and events across North America for more than 20 years, and I can truly say we have world-class presenters right here at home. I have benefited a lot from these opportunities, and I think it’s great that WCDR is making scholarships available to members so they can expand their experiences, knowledge base and skills by doing the same.

Thinking of applying

If you want to be considered for some well-deserved funds to help you in your writing career, fill out the on-line application and tell us where you are on your writing path and how we can help you enhance your craft and reach your writing goals. Be specific. Be concise. If you’re a beginner, say so. If you’re struggling with a certain aspect of your development, we want to hear what’s on your mind. And then, demonstrate what you can do in a five-page writing sample.

Why the writing prompt?

In past years, adjudicators found it difficult to assess writing samples side-by-side when some had been relatively raw, and others had been professionally edited and sometimes published. It made it even more difficult when there was no common thread of creativity to follow. In an effort to give each applicant an equal chance at impressing the judges, we now start everyone on the same page.

Take the picture prompt below, interpret it as you wish, and let it carry you in whichever creative direction the wind blows. Fiction. Non-fiction. Memoir. Write the best five-page prose sample you can, and then polish and proofread it yourself. We want to see what you can do.

The ranking system the screening committee will be using has been designed to ensure that regardless of whether you are one of our seasoned writers wanting to continue to grow, or a new or developing writer still blossoming, everyone has an equal chance at earning a scholarship or grant.

So, grab your notebook or sink into your chair and start typing. We look forward to reading how we can help enhance our members’ craft.

Submission Guidelines

Samples must be five pages, uploaded via the application submission form, in a standard industry format: .doc or .docx, 8.5″ x 11″ pages, 1-inch margins all around, double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font.

Any sample which does not arrive in the correct format will be rejected.  

For additional guidelines, please go to the 2019 Grants and Scholarships Application.

Remember: It doesn’t cost you anything to apply, but it could cost you if you don’t.

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2019 Grants & Scholarships Application