GREENSBORO—Thanks to a generous but anonymous matching donor, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will provide new More Seats Scholarships to allow writers from underserved communities to attend the NCWN 2019 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 27, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Each More Seat scholarship (as in, “More Seats at the Table”) will cover the full cost of conference registration, including a Lunch with an Author session at midday, as well as one year of Network membership—a total value of nearly $200.
The anonymous donor behind the More Seats scholarship fund will match donations up to $750.
“The more donations we receive, the more scholarships we will provide,” NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern said. “Even us writer types can do math that simple.”
The goal of the More Seats Scholarships is to encourage beginning writers from underserved communities who may not have found a place at the proverbial literary table.
“The donor wants to celebrate and amplify new North Carolina voices,” Southern said. “They especially encourage writers from rural counties, writers of color, and LGBTQ+ writers to apply.”
Selection criteria will focus on commitment to writing rather than degrees or publications.
“In a way, we’re looking for writers who are going to keep writing, whether or not they get this scholarship,” Southern said. “We hope, though, that those who do get these scholarships will get a little boost from it—in training, in inspiration and encouragement, in exposure to the literary community, in the literary community’s exposure to them and their work.”
The NCWN 2019 Spring Conference will begin with a keynote address by poet and North Carolina Award winner Michael McFee. Classes, workshops, and readings will round out the day. The faculty includes music writer Eddie Huffman; authors Joseph Mills and Krystal A. Smith; poets Amy Catanzano and Ashley Lumpkin; and more.
The subject line should specify the applicant’s interest in a More Seats Scholarship. Questions should be sent to that e-mail address, as well.
The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, April 5.
For more information about the NCWN 2019 Spring Cconference, and to register, click here.