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Scholarships for Emerging Writers

This experience was priceless. I look back at it as a defining moment in my writing life.

— Amy Clay, scholarship recipient

Our retreat scholarships are awarded to emerging writers who would not otherwise be able to attend. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend writing workshops, get to know editorial staff and Sun readers, and meet one-on-one with founder and editor Sy Safransky.

We are open to candidates from all walks of life. Previous recipients include a monk, a sex worker, a cancer survivor, a racial-justice activist, a journalist, and a former inmate. Our aim is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. Writers of color are especially encouraged to apply.

Scholarships include room, board, and a modest stipend for retreat-related expenses.

Click here to apply for a scholarship for our Wildacres retreat in Little Switzerland, NC. The application deadline is April 6; applicants will be notified of our decision on April 16. (Wildacres event details are available here.)

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The application window for our Esalen retreat will open May 1, 2018.