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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 demonstrate financial need. 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 lodging, food, and a modest stipend for retreat-related expenses.

The application deadline has passed.​ We will notify applicants of our decision by September 5.​

The retreat may sell out before final scholarship decisions are made. We encourage applicants who may have another source of funding to reserve a paid space now to guarantee a spot at the retreat. If you are awarded a scholarship, the paid reservation can be canceled. (Please review Esalen’s cancellation policy here.)

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