Financial assistance is available for all writers’ workshops.
Please note: Applications are currently closed. We have postponed all workshops until 2022.
Financial assistance scholarships are available to those who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. We aim to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend.
Scholarship recipients receive partial or full fee waivers (up to $600) to our Writers’ Workshop Program. Limited financial assistance to offset lodging costs is also available. Priority will be given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.
Spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship winners and financial aid recipients. If you would like to apply for financial aid and a workshop is listed as full, please do not be deterred.
Please review the checklist below. When you are ready to apply, complete the application form and upload the required documents via Submittable.
In order to safeguard the health of our community during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Writers’ Workshop Program has been postponed until January 2022.
We encourage writers of all levels and abilities to apply for financial assistance scholarships. We aim to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Priority is given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.
How to Apply for Financial Assistance
Financial assistance applicants must complete a single scholarship application via Submittable, which will include the materials required for the workshop(s) you hope to participate in. All required materials are listed below:
Financial Assistance Application Requirements:
a. Scholarship request letter: In approximately 750 words, please tell us about yourself as a reader and writer, how you heard about the Workshop Program, and why you would like to attend. Please tell us about your financial situation and whether or not you would be able to attend without our support.
b. Workshop required materials: Review the course description for the workshop(s) you wish to participate in and prepare any and all required materials. You will then upload these as part of the application. Please note: when applying for aid for a Mixed Levels workshop, we request a writing sample; please upload a sample that best reflects your work (up to five pages).
You may apply for up to two workshops, indicating a first choice and second choice. If you are applying for two workshops, you may use the same writing sample for both workshops if you wish.
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.
Priority Deadline – not applicable
The priority deadline for Workshop Financial Assistance is July 31, 2020. After that date, we accept applications on a rolling basis and continue to offer aid as long as funding remains available. Applying by the priority deadline increases your chance of receiving aid.
Please note that applying for financial assistance to participate in one of our workshops is an “all or nothing” proposition. If your application is approved, you will be accepted into the workshop and you will receive an offer of financial aid. However, if your application is denied, you will not have the opportunity to participate in the workshop, even if you decide you are able to pay the normal enrollment fee. If you can afford to attend the workshop without aid, please apply using the standard application. Only two spots in each workshop are reserved for scholarship recipients, so applying for aid is much more competitive.