workshop financial assistance

Financial assistance scholarships are available to writers who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. We hope 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 will receive partial or full fee waivers to our Writers’ Workshop Program (up to $600). Limited financial assistance to offset lodging costs is also available. Priority will be given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.

Please review the checklist below. When you are ready to apply, complete the application form and upload the required documents via Submittable.


How to Apply for Financial Assistance:

Financial assistance applicants must complete a single scholarship application via Submittable, which will include the material(s) required for the workshop(s) you hope to participate in — see kwls.org/writers_workshops. 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. For Mixed Levels workshops that do not require an advanced submission, please upload a writing 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.

c. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.


Priority Deadline:

We are now accepting financial assistance applications. We will begin reviewing aid applications after the priority deadline of August 13, 2018. We will continue to accept aid applications on a rolling basis and will award financial assistance as long as funds are available.

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 financial aid recipients, so applying for aid is much more competitive.


Application Link:

Apply via Submittable