Fewer than thirteen days remain to meet the priority deadline for applications to our Scholarship Program.
Teachers, librarians, and writers who would not otherwise be able to attend the seminar and/or writers’ workshop program are urged to apply now for financial assistance. We are looking for applicants whose professional roles and personal skills allow them to have a positive impact upon readers of all ages; and for emerging writers committed to improving their craft among our literary community in Key West.
Dynamic writers who possess the voice, skill, and poise to succeed at the national level are also urged to apply for one of our named awards. Winners of the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Marianne Russo Award receive full tuition to our January seminar and workshop program, round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging, financial support for living expenses while in Key West, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.
All financial assistance applications received by the priority deadline of June 30 will receive equal consideration. Thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until funds/space are depleted. Award applicants interested in financial assistance as a ‘backup plan’ are also urged to apply by the priority deadline of June 30.
The KWLS Scholarship Program aims to nourish a vibrant literary culture by providing support to teachers and librarians while promoting the work of new voices in American literature. We are enormously grateful to Judy Blume’s KIDS Fund; Joyce Horton Johnson; Holly Merrill and the Dogwood Foundation; and Peyton Evans and the Rodel Foundation. Thanks to their generosity we have provided support to more than 275 individuals with nearly $250,000 in fee waivers and lodging and travel assistance.