Under certain circumstances of financial hardship, PDX Writers will occasionally offer reduced or waived workshop fees. These are generally granted only to writers who are current or past attendees our workshops, and each workshop must be approved prior to registering. If you feel you might qualify, email us with an explanation of your situation, as well as which workshop you want to attend.
Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarship
We are pleased to announce the opening of the application window for the Sept 2018-Feb 2019 scholarship.
PDX Writers offers a scholarship for the writer who is ready to take their writing and/or a specific project to the next level without financial constraint. The scholarship allows the writer to take free PDX Writers workshops within the six-month scholarship period. It includes all workshops and day long retreats (meals extra). Scholarships do not include weekend retreats, meals, or overnight stays at day long retreats.
Send a cover letter which addresses the following criteria:
Have written regularly in PDX Writers workshops;
Have a financial need that prevents you from engaging more fully;
Show a desire to deepen your writing practice through PDX Writers workshops;
Demonstrate a plan to fully engage in workshops during the 6-month scholarship
Include a five-page example of your writing.
If awarded, the writer will sign a contract stating they will fully participate in workshops during their scholarship tenure and complete a final report.
Writer will be required to send a final one to two-page report at the conclusion of the scholarship which examines the impact the workshops had on the writer/writing. The report can include writing samples in addition to the report.
DEADLINE: August 31, 2018. Scholarship begins on September 5, 2018 and run through February 28, 2018.
Previous Scholarship Winners
Cleo Hehn: March - August 2017 "The Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarship allowed me to focus on a writing project that had been in the back of my mind for a long time. During those six months I attended multiple workshops a week, immersing myself in my writing while also honing my techniques. I am so grateful to PDX Writers for this amazing opportunity."
Kriya Kaping: September 2017-February 2018
"The Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarshipwas instrumental in opening doors to my creative process that had been closed for too long. I was able to use the writing workshops during my scholarship residency to shakeout creativity, establish a writing routine, and stretch out those writing muscles to produce work that informed not only my prose, but was also used in my storytelling performances on stage. My time with PDX Writers has helped me fall more in love with the craft and feel more confident as a writer."
Susan Walters: March 2018- August 2018 "Thank you! My time as the recipient of the Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarship has ended. Attending the wide variety of workshops, retreats, and writing with others in community has been an honor. I have gained new skills and confidence in my ability to share my story in an entertaining and effective way."
The Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarship was founded in memory of two of our dedicated writers.Cecilie Scott, author of Knowing Bodies, wrote with PDX Writers for many years until her death in 2014. She travels in our hearts on each of our train retreats, since she never missed a one. Betsy Milligan was a collage artist who discovered her passion for writing in 2009 through PDX Writers and wrote with us until her death in 2014. If you’ve written in the PDX Writers Studio, you’ve seen her collage, entitled "Writers Island," displayed on the wall. We remember and honor both of these great writers with this scholarship.