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.
This session's scholarship, running September 2017 through February 2018, has been awarded. Please see requirements below.
The Cecilie Scott – Betsy Milligan Memorial Scholarship
PDX Writers introduces a new 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 unlimited PDX Writers workshops within the six-month scholarship period.
Send a cover letter which addresses the following criteria
Must be a current PDX Writers workshop attendee;
Have a financial need that prevents them from engaging more fully;
Show desire for deepening their writing practice through PDX Writers workshops;
Indicate which workshops writer would attend.
Include a five-page example of your writing.
If awarded, 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 15, 2017. Scholarships begin on September 1, 2017 and run through February 28, 2018. They include all workshops and day long retreats. Scholarships do not include weekend retreats, meals, or overnight stays at day long retreats. Send you entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our First Scholarship Winner, Cleo Hehn
We are pleased to announce the winner of the first Cecilie Scott-Betsy Milligan Scholarship, Cleo Hehn. Cleo has been a regular workshop participant with PDX Writers since its founding in 2008. If you’ve ever come to Saturday drop-ins, chances are you’ve written with her and her mother Amy.
Cleo is a Portland-based visual artist and writer with a bachelor of arts from Lake Forest College (2013), where she studied abstract drawing and public sculpture. She currently works for McMenamins Pubs, Breweries, and Historic Hotels as a decorative painter. A lifelong vegetarian, much of her creative work is motivated by the relationships and conflicts between human and non-human beings, and by the systems designed to organize, contain, and explain what cannot be fully controlled or understood. Congratulations, Cleo!
Congratulations to our first scholarship winner, Cleo Hehn.
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 the collage she made especially for us hanging on the wall above the couch. She titled it “Writer’s Island.” We remember and honor both of these great writers with this scholarship.