Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wyoming Writers, Inc., and Bearlodge Writers offer conference scholarship in Gaydell Collier's name

Not too early to contemplate summer arts events....

Wyoming Writers, Inc., holds its 40th anniversary conference June 6-8 in Sheridan. It's a terrific writers' conference, one I've been attending for more than 20 years.

How does a mostly volunteer-run organization persevere for four decades? The passion of its members -- writers and poets and memoirists and children's book authors and mystery writers and digital scribes and so on. Attendees get tons of good advice and have a great time in the bargain. Sheridan is home to an energetic group of writers and was the site of the first WWInc conference.

WWInc has traditionally offered conference scholarships. Now there's a new one. WWInc board member and Bearlodge Writers member Andi Hummel provides the details:
A founding member of both Wyoming Writers, Inc., and Bearlodge Writers (BLW), Gaydell Collier’s dedication to the craft of writing and her encouragement to writers of all ages buoyed many people for many years. 
Bearlodge Writers, with the gracious approval of the Collier family, is honored to remember Gaydell by offering a scholarship in her name for the upcoming WWInc conference. Keeping Gaydell’s generosity in mind, we hope this scholarship will prove an encouragement and help its winner to grow and become the best writer he, or she, can be.  
The Gaydell Collier Memorial Scholarship (GCMS) will be awarded for the first time at the 2014 WWInc conference to be held in Sheridan, Wyoming, June 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The GCMS is open to any writer wishing to apply (BLW members are not eligible) and will include a full conference fee, a one-year membership to WWInc, and a $200 stipend. BLW will pay the registration and membership fee directly to WWInc, and award the stipend to the recipient at the conference. The recipient’s name will be publicized.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants are expected to follow a few simple guidelines. In a maximum of 250 words, answer this question, “How will attending the Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference propel you forward as a writer?” The author’s response must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in Times New Roman font, size 12, on one side of one sheet of 8.5” X 11” white paper. Name, address, email address, and phone number should appear at the top of the page. Submissions should be mailed to Bearlodge Writers, P. O. Box 204, Sundance, WY 82729-0204, and postmarked no later than March 1, 2014.

The GCMS recipient and one alternate — chosen should the initial recipient be unable to attend the conference — will be notified on or slightly before April 21.

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