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Scholarship Application Instructions
Ginny Rorby Scholarship
New this year, the Ginny Rorby Scholarship is offered for a writer working on Middle Grade or Young Adult fiction or nonfiction, who has a manuscript in progress that reflects literary quality and social significance.
Ginny Rorby, award-winning author of novels including Hurt Go Happy, The Outside of a Horse, Dolphin Sky, How to Speak Dolphin and Lost in the River of Grass, is a long time board member and former director of the Conference and wants to pay it forward to aspiring writers who are not afraid to tackle big issues in their writing for young people. Follow the application guidelines at “Ginny Rorby Scholarship Guidelines”.
Carmen Gabriela Etcheberry-Freund Memorial Fellowship
This scholarship is offered to an applicant, or applicants of limited means at least 60 years old who resides on the Mendocino Coast (Westport to Gualala and inland to the Anderson Valley). It honors the late Carmen Gabriela Etcheberry-Freund's enthusiasm for, and support, of the writers conference and writing in general, and is donated by her family. The scholarship is for the partial support of $250 to two applicants, but in exceptional circumstances, a full-fee conference scholarship may be granted.
Mary Bradish O'Connor Memorial Scholarship
The Mary Bradish O'Connor Memorial Scholarship is offered to talented women writers at least 60 years of age who reside anywhere. The award provides partial support of $250 to two applicants, but in exceptional circumstances, a full-fee conference scholarship may be granted. The award does not cover travel or lodging.
Suzanne Byerley Memorial Scholarship
The Suzanne Byerley Memorial Scholarship is awarded on the merit and promise of the submitted manuscript and need. The scholarship is offered to applicants of any age, living anywhere in the world. However, if you received an MCWC scholarship in the past three years you are not eligible. The award provides partial support of $250 to two applicants. In exceptional circumstances a full conference scholarship may be awarded.
Friends of MCWC Scholarships
Donations from Friends of Mendocino Coast Writers Conference provide MCWC Scholarships for writers of all ages. Awards are made on the basis of merit and need. Typically MCWC Scholarships provide partial support of $250 to several applicants, but full fees for one writer could be paid in exceptional circumstances.
If you can help support our scholarship and fellowship programs, please contact the MCWC director at firstname.lastname@example.org.