Writers' Resort Scholarship

For: Broadkill Writers' Resort
Milton, DE
Organizer: Jennifer Barnes
Writers' Resort Scholarship (Broadkill Writers' Resort)
of $700 goal.
Raised by 7 donors
40% Complete

The Story

Support an author, give them the space to write in a place that inspires. Every little bit helps!

Writers need to be nurtured, good writing takes time and effort. Our consumer culture has assured that we're all experienced buyers and collectors but few resources go towards inspiring and encouraging creators. Sometimes a place free of distractions, designed for thought and inspiration, is the perfect thing to jumpstart a creative project. The Broadkill Writers' Resort scholarship is a conscious investment in dreams and people. We believe art in all its forms is essential for a meaningful life and want to support the creative process.

How it Works

The rolling scholarship is an important part of our Broadkill Writers' Resort venture. In addition to running workshops and hosting writers through rentals we also want to provide a chance to stay and write for free. The number of writers who can benefit will depend on the funds raised.

For each $700 donated we'll be able to host a writer for a free weeklong stay. We spent a long time trying to decide how to award the scholarships. It could be based on the merit of a writing project, essay, sample work or financial need. But we really didn't like the idea of having to choose one person over another. Instead we will be consulting with the donors and supporters to decide.

The current scholarship will be for a week starting on Friday, January 8th or Friday, January 22nd. The recipient can stay as long as they like up to the morning of the following Friday but does not have to stay the whole time. More than one person can stay at a time.

The recipient will be required to sign an agreement not to damage the property. They will also be asked to compose a short statement about the benefits of their stay and any tips for others to be used on the Resort's website.

Why a Writers' Resort?

For as long as we've been involved in publishing we've been interested in creating a community and inspiring authors to do their best. And although we've built a strong virtual network we've found that in-person experiences make the most deeply lasting impressions. From attending conventions, arranging book signings and author events, hosting our own DogCon (now in its fifth year) and running a couple of weekend retreats we've learned how to create lasting bonds, memories and endless opportunities for creativity. So when the opportunity arose to make a permanent creative destination we jumped at it.

The Broadkill Writers' Resort is a house one block from the beach in a small beach community in Delaware adjacent to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Who We Are

Raw Dog Screaming Press is an independent publishing company in its twelfth year of business. We have worked with both established and new authors, including 15 debut books. Our focus is bringing into print the passion projects and labors of love that other publishers shy away from.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 8, 2015

Posted on December 8, 2015

Thanks to some great supporters the scholarship is just about 30% funded. We figure that's enough to send one writer's left leg to the Broadkill Writing Resort. But we really were hoping to send a whole body. In the meantime we did do a overnight test run. Our guinea pigs, Chris Stout and Rachell Nichole certainly seemed to enjoy themselves and pronounced the place fit for public consumption. While we have lots of plans for further "writerizing" the place they both agreed it was ready for some serious word-count work. Read the blog post about our first weekend over at BroadkillResort.com.

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