Writers’ Conference Scholarships

Writers' scholarships in New JerseySeveral scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 22nd Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 16-19, 2015, at the Jersey Shore. Recipients may choose from 16 workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and more. In addition to workshops, the conference also offers craft talks, one-on-one tutorials, a featured reading, open mics, yoga and dancing at the Getaway Disco.

We have two different categories of scholarships available:

  • The Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship offers a place to two poets or writers age 31 and over. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014.
  • The Jan-ai Scholarship will fund two poets or writers between the ages of 18 – 30. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014.

“It was great to spend so much time around other writers, make connections and get work done. My workshop really energized me and made me excited to go home and get to work on my book.”
~ Travis, Philadelphia, PA, Jan-ai Scholarship recipient

Scholarship applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1, 2014. 

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Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship (For individuals 31 and over)

Toni Brown Scholarship logoThe Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life of Winter Getaway Poetry Faculty Member Toni Brown and commemorates her untimely death. Funded by our faculty and staff, it offers places for two poets or writers age 31 and over to attend the 2015 Getaway.

First Place
This scholarship covers tuition and a double room package (3 nights accommodation in a shared room, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner). The recipient will only need to pay for transportation and other dinners.

Second Place
This scholarship covers tuition. The recipient will need to pay for a room package, transportation and other dinners.

Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship Application

A panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selections based on a combination of merit and need. There is a $5 application fee to help offset the cost of administering the scholarship. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 15, 2014.

Scholarship applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1, 2014.

“Peter – I’m in awe of the community you’ve fostered here. The Winter Getaway has kick-started my writing for the new year. I’m already looking forward to next year!”
~ Helen, Haddon Heights, NJ, Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship recipient

 

Jan-ai Scholarship (For individuals 30 and under)

Jan-ai Scholarship logoThe Jan-ai Scholarship commemorates the life and untimely death of young writer, poet and photographer, Jennifer Cakert (1980 – 2006). Funded by the Jan-ai Scholarship Fund and Murphy Writing Seminars, it offers places for two poets or writers between the ages of 18 – 30 to attend the 2015 Getaway.

Recipients may choose from 16 workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and more. In addition to workshops, the three-day conference also offers open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie.

Two Full Scholarships Available
Each scholarship covers tuition, a triple room package (3 nights accommodation in a shared room with 2 other individuals, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner). The recipients will only need to pay for transportation and other dinners.

Jan-ai Scholarship Application

A panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selections based on a combination of merit and need. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2015.

Scholarship applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1, 2014.

“This was possibly the best weekend I’ve had since my wedding. I learned more, wrote more and most importantly wrote *better* in two and a half days than I had at other retreats and conferences that were over a week long.”
~ Carolyne, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan-ai Scholarship recipient

 

About the Funders

Jan-ai Scholarship logoJan-ai Scholarship Fund

The Jan-ai Scholarship Fund commemorates the life and untimely death of young writer, poet and photographer, Jennifer Cakert (1980 – 2006).

Toni Brown Scholarship logoToni Brown Memorial Scholarship

The Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life of Winter Getaway Poetry Faculty Member Toni Brown and commemorates her untimely death. Support for this scholarship is provided by the faculty and staff of the Winter Getaway.

Murphy Writing logoMurphy Writing

Murphy Writing, the Winter Getaway’s parent company, offers challenging and supportive workshops and resources for poets, writers and teachers.

 

Previous Recipients

Congratulations to our previous scholarship recipients:

2014 – 100 applications considered
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place -Lori Lamothe, a poet from Templeton, MA
Second Place - TM de Vos, a writer from Oakland Township, MI
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Caits Meissner, a poet from New York, NY
Second Place - Sara Graybeal, a writer from Philadelphia, PA

2013 – 89 applications considered
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place - Kelly McQuain, a poet from Philadelphia, PA
Second Place - Helen Cooke, a writer from Haddon Heights, NJ
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Travis DuBose, a writer from Philadelphia, PA
Second Place - Carolyne Whelan, a poet from Pittsburgh, PA

2012
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place - Daniel Wallace, a writer from Philadelphia, PA
Second Place - Elizabeth H. Barbato, a poet from Highland Park, NJ
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Cate Stevens-Davis, a writer from Pittsburgh, PA
Second Place - Erika Jeffers, a poet from New York, NY

2011
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place - Amy Small-McKinney, a poet from Blue Bell, PA
Second Place - Candace Stargell, a writer from Marietta, GA
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Armin Tolentino, a poet from Newark, NJ
Second Place - Jeffrey Markovitz, a writer from Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Mention- Nissa Lee, a poet from Haddon Heights, NJ
Honorable Mention- Stacey Balkun, a poet from Piscataway, NJ

2010
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place - Marylisa W. DeDomenicis, a poet from Northfield, NJ
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Christopher Moore, a poet from Ventnor, NJ
Second Place - Meghan Privitello, a poet from Ventnor, NJ
Honorable Mention - Stephanie Cawley, a poet from Cape May Court House, NJ
Honorable Mention - Donna Huneke, a writer from Lumberton, NJ
Honorable Mention - Amy L. Meng, a poet from Livingston, NJ

2009
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Emma Eisenberg, a writer from New York City, NY

2008
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place - Rachel Bunting, a poet from Mount Laurel, NJ