Writers’ Conference Scholarships

Writers' conference scholarship recipientSix scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway writers’ conference.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
January 13-16, 2017
Stockton Seaview Hotel
Galloway, NJ (Atlantic City area)

Recipients may choose from workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, songwriting, poetry 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 a number of different types of scholarships available:

Scholarship applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1, 2016.

 

“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

 

Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship (For writers aged 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 2017 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.

Application Process
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. Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016, and the recipient will be announced on this page on Dec. 20, 2016.

 

“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 writers aged 18-30)

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 of Stockton University, it offers places for two poets or writers between the ages of 18 – 30 to attend the 2017 Getaway.

Recipients may choose from 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 and 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.

Application Process
A panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selections based on a combination of merit and need. Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016, and the recipient will be announced on this page on Dec. 20, 2016.

 

“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

 

Elke Hirsh Music Award (For songwriters aged 21 – 30)

Elke Hirsh at the pianoThe Elke Hirsh Music Award celebrates the life of Elke Hirsh. For more than 50 years, she was a beloved piano teacher and enjoyed a busy career performing with her trio, Elke & Friends. Funded by Elke’s family, the Jan-ai Scholarship Fund and Murphy Writing of Stockton University, the award will enable one songwriter between the ages of 21 – 30 to attend the 2017 Getaway.

The recipient will be awarded a seat in the Song Writing workshop and have the opportunity to participate in all other Getaway activities including open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie.

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

Application Process
A panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selections based on a combination of merit and need. Submissions will be judged on the quality of the applicant’s songwriting, not the applicant’s performance or vocal ability. Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016, and the recipient will be announced on this page on Dec. 20, 2016.

 

“I won’t lie–I was nervous about attending the Winter Getaway. I had never previously attended ANY writer’s conference or retreat, and friends who have attended comparable (though I use that term loosely) events offered warnings about the elitism and airs that tend to haunt them. I can’t express how marvelous it was to find the Getaway completely devoid of such atmosphere. Never have I felt so welcomed by such a massive gathering of complete strangers. This is clearly the product of vision and hard work, and I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful design that has been implemented in crafting such a magical event.”
~ Benjamin, West Hatfield, MA, Scholarship recipient

 

Scholarship Recipients Winter Getaway scholarships

The scholarship recipients for the 2017 Winter Getaway will be announced on this page on December 20, 2016.

 

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Previous Recipients

Congratulations to our previous scholarship recipients:

2016 – 88 applications considered
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place: Tiffany Krupa, a poet from Santa Barbara, CA
Second Place: Debbie Bradford, a writer from Vernon, CT
Jan-ai Scholarship
Recipient: Peter LaBerge, a poet from Stamford, CT
Recipient: Cinderella Saavedra, a poet from Las Vegas, NM
Elke Hirsh Music Award
Recipient: Barbare Mchedlishvili, a musician from Ventnor, NJ
Screenwriting Scholarship
Recipient: LaShawn Williams, a writer from Camden, NJ

2015 – 107 applications considered
Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship
First Place -Sam Cha, a poet from Cambridge, MA
Second Place – Heather Bryant, a writer from Sunnyside, NY
Jan-ai Scholarship
First Place – Shevaun Brannigan, a poet from Philadelphia, PA
Second Place – Benjamin Roney-Yeager, a writer from West Hatfield, MA

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

 

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.

 

Elke Hirsh Music AwardElke Hirsh at the piano

The Elke Hirsh Music Award celebrates the life of Elke Hirsh. This scholarship is funded by Elke’s family, the Jan-ai Scholarship Fund and Murphy Writing of Stockton University.

 

Murphy Writing of Stockton University logoMurphy Writing of Stockton University

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