Friday, February 6, 2015

Writer's Scholarship: Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island Workshop on Orcas Island

Scholarship: Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island Workshop on Orcas Island

Rejuvenate yourself and your writing with a weekend immersed in nature on beautiful Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. The weekend retreat is designed to give you and your writing a fresh perspective in stimulating surroundings but without the distractions of home. 

Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island takes place the weekend of February 27 to March 1, 2015, with writer Ira Sukrungruang. Spend three days at the cusp of spring, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. The workshop is open to all genres and takes place at the historic Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast. 

The Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for Spring 2015 Writer Island with Ira Sukrungruang covers the workshop fee and two nights' lodging at an island B&B. To apply, submit a $25 application fee along with a one-page writing sample and up to 100 words on why the workshop will benefit your writing practice. Total value of the scholarship, including the workshop, lodging, evening desserts and full breakfasts, is $447.
To apply for the scholarship, go here

The application fee can be applied to your registration, as long as there are still spots available when the results are announced. If you wish to register now and secure your spot, you can still apply for the scholarship as part of your registration.

Ira Sukrungruang is a Chicago born Thai-American. He is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He co-edited What Are You Looking At: The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology, both published by Harcourt Brace. What Are You Looking At? is the first book that looks at the fat experience through the lens of literature, and has received positive reviews in the Library Journal, Boston Globe, Book Magazine and other periodicals. The book was reprinted in the UK in 2005. Scoot Over, Skinny includes essays by Lori Gottlieb, Stephen Kuusisto, Pam Houston, David Sedaris, and many others. The anthology opens up the discussion about the “fat experience.” These essays represent an amalgam of voices in our country.

Workshop schedule:
· Friday night writing exercise and dessert
· Saturday writing retreat, including snacks
· Saturday night fireside gathering with dessert
· Sunday morning optional gathering and writing exercise
· Final exchange and fond farewells

The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

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