Believe Scholarship

"You will see it when you believe it." ~ Wayne Dyer

Thank you so much for stopping by to find out more about my Believe Scholarship. Believing in ourselves as writers and creatives is a vital part of moving forward on our journeys. I want you to know that I believe in you and  support you and that’s one of the main reasons I set up the scholarship. That and to give back to a community that has and continues to be a tremendous support to me as a writer. You can read a little of the history about how the scholarship came to be below.

The scholarship is for picture book writers and novelists who are members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI.

2020 CHANGES!

After five years of implementing the scholarship, I have been moved to change the focus to support diverse and marginalized voices and give those writers an  opportunity to attend the RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines Conference. There are many reasons for this–talking to writers whose stories deserve to be shared with a wider audience, listening to author and artist Grace Lin talk about windows and mirrors and how we all need those in the books we read—here’s her TedX talk which has the same content—flipping channels or scrolling online entertainment and noting the lack of diverse faces, and more.

Diversity comes in many forms and I want to support voices that have struggled to be heard or have been silenced. I think back to my own paternal heritage, how my grandfather crossed the border from Mexico into the US when he was 15 or 16, worked hard, but faced many challenges. I think of times when I didn’t feel comfortable or safe speaking up and I know many others who have had this same experience, in situations far more daunting or even dangerous than I’ve ever had.

Children’s literature needs all kinds of voices and I hope this opportunity will help writers expand the conversation.

My Partner

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be partnering with The Word, a wonderful Denver non-profit to help implement the scholarship and spread the news about it.

More information and application procedures are forthcoming.

Support!

While you are waiting for more information, if you feel so called, please consider donating to The Word to help offset the costs they will incur while doing initial processing of Believe Scholarship applications along with their Writing Mentor Program applications.
Please indicate BELIEVE SCHOLARSHIP in the comment/note area so they can allocate the funds accordingly.

To support The Word for the Believe Scholarship, click here. and scroll down to click the DONATE button.

Why I Founded the Scholarship

In the past belief—or really lack of belief—has been an obstacle in my writing journey. I often didn’t believe I had the ability to write at a certain level that a particular idea required or that I could actually tackle a new genre. I didn’t believe I was worthy of success in all its forms–completing a book, getting it published–any kind of monetary success and so forth.

And then, by taking time to really look at myself and my work, I started to believe in myself more and my approach to my writing and my career shifted dramatically. I began to detach from what are often called “external outcomes” such as publication and book sales and focused on the writing itself. The joy–and sometimes frustration–of it and found I was happier in the world at large. Not that I didn’t want to continue to publish or that when I did, I wouldn’t work hard to help the book succeed, but I no longer gave them the power to define me anymore. My success and who I am hinges on what I believe about myself and the things I can control in my life, things like whether I finished a chapter, whether I revised a scene to the very best of my ability, whether I was fully present and a good listener when teaching a class or consulting with a writer.

Now, in 2020, I’ve been very moved by the #0wnvoices, #metoo, and #weneeddiversebooks movements and feel called to add to the Believe Scholarship focus. I believe in you and I believe in your right to be heard.

Scholarship Info

Information about how to apply for the scholarship through The Word will be available soon.

SUPPORT! Until then, if you feel so called, please consider donating to The Word to help offset the costs they will incur while doing initial processing of Believe Scholarship applications along with their Writing Mentor Program applications.

Please indicate BELIEVE SCHOLARSHIP in the comment/note area so they can allocate the funds accordingly.

To support The Word for the Believe Scholarship, click here.

Thank you so much for your interest and support!

 

Congratulations to the 2019 Recipients!

Picture Book Scholarship Recipient: Sandy Perlic
Sandy received free conference tuition, one-on-one critique or coaching session, an intensive of her choice, $150 stipend.

Picture Book Scholarship Runner Up: Meghan Campbell
Meghan received a one-on-one critique or coaching session.

Chapter Book/MG/YA Scholarship Recipient: Natasha C. Fisher
Natasha received free conference tuition, one-on-one critique or coaching session, an intensive of her choice, $150 stipend.

Chapter Book/MG/YA Scholarship Runner Up: Mariko Tatsumoto
Mariko received a one-on-one critique or coaching session.

Meet Illustrator Dow Phumiruk

Thank you to beautiful and talented Tiemdow “Dow” Phumiruk for creating the fabulous logo and illustrations for this page.

Get into the mind of this creative genius.

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