28
Dec

LA BinderCon Workshop: Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops
(Glendaliz Camacho, Grace Jahng Lee)

Whether you’re applying for a writing residency, fellowship, grant, scholarship, or workshop, the process can be anxiety-provoking. How do you even find out about these opportunities? How do you decide which to apply to? What does an artist statement include? Who will write your recommendation letters if you lack literary networks? What do you include in a writer’s CV if you have no/few publications? How do you select your best writing sample? What are strategies for dealing with multiple rejections? For residencies, additional nail-biting may emerge: How do you take time off from work and family obligations to disappear into the woods to write for weeks? How will you finance your residency if you still have rent/bills to pay while away?

As women without MFAs who didn’t pursue writing until their 30s, the workshop leaders found themselves together on a residency on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. With experience as both applicants (awarded 15 residencies within two years and numerous grants, fellowships, scholarships) and selection committee members, they will share strategies to help participants to craft their best application package. They will provide an overview of funded opportunities for writers and lead an interactive workshop with exercises targeting the basic elements of every proposal. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a past application or one in-progress. A resource handout will be distributed.