By the time I finally got into a writing program, I was 36, but my apprenticeship as a writer had begun a decade earlier, the beginnings of which are only clear to me now in retrospect. Back in my 20s and early 30s, it did not occur to me that my path as a writer had begun in my excited conversations with other waitresses who also possessed literary ambitions and during the nights I spent sitting cross-legged on the floor of a poet’s trailer in the middle of the desert earnestly scribbling. Nor did I realize that I’d begun an informal training with a workshop here and there and with my self-directed reading program of short story and essay collections.
“I had no idea where to begin the career trajectory that goes from waitress to writer,” I say of this time in Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too). Many can relate to this, I know, and within that group, there are many who don’t have the means to attend workshops and seminars that might provide exposure to writing mentors. So it is with great pleasure that I announce the Natalie Goldberg/NAMW Scholarship for the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe on December 6, 2013.
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The Natalie Goldberg/NAMW Scholarship for Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive
An anonymous donation has provided a full-tuition scholarship for the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 6, 2013. Honoring Natalie Goldberg’s contribution as a teacher to the greater writing community, the Natalie Goldberg/NAMW Writer’s Scholarship will go to a person of financial need with a desire to learn about the art of personal narrative.
To apply: Send a letter of no more than 500 words about your interest in personal narrative and your reasons for wanting to attend the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive by November 2, 2013 at Midnight with a copy of the top page of your 2012 tax return to firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipient will be announced on November 6th on WritingIsMyDrink.com. See below for the fine print.
Hosted by author Theo Pauline Nestor, the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive is a one-day exploration into the craft and possibilities of personal narrative at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Dec. 6th. Faculty: Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, Candace Walsh, and Theo Pauline Nestor. Regular price tickets: $275. $325 at the door. See full schedule of events and register at http://writingismydrink.com/black-mesa-writers-intensive/. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmesawriters.
The National Association of Memoir Writers is cosponsoring this scholarship and will be solely responsible for the selection of the recipient. The National Association of Memoir Writers supports memoir writers in the quest to write, publish, and market their memoir. NAMW believes in the power of memoir and helps to create a national and international community of memoir writers. Please visit our site to learn about the many benefits of being a member of NAMW.
The fine print: Scholarship recipients are responsible for their travel to and from Black Mesa and their lodging in Santa Fe. Lunch at Black Mesa is included. Recipient’s social security number should be blacked out or cut out of top page of return included with application. All information disclosed in application will be kept confidential. The scholarship is in Natalie Goldberg’s name only; she is not involved in the financing or selection process of the scholarship.