Scholarship Available for Writing with Willona Class

I have been fortunate to have opportunities to learn and advance my writing career even when I didn’t have the money to pay for professional development or graduate studies. That’s why I have decided to offer a scholarship to one student who like to take any of the three course I am offering this fall at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This is not necessarily a needs-based scholarship; it is an opportunity for me to help a person who needs a chance to take a professional development workshop to achieve a personal and professional goal.

Please apply and share this announcement. If you have questions, you can reach me at

Who is Eligible

The scholarship will be given to the writer whose application proves the most compelling; irrespective of financial need. I am looking to support a writer who needs professional development to achieve a personal and professional goal.

How to Apply

  • Submit answers to the following questions along with the name of the workshop you would like to take. You may only choose one workshop.
  • Include your name, email address and phone number.
  • Applications must be received by Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
  • Submit your application to Willona Sloan at
  • The winner will be notified by Monday, October 21, 2013.

Submit an application:

Include a 300-500-word essay describing the following:

  • What are your writing goal(s)?
  • How will this class advance your journey towards meeting your writing goal(s)? Is there a specific skill you need to acquire or develop?

Think of this application as an opportunity to tell me who you are a writer, what you hope to achieve and how one of my classes will help you.

Designate the workshop you wish to take: 

These are three separate classes. 

You may register in advance and if you receive a scholarship your money will be refunded. Or, you may wait to hear the result of your application. To register, go to the Writer’s Center website.

How to Write A Lot

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD)

Learn how to develop the habits of a successful writer, including how to set and track your writing goals, create a schedule and project plan, and use writing prompts to advance your story or generate new work. We will also do in-class fiction and non-fiction writing exercises designed to show you how to make the most of your writing time.

Make A Living As A Writer

Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD)

Learn how to find work as a professional writer or editor with businesses and nonprofit organizations; how to pitch stories to newspapers, magazines or blogs; and how to submit your work to literary journals and other publications. This class is intended for emerging writers, career changers and writers who want to get published and enjoy the satisfaction of doing what they love.

Getting Started: Creative Writing

Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD)

Learn how to write what you know. Using guided and independent writing exercises you will practice writing non-fiction stories and experiment with literary techniques such as crafting dialogue, writing conflict and developing three-dimensional characters in order to create short stories based on your own experiences.

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