Announcing (…drum roll…) the 2016 Scholarship Winners!

We have processed the applications, read the submissions, and made the extremely difficult decisions, and the dust has cleared to reveal the four incredible scholarship recipients for this year’s Writing Excuses Retreat.

I called them winners in the title, but that’s misleading: this is not something they drew in a lottery, or stumbled over in a random contest, this is an award that they have earned, and we could not be more delighted to have them with us on the cruise. Please join us in congratulating the 2016 recipients of the Carl Brandon scholarship and the Out of Excuses scholarship.

Carl Brandon Scholarship Winners:

Nilah Magruder
Jacquline Hopson

Out of Excuses Scholarship Winners:

Joseph Balanzategui
Rachel Seamount

A million thanks to everyone who applied. You gave us a ton of amazing applications this year–more than we’ve ever had–and it was very hard to pick only four.

Registration for the retreat—which, let’s not forget, is taking place on a cruise ship in the eastern Caribbean—is open until the final day of June, or until we reach 150 students, whichever comes first. If you want to join us, sign up today!

4 thoughts on “Announcing (…drum roll…) the 2016 Scholarship Winners!”

  1. Congratulation to the winners!

    And thank you to Writing Excuses for offering all of us without the means to attend the writing retreat an opportunity to get there through the scholarship.
    I can only imagine how tough it is to judge all the applications but because I’m a sadistic villain, I want to make it even harder for you, by asking if you would help all the applications next year be better than what they were this year. How? Well first of all would it be possible to share one of the winning contestant’s essays and writing samples (with their permission of course) so those of us who missed out can know what standard we need to aim for to have a better chance of being awarded the scholarship next year.
    If you wanted to do more you could share why the particular essay stood out and what impressed you about the writing sample. This would provide another great learning opportunity to all of us who listen to writing excuses.
    Also would it be possible to notify those entrants who were disqualified for not meeting one of the application requirements so they might not make the same mistakes next year. It would be a tragedy if a winning application got disqualified again and again over a small oversight on applicant’s behalf.

  2. Congratulations to all the winners, I know this will be an amazing experience, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    I will be working on saving money for next years writers retreat, now that I am aware of it.

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