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For the First Time, NCWN will offer Screenwriting Scholarships to Spring Conference

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GREENSBORO—For the first time, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer the Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship to attend its Spring Conference, allowing up to four aspiring screenwriters to take advantage of a full day of readings, classes, and community.

“The Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship was created in remembrance of our son’s screenwriting passion and generous nature,” Beverly Nipper Bowles, Elliott’s mother, said. “This scholarship seeks to lend support to aspiring young screenwriters as they continue to learn and refine their craft, develop connections with industry advisors and production companies, and pursue their dreams in the love of film.”

This scholarship will pay for full Spring Conference registration. Recipients also will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Any North Carolina resident who has written an unproduced/unoptioned screenplay may apply for the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship. Applicants will submit a twenty-page sample of their screenplay, along with their resume or CV, and a cover letter describing their habits and goals as a screenwriter. Applicants will submit these materials to, with “Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship” in the subject line.

The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including “Creating Characters Round and Flat for the Screen” with Mary M. Dalton and “Is This Idea a Screenplay?” with Joy Goodwin.

Full details and registration for the 2022 Spring Conference are available here.

“The inspiration for this scholarship sprang to mind during my darkest day,” Beverly Nipper Bowles said. “I was planning the memorial service. The initial thought was a dim but emerging ray of sun, mixed with the tiniest sparkle of joy. When I heard myself share the idea with my husband and saw his face, it was suddenly obvious that this was the path we were intended to take as a way to preserve the memory and share the dream of our beloved Elliott.”

Others can donate to support the Bowles Scholarship, either with a check made out to “NCWN-Bowles Scholarship” and mailed to P. O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120; or with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit