Back to Network News

NCWN to Offer “More Seats Scholarships” for 2022 Spring Conference


Attendees at a past NCWN Conference
Thanks to a generous but anonymous donor, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer two More Seats Scholarships to allow writers from underserved communities to attend the on-site NCWN 2022 Spring Conference.

Each More Seat scholarship (as in, “More Seats at the Table”) will cover the full cost of Spring Conference registration, as well as one year of Network membership—a total value of more than $200.

The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Spring Conference faculty includes Carole Boston Weatherford, Derek Palacio, Belle Boggs, Ron Stacker Thompson, and many more,

The More Seats Scholarships are in addition to the usual scholarship aid available to writers in need. The goal of the More Seats Scholarships is to encourage beginning writers from underserved communities, who may not have found a place at the proverbial literary table.

“The donor wants to celebrate and amplify new North Carolina voices,” Southern said. “They especially encourage writers from rural counties, writers of color, and LGBTQ+ writers to apply.”

Selection criteria will focus on commitment to writing, rather than degrees or publications.

 To apply, send a current CV—with contact information and a list of any work, education, publications, or other relevant literary experiences or achievements—and a Statement of Writing Intent of no more than 1,000 words to The subject line should specify the applicant’s interest in a More Seats Scholarship. Questions should be sent to that e-mail address, as well.

The deadline to apply is midnight on April 1.