The Salty Quill Writers​ Retreat for Women is pleased to offer two scholarships for full-week sessions at the fifth annual Salty Quill Writers Retreat from September 28-October 5, 2019. Each scholarship includes accommodations, all meals, use of all the facilities, and boat transportation to and from McGee’s Island. Transportation to and from the departure point of Port Clyde, Maine, is fully the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. 


This year is the first year we are offering two full-week scholarships: the Ellis Avery scholarship, and the Grub Street Season Six scholarship.


The Ellis Avery Scholarship

In 2016, the Salty Quill Writers' Residence was graced by the presence of the lovely and inspiring award-winning author, Ellis Avery, as writer-in-residence, with the bonus of her massively talented partner, Sharon Marcus, by her side. Ellis wrote two novels (The Last Nude and The Teahouse Fire), published memoirs (The Smoke Week and The Family Tooth), and wrote haikus every day for decades. She was the only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. Although she lost her battle to cancer in the winter of 2019, Ellis remains an inspiration to a massive community of women infused by her spirit, joy, and bravery. For our time with her, we are honored and always grateful, and hopefully, will remain quite possibly, better human beings for it. This scholarship is made possible, in great part, by the support of Sharon Marcus, in honor of Ellis.


The Ellis Avery scholarship is open to any woman writer who is actively pursuing creative writing. Writers need not be published to be considered. The scholarship is awarded based on writing sample and application. LGBTQ writers, writers of color, and historically underrepresented and marginalized writers are especially encouraged to apply, with special attention given to writers in financial need.

The Grub Street Season Six Scholarship is open to any woman writer who is a current and active member of Grub Street (see www.grubstreet.org) and who is actively pursuing creative writing. Grub Street has remained a welcoming community where writers can find and share their voice, fine-tune their craft, and support their fellow writers and writing community in ways very few other literary organizations have managed. This year, Grub Street is embarking on new ground, having been awarded a home by the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the Fallon Group in the Seaport district. If you aren’t yet a member, you can become one by visiting Grub Street Membership. Grub Street members should provide a copy of their most recent annual donation/membership to Grub Street or a copy of their membership card. Preference is given to promising writers who are working on a novel or memoir. The scholarship is awarded based on writing sample and application. Writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers over 50, and historically underrepresented and marginalized writers are especially encouraged to apply, with special attention given to writers in financial need.


Deadline for application is May 31, 2019. Early applications are encouraged. Awardees will be announced by August 1, 2019. Application fee is $30. To apply, please email: retreat@thesaltyquill.com for an application form or download the Application and Details forms.

Scholarship recipients will stay in the Jewett Room (for photos of the room, see Rates & Accommodations). Please note: due to the remoteness of the location, if you have health concerns, severe allergies or other concerns that may impact your attendance, please contact us before applying to assure that we can accommodate you.


For a look at the roster of very talented recipients of Salty Quill Scholarships in recent years, please visit Salty Quill Scholarship Recipients.



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