The Mendocino Beacon

Applicatio­ns open for Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference


Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference invites Scholarshi­p and Master Class applicatio­ns through February 15, 2023, for its in-person annual summer conference.

The 2023 conference includes morning workshops in 10 genres plus a juried Master Class, as well as afternoon seminars. Scholarshi­ps are to be awarded to applicants of all levels and background­s and may include tuition and housing stipends. The 2023 Master Class will focus on experiment­al memoir and story structure and will be led by award-winning novelist, memoirist, journalist, and editor, Ariel Gore

From August 3-5, 2023, the 34th Annual Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference (MCWC) will include morning workshops, afternoon craft and publishing seminars, and evening readings open to the public. The full schedule and faculty can be viewed at

Applicatio­ns for scholarshi­ps to attend MCWC 2023 are now open and include accommodat­ion in addition to tuition. Special scholarshi­ps are available for high school students in Mendocino County, who are particular­ly encouraged to apply. Writers of all ages and levels of experience can apply by visiting­ps.

The deadline to apply for a scholarshi­p or the juried

Master Class is February 15, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applicatio­n by early March. General registrati­on will open to the public on March 15, 2023. With the exception of the applicatio­ns for scholarshi­ps and for the juried Master Class, there is no writing sample required for registrati­on.

“With our scholarshi­ps, we aim to make the conference accessible to writers from diverse background­s, to reward writing of outstandin­g merit, and to encourage writers at all levels to share their work and find literary community,” says MCWC Executive Director Lisa Locascio Nighthawk. Certain scholarshi­ps are specifical­ly designated for writers from underrepre­sented groups on the basis of age, ethnicity, sexual identity, disability, social or cultural background, and financial need.

Locascio Nighthawk adds: “We especially want to encourage local writers to apply and come get a taste of a world-class literary gathering where they can meet fellow writers and gain valuable feedback on their writing. We have scholarshi­ps for Mendocino County high school students (grades 9-12), as well as for MCWC firsttime attendees and for those who have never attended a writers’ conference.”

The scholarshi­p judging categories are organized by submission genre, including the categories of Novel, Short Fiction, Middle Grade/Young Adult, Poetry, Memoir, Nonfiction, Speculativ­e Fiction, Mystery, and Screenwrit­ing. All applicatio­ns will be considered for all possible scholarshi­ps, and all applicants are welcome to register for the Conference regardless of the outcome of their scholarshi­p applicatio­n. Scholarshi­ps are assigned on the basis of merit, as determined by a diverse panel of local judges, to a recipient who meets the eligibilit­y criteria of that scholarshi­p.

For more informatio­n, please visit Questions can also be directed to MCWC Operations Manager Patty West at or Executive Director Lisa Locascio Nighthawk at

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