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We have scholarships on a rolling basis for The Unexpected Shape Writing Academy). We are also searching for people to help sponsor scholarships.

Currently, we have four scholarships for four six-month places in the Academy, sponsored in honor of Vanetta Cutchin (see below), and ten scholarships for ten three-month places in the Academy for disabled writers, sponsored by Disability Visibility.

Scholarships

The Vanetta Cutchin Memorial Fellowship

The Vanetta Cutchin Memorial Fellowship is named after Carli Cutchin's mother, a second-generation Cuban-American who, while living with significant physical and mental health disabilities, became an accomplished quilter and seamstress, as well as a dedicated homeschooling mom. Vanetta loved gospel music, old Hollywood films, and slow drives through the coastal California redwoods.  

Each of our four fellowships will give each recipient full access to the Academy for six months.

We thank Carli Cutchin with our utmost gratitude for her donation.

Disability Visibility Fellowships

The Disability Visibility Fellowships are sponsored by Alice Wong (she/her), a disabled activist, writer, editor, and community organizer. Alice is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

Each of the ten fellowships will give the recipient full access to The Unexpected Shape Academy and Writing Intensive for three months.

We thank Alice Wong with our utmost gratitude for sponsoring these fellowships.

The Vanessa Cutchin Memorial Fellowship

Deadline: June 15, 2024 for four scholarships, funded by Carli Cutchin. 

Late July 2024: Announcements made for the four Vanetta Cutchin scholarships.

Scholarships are both need- and merit-based.


Though we'll make sure to notify you every step of the way, you are welcome to email Dan at dan@esmewang.com with any questions that might come up. However, please do not email to nudge us; we will notify you if you receive a scholarship.

I look forward to receiving your application! & thank you for taking the time to apply.

Please fill out the following application:

Though we'll make sure to notify you every step of the way, you are welcome to email Dan at dan@esmewang.com with any questions that might come up. However, please do not email to nudge us; we will notify you if you receive a scholarship.

I look forward to receiving your application! & thank you for taking the time to apply.

Please fill out the following application:

Disability Visibility Fellowships

Deadline: June 15, 2024 for ten scholarships, funded by Alice Wong. 

Late July 2024: Announcements made for the ten Disability Visibility scholarships.

Scholarships are both need- and merit-based.


How do I apply?

*any applications submitted outside of a specific timeline will be notified & put on our waitlist for future scholarships 

*any applications submitted outside of a specific timeline will be notified & put on our waitlist for future scholarships 

Ready to apply?

How do I sponsor a scholarship?

Are you interested in helping to sponsor a scholarship?

If yes, then thank you so much.

We are honored that you have decided to support our ever-growing community of ambitious writers, and are grateful for the future student(s) that, because of your generosity, are well on their way in pursuing their writerly goals.  

Please complete the following steps in order to become a sponsor for the Academy.



1. Do you want to be an anonymous donor? If not, please specify who or what your sponsorship is on behalf of

2. Specifications of donation (amount, etc.)

3. Do you have a timeframe in mind that you'd like to make these scholarship(s) available?

4. Would you like to help choose who receives the scholarship(s)?

5. And lastly, is there anything else you'd like to include that I didn't mention in the above questions?

Email Dan at dan@esmewang.com with your answers to the following questions.