Last week I found out that I was accepted into the Tin House Summer Writing workshop in Portland this July. It is a huge opportunity for me and I’m very glad they enjoyed my manuscript. However, I did not get the scholarship I applied for, which makes my getting to the workshop damn near impossible.
I’m hoping that’s where you good folks can come in. I credit you guys on Tumblr for helping me have this opportunity. I strongly believe my practice of daily six worders (not to mention all of the requests I reply to) have really helped me hone my fiction to this point. Clearly it worked well enough for Tin House to take notice, but it won’t matter unless I can get there!
So… For the last few days I’ve been raising money on GoFundMe to make it to Tin House’s workshop. The fees rack up to $1700, and that doesn’t even include travel costs (which are roughly $500 if I book very soon). On GoFundMe I’m asking for that initial $1700—I’m a little over halfway there, but I honestly need the entire amount to make it. I just don’t have the money. I really needed that scholarship. On a personal note, I work as a dishwasher/line cook 5 days a week and attend an MFA in a different state for the other 2—those travel costs alone cut deep into my paychecks—not to mention that this winter has seen more than a couple $200+ gas bills.
I must pay a deposit to save my spot on this workshop ASAP. The total amount isn’t due until June 1, but I need to get most of the money very soon.
I hope you guys will consider donating, or even just sharing this page. People can donate as much as they like, and anyone who donates will get a six worder; there are also donation ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ levels where you can have a handwritten or typed six worders / short stories mailed to you! Thanks to everyone who’s helped me to this point, and thanks to anyone that likes, reblogs, or otherwise spreads the word for me!
GUYS I’M GETTING PRETTY CLOSE TO MY GOAL— PLEASE HELP GET ME THE REST OF THE WAY!
Please help out my friend if you can.
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