Backspace Writers Conference scholarship

New York Times Best-selling Author Sponsors Full-Tuition Writers Conference Scholarships

Two deserving writers will attend Backspace’s premier New York City event

Books have made him a wealthy man, but a certain New York Times best-selling author hasn’t forgotten what it was like starting out. The anxiety and uncertainty. Self-doubt. Pressure, even ridicule, from friends and family members. You want to be a writer? Impossible.

That’s why he’s sponsoring two full-tuition scholarships to the 2007 Backspace Writers Conference for authors whose work shows exceptional promise, and who have completed a novel and are actively seeking an agent to represent them. Scholarships cover the conference registration fee, travel expenses to and from New York City from within the 48 contiguous United States, and three nights’ hotel accommodations.

That he’s offering the scholarships anonymously speaks to his character. That he’s chosen the Backspace Writers Conference as the vehicle speaks to the event. "Backspace is relatively new, but it’s the real deal," he says.

"It’s endlessly talked about," adds Jonathan Maberry, author and board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference, and a lecturer who’s spoken at dozens of cons. "A few of my students went to the last one and were blown away by it. It has the feel of a conference that has been long-established, and yet is new and fresh and holds great promise. This is the magic formula conference developers have been looking for."

David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author and former professor of American literature, agrees. "The yearly Backspace conference is an invaluable resource. I've taught there and can’t say enough good things about the information, encouragement, and enthusiasm they provide."

The 2007 Backspace Writers Conference May 31 & June 1 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, brings together best-selling authors, top literary agents, and editors for a two-day, two-track event featuring panel discussions, workshops, and socializing in the heart of the publishing world.

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Douglas Wright and renowned literary agent and author advocate Richard Curtis were keynote speakers. Text and video of their remarks are available on the website.

This spring, Morrell and Michael Cader, industry insider and Publishers Marketplace founder, will address the group. New York Times best-selling thriller author Gayle Lynds will present a two-hour workshop, "9 Secrets to Writing Best-Selling Thrillers," while literary agents Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management and Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency offer their popular role-playing workshop, "Buy This Book!"

Additional program participants include best-selling authors Joseph Finder, M.J. Rose and Lee Child, agents Scott Hoffman, Paige Wheeler, Michael Bourrett and Caren Johnson, and many more.

Scholarship applications must be received between January 15 and March 1, 2007. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2007. Details at www.backspacewritersconference.com


MichaelPH said...

Things to do after the Happy Hooker:

Apply to this scholarship!



janice said...

Imagine my surprise - I just drove home from a meeting with Jonathan Maberry, jumped on the computer, went straight to this blog and saw this posting where he is quoted - strange coincidence.

Anonymous said...

But there's always the fine print...

Sleeping rooms for award recipients will not be booked at The Algonquin, but will be reserved at Backspace’s discretion at a nearby hotel. Cost of travel to and from New York City (coach round-trip airfare within the 48 contiguous United States) will be reimbursed once travel arrangements have been booked by scholarship winners. Award recipients may be asked to help out during the conference in minor ways that will not interfere unduly with their benefitting from the conference program.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'd love to be in a position to do something similar some day.

Undercover said...

Don't let the fine print scare you.

Backspace administrators, Karen and Chris, have all the bases covered--there is seldom anything to help out with. Truth is, anyone who knows them usually wants to help out in any way they can.

It's an incredibly generous offer.

swampytad said...

are you really complaining, fine-print-anonymous, about having to book your own travel arrangements and get reimbursed, having to endure a walk from a nearby hotel, and getting to get the chance to work on a few logistical tasks that may actually get you closer access and gratitude from industry professionals? still all sounds like a very generous opportunity to me.

Karen Dionne said...
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Karen Dionne said...

It's a VERY generous offer, and I was astounded when the donor made it. Most conferences that offer full scholarships cover only the registration fee, and not hotel and travel expenses.

The 'fine print' anonymous mentions is simply an effort to make sure applicants understand up front what's covered under the scholarship, and what isn't.

Backspace administrators and the scholarship committee had long discussions regarding the best way to set up the guidelines, and of course, the donor approved them as written. Perhaps this suggested wording from one of our committee members is more clear:

* Each scholarship will include airfare for one round-trip coach ticket from anywhere in the continental United States to New York's LaGuardia Airport, three night's lodging for one at a hotel conveniently located to the conference hotel, and complete conference fees including one ticket to the banquet. The winners of the scholarship will be responsible for all other fees and expenses including meals other than the banquet, travel to and from the airport, and travel around the city.

Thanks again to Miss Snark and all the other bloggers who linked to her post for helping us to spread the word!