The New York City Latina Writers Group is back!
We are back to the basics!
We are back with a vengeance!
We are back stronger and more fierce than ever!
We are back inspired and motivated!
I have been thinking about what it takes for us to write?
I have often wondered why it is that most of us will never come to the page?
I have prayed for moments of inspiration and creativity for all of us!
But more importantly I’ve been thinking about how one honors being an artist when we have bills to pay and live in New York City.
Several months ago a colleague of mine asked me a question that I haven’t stopped asking myself since the day she asked it, “Alicia, how do you do it?”
Of course she was referring to how one lives in New York City when they barely make enough to live. She was also referring to how I hold onto faith, peace and can stay tranquil amidst all the chaos?
I started to really think about how I do it and what I found was that I was living by the mantra “everyday I’m hustling!” That feeling of hustling is more akin to feelings of desperation. How could I be an artist, follow my dreams, pursue my passion, support others, and be a writer when I have responsibilities to my daughter and my home and my dreams alone don’t pay the rent?
I have spent more nights than I’d like to admit crying and in states of complete chaos and worry and stress and anxiety and fear. But those days are done! I have finally figured it out! I have finally understood what it is that I need to do to honor both my responsibilities at home and my craft that I love so much. These days my choices are made with ease and my faith is strengthened.
I needed to take time off to think about how I could serve this massive group of women writers. How do I support a group of women who might be struggling, might need help, have given up on their dreams, are doubting their ability, need help but don’t know how to ask for it. For these women I have decided to be of service. I personally intend to fund writers dreams. This is my offering to you!
I will be awarding the ALICIA ANABEL SANTOS HERSTORY WRITERS GRANT at the 9th Anniversary of the NYCLWG!
- Must be an active member of the NYC (LWG)
- Must be living in New York
- Must be 19 years or older
- Must be Latina or WOC!
- Must have economic need
- Must attend remaining NYCLWG meetings for 2015 and at least six writers meetings in 2016
- For writers who have performed, published, applied for grants, have at least one draft of a manuscript, presented, or published works within the last two years (print or online).
- Must be actively writing
DEADLINE: Must submit application and writing sample by Sunday, October 4, 2015 at midnight Eastern standard time.
Winner will be announced at the anniversary dinner, October 15th.
MISSION AND SCOPE
To provide direct funds for individual writers’ creative projects. To support women in advancing their writing careers and complete creative projects.
HOW THE FUNDS MAY BE USED:
These funds can be used for (but not limited to) writing related expenses, research materials, utilities related to writing (Internet/electricity), rental space, writer-related travel, conference fees, website, project completion, professional and artistic development.
These funds cannot be designated for such things as personal vacation, full-time college tuition, or any items not related to writers professional, artistic, or project development.
How to Apply:
- 250 word summary answering the following prompts: Why I write…, What I write about…, My intention for this grant…
- 100 word description of project
- 250 word artist statement
- 3 page writing sample of project (size 12 font, Times New Roman, double spaced)
- Artist’s Resume/CV
APPLICATION FEE – FREE
*To apply send email to email@example.com
I have much to share about the direction we are headed in. Mark your calendar’s:
NYCLWG 2015 MEETINGS
**October 15 – 9th Anniversary Dinner** save the date
**December 4 – holiday party** save the date
January 8, 2016
February 5, 2016
March 4, 2016
April 8, 2016
May 6, 2016
June 3, 2016
I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting.