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Announcing the 2022 Writer Unboxed OnConference Scholarship

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A writing community can take many forms, from an established website like Writer Unboxed, to an online group you participate with over Facebook or Discord, to an in-person group you meet up with monthly at a local library, to a critique partner you rely upon who lives on the other side of the world. And that’s just a start.

This year’s OnConference was built to honor COMMUNITY, pushing beyond the traditional online conference experience to provide unique opportunities to connect with one another throughout the event. (Click HERE to learn more about that.) Beyond the community activities we have planned for our 3-week event, our community lounge will stay open for 4 full months, allowing you to gather for writing-related activities through the end of 2022.

All to say that we understand how important community can be to a writer’s life; it can not only help you to persevere in the writing craft, but can help you to be a better writer overall. It has done just that for so many of us.

So it makes sense that this year’s scholarship opportunity be about community as well.

Who should apply?

If you’re interested in an OnConference focused on deep craft and community-centric extras–

If you, too, know the value of a writing community and would like to forge new connections through this event–

If you have a story to tell about the positive impact community has had on you and your writing life–

If you might not otherwise be able to participate in this year’s OnConference but are seriously interested–

then we hope you’ll consider applying for WU’s Community Scholarship.

How to enter:

Please send the following to unconference@writerunboxed.com:

  • A response to this prompt: “How has COMMUNITY helped to support you and your writing? How has it helped to propel you forward?” (300 words or less, in the body of the email)
  • A Word document or PDF attachment showing five consecutive pages of your manuscript


  • A response to this prompt: “Is there anyone else within your community that you would award an OnConference ticket to if you could? Why?” (150 words or less, in the body of the email)

Application deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, August 31st.

Don’t be shy! If you value community and would like to participate in the upcoming OnConference, we’d love to hear from you.

WU Community: How have others supported you, helped to evolve your craft, and kept you inspired? Even if you are not applying for the scholarship, we’d love to hear from you in comments.

And for anyone else who is interested in our event, you can read more about the OnConference on Eventbrite.



Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton in 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~50 regular contributors--including bestselling authors and industry leaders--and frequent guests. In 2014, the first Writer Unboxed UnConference (part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair) was held in Salem, MA. Learn more about our 2019 event, ESCAPE TO WuNDERLAND, on Eventbrite. In 2016, the Writer Unboxed team published a book with Writer's Digest. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published has been well-received by readers who seek help in overcoming the hurdles faced at every step of the novel-writing process--from setting goals, researching, and drafting to giving and receiving critiques, polishing prose, and seeking publication. James Scott Bell has said of the guide, "Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." You can follow Writer Unboxed on Twitter, and join our thriving Facebook community.

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