November 3, 2019 @ 9:15 am – March 31, 2020 @ 11:27 am
The Ryser Scholarship

The Writers Guild at Bloomington is pleased to announce:


Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence

by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing.

The scholarship rotates yearly between a high school junior or senior, a Language Arts Teacher, and a Writer’s Guild member of any experience level. Our 2019 Ryser Scholarship recipient, Jan Tilley, is a Guild Member whose tuition to the 2019 IU Writers’ Conference was paid by the scholarship.

The 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County,

Lawrence County or Owen County.


Joan Ryser taught American and European literature, creative writing, grammar and composition at Bloomington High School South for 44 years, where she was a beloved mentor for budding writers and avid readers.

When Joan passed away in 2017, she left instructions with her family that instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a local organization that promotes writing and literacy. The Writers Guild at Bloomington received the resulting donations and established the Guild’s first scholarship award. The Writers Guild has set up a continuing plan for the award, committing 5% of all membership fees and event proceeds in order to create ongoing support for writers to build their craft.


The Ryser Scholarship provides $350 towards of a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. Events in Indiana include:

  • IU Writers Conference — Bloomington
  • Indiana Writers’ Center, A Gathering of Writers — Indianapolis
  • Midwest Writers Workshop – Ball State University, Muncie
  • Writing for Your Life Spiritual Writers’ Conference — Indianapolis
  • Women Writing for (a) Change workshops – Bloomington

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020.

For further information please contact: ryseraward@writersguildbloomington.com

The Ryser Scholarship
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