THE WRITERS GUILD AT BLOOMINGTON is proud to offer the RYSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD in memory of Joan Ryser.
Joan Ryser was an English teacher at Bloomington High School South, who passed away in March 2017. Her directions to her family asked for memorial contributions to a non-profit literacy organization. The Writers Guild was honored to be the recipient of these contributions, and in response has established this scholarship to be awarded annually.
THE RYSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
will pay registration and tuition for one MCCSC high school student to attend the 2018 IU Writers Conference, June 2-6, 2018.
THE IU WRITERS CONFERENCE
brings together authors of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, graphic novels, screenplays and more – every June on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. The Conference takes place in the Indiana Memorial Union building, on the IU Campus. The Scholarship winner will be a day-attendee, and will not remain on-campus overnight. The Scholarship will also provide a per-diem for daytime meals and transportation to campus (bus or Uber).
More about the IU Writers conference is found at http://www.iuwc.indiana.edu/
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
Minimum 5 pages and a maximum 10 pages for each genre. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of Writers Guild members.
Email your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is March 31, 2018.
POETRY: One poem per page. Start a new poem on a new page.
FICTION/PROSE/SCRIPT: No restrictions on content or subject. If you are sending an excerpt of a long piece, please end on page 10 with a complete sentence.
YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT
In 500 words, tell us why you want to attend the IU Writers Conference. You can tell us what writing means to you; what you want to learn; how you feel writing will be part of your life as you grow.
We look forward to reading your submissions.
graduated valedictorian of Bloomfield High School and was the first female in her extended family to attend college. She studied English and Education on an academic scholarship at Indiana University and graduated in 1962. Ever the wordsmith, she taught American and European literature, creative writing, and grammar and composition at Bloomington High School South for 44 years, where she was a beloved mentor and teacher. She was diligently devoted to her students and expected that they produce their very best at all times. Joan was a deep and profound thinker and yearned to share her thoughts via her creative writing, marveling in parallel sentence structure, idioms, hyperbole and succinct word choice.