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The Momoir Project Scholarship Offers Chance to Win an Online Writing Course


For those of you who have always wanted to learn to write your stories of motherhood, but can't afford the Momoir classes, here's your chance. The Momoir Project is offering its first-ever scholarship to two deserving moms.

The scholarship is open to any moms who want to join the fall online session of Writing for Moms. The classes run for 6 sessions, spread over 12 weeks and will introduce you to the basics of writing a good memoir. Through readings, in-class writing assignments and sharing your stories with other moms, you will connect with other moms, get inspired and learn a lot about yourself.

You must legitimately not be able to afford the classes, and be able to articulate why. You do not qualify if you have already paid for the classes, or if you've been a student before. Winners will be chosen based on need and the quality of the writing in your essay.

Entry requirements:
All you need to do is write a personal essay explaining why you want to write and why you can't afford the classes. Only those essays posted as a comment to this blog will be considered. Deadline is: August 30. Winners will be announced on September 5, by email. Only those who win will be contacted.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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Since l980, I used writing primarily to promote my one woman children’s shows, then years later to help mitigate my long drawn out separation and custody battle with my ex-husband. By early 2000, when my older son Nathaniel reached high school, it became apparent that he needed my help with his English courses. I never hesitated to come to his aid by editing his essays and helping his writing compositions flow. My son was always grateful for my input, as his writing homework was nothing more than an irritating chore for him. By Nathaniel’s last year of high school and my younger son Lee’s first year, I finally admitted to myself that I had an ulterior motive for helping them both out with their assignments. I was really enjoying the writing process. This turning point inspired me to write my own stories, finding this new love additive, cathartic and nurturing to my soul. Though I have written many stories which have encompassed my childhood, friendships, pets and relationships, writing stories about motherhood is still one of my favourite topics, keeping my boys close to my heart. After completing a few stories, I reached out to authors of different short story anthology books (including ‘Between Interruptions’) hoping to get some of my work published. Unfortunately I haven’t had much success with these book series but it hasn’t hindered my writing. On the contrary I am determined to keep trying. My ultimate goal is to have my work published in various inspirational anthologies as well as in other types of publications. The main obstacle for me at this time is that my funds are limited. After 20 years of performing and touring my shows, I developed a chronic back problem, forcing me off the stage. For the last 10 years I’ve been working part time as a freelance theatre arts teacher in various schools in the Kingston area. I love sharing my theatre skills (creative drama, mime, mask, clown, circus skills etc.) with elementary school children but due to school budgets my work is limited. My chronic back pain (mostly arthritic) restricts my everyday life so I am incapable of taking on another part time job to supplement my income. On the plus side, I find writing to be very therapeutic. As my mind and soul are occupied, I am distracted from my pain, while I am totally immersed in painting pictures with words. I believe that my writing has room for improvement and that participating in the online Momoir course will help me further my writing for myself and potential readers. I would love to win this scholarship! Dalia Gesser
I was admitted to Honors English my freshman year of high school. It was an all-girls, Catholic school with spring (pastel, shirt waist dress) and winter (plaid skirt, white blouse, blue blazer and navy, knee-high socks) uniforms. Posh. The school contrasted sharply with my neighborhood. My mom, brother, sister and I lived in a squat, 2-bedroom apartment building - a garden apartment with no garden. The honors English teacher, Sister Sharon, was the best teacher I'd ever had. We read D.H.Lawrence, "The Lottery" and Shakespeare. When the teacher realized "the man upstairs" in my stories was the handsome, black, teenager who lived on the 3rd floor of my apartment building, and not Jesus, I was out. I've always wondered if, given the opportunity, I could have developed as a writer. I can't afford the class because I made the "classic mistake". Supported my husband through grad school and beyond, resigned from my career to be a full-time Mom and, now, am in the midst of a costly divorce.
Hi there, Thanks for your entries, but they needed to be submitted to the Momoir blog at If you go to the site, you can subscribe and then you'll be alerted to future calls for scholarships. Thanks so much for your applications and for sharing your stories. Hope to write with you some day.... Cori Howard The Momoir Project
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