#38Write: Win, Win, Win A Scholarship to September’s #38Write

#38Write—my global writing initiative—is a monthly series of online writing adventure workshops for place-passionate, culturally curious writers around the world. Each writing adventure focuses on one particular aspect of craft or the writing life (for example, writing kick-butt descriptions), and during each 38-hour adventure, writers connect with me and #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag and a group Pinterest board. In the August workshop, we had 16 writers in 8 countries.

Big news!

I’m giving away one scholarship for the September #38Write writing workshop! Yep, one lucky writer or aspiring writer will get to take the workshop for free.

The workshop will take place on September 29–30, and the theme is “Square Peg, Round Hole?” To learn more about the workshop, click here and here.

Folks all around the world are encouraged to enter the #38Write contest.

Here’s the scoop…

How to Enter

Leave a comment below telling why you’re the perfect candidate for this scholarship. Perhaps a quick story about a place or culture with which you’ve connected deeply OR a place or culture with which you’ve disconnected completely. Make a list of all the places you’ve lived or write a description of the place where you’ve lived all your life. Tell me why you’re interested in the workshop. Or… (you get the picture)

I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday, September 26. You may leave comments until then. (only one comment per person)

AND…please be sure to leave an email address OR check back on Wednesday to see if you’ve won!

Who Can Enter

You quality if:

  • You’ve NEVER taken a #38Write workshop before. (If you’ve EVER taken a #38Write workshop, you may not enter the contest.)
  • You are able to write in English. (English might be your second, third, or fourth language. Perfectly fine.)
  • You can commit to the September 29–30 weekend.

Details, Details

  • You can’t transfer this scholarship to another #38Write. Nope, not for any reason…not illness, a dental appointment, a wacky travel schedule, a sick kiddo, an unexpected jail term, a Nobel Prize, etc. The winner must take the September #38Write (September 29–30).

What Are Writers Writing in #38Write?

Ooh, such good, good stuff (both fiction and nonfiction):

  • Here’s a sampling from August’s #38Write (Peregrination).
  • In the July #38Write (Structure), I asked writers to define culture without using any external resources (dictionary, thesaurus, Internet, friends, etc.). Here’s what some of them wrote

What Are Writers Saying About #38Write?

  • “I entered 38Write timidly and came out confident.” (Anita C., U.S.)
  • “And what I love the most is that the writing exercises and Pinterest board make me look at stories, people, and places from different perspectives. They make me think of the whole craft behind the beautiful words on the paper.” (Maria C., U.K.)
  • “…thanks to Kristin I am inspired to continue to find that voice and explore the world of written expression once again.” (Lisa T., Belgium)
  • “…unbeatable cultural connection—writing perspectives from Belgium to Turkey!” (Meena V., U.S.)
  • “To focus, for one weekend a month, on some particular way of tackling ‘place’ has been a perfect way to hone my skills, get some inspiration, and learn from Kristin as well as the other fascinating participants.” (Jennifer L., South Korea)
  • To read lots more from #38Write writers, click here.

Unique Aspects of #38Write

  • It all happens in a weekend.
  • #38Write is a marvelously global workshop, with writers in South Korea, Australia, Belgium, the U.K., China, and many more countries.
  • The workshop has a strong social media aspect. Writers in the workshop connect via both Twitter and Pinterest. (Some writers in the workshop choose some or none of the social media engagement; it’s up to each individual.)
  • You get solid feedback from me, an author with an MFA degree, nearly 20 years as a writing workshop instructor, and almost five years of experience as an expat in China.

How I’ll Choose the Winner

  • I’ll be using the highly scientific method of putting into a hat the names of all folks who comment and having my four-year-old reach in and pull a name. (Time and time again, this method has proven to be fail-safe under the most extraordinary conditions. You can depend on my four-year-old.)
  • Again, this will happen on Wednesday, September 26. Don’t dilly-dally.

Spread the Word

  • Please spread the word about the scholarship! Tweet about it. Put it on your Facebook page. Share it in your blog.


This is a great opportunity to try something new as a writer. Hope to see your comment below!


8 Responses to #38Write: Win, Win, Win A Scholarship to September’s #38Write

  1. When I stepped off the plane Greece kissed me on the forehead. My first trip was over a decade ago, and there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t pine for it.
    Language that makes perfect sense to me; solid, simple food; robust gestures; sweat, turmoil, and celebrations for centuries.

    There is a comforting dust on the island of Santorini that collects on bare feet. It’s a white dust, finer than any powder, from the cool marble floors. The bottom of your feet get dirty-white. There’s no other dust like it anywhere else in the world.

  2. When I put my camera between me and Tokyo, what I see through it seems to change and shift my own perceptions of the city. The colors are more saturated, the place itself just a bit more strange through being confined to a frame. But when I access it with words, something else is available to me: something at once both more and less. Less visual, certainly; it’s very hard to describe a world that I oftentimes don’t even have the vocabulary to name. And with just as much certainty it’s something more– something I feel, taste, smell, touch, love. It’s the place that’s been my home the majority of my adult life, and a place that’s seen me change more than any other.

    I’d love to spend the weekend of the 29th and 30th exploring my city this way with you, though I can see through the other comments that anyone who wins will love the process. All my best to everyone here!

  3. And the winner is…Paige!! (Paige, hopefully you check back here to find out that you’ve won. When you do, please send me an email! The workshop is this coming weekend.)

    Wanda and Dee Ann, thanks so much for sharing your stories and your desire to write them. I hope you consider signing up for the workshop anyway. It’s a wonderful experience. You can sign up through mid-day on Friday.

    Happy writerhead, all!

    • Oh, yay! Thank you! I’ll be in touch by email when I’m back at my laptop rather than on my phone. Looking forward to it!