#38Write: Win, Win, Win a Scholarship to November’s Writing Workshop

#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. Join us!

Big news!

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

The workshop will take place on November 3–4, and the theme is “Habits” To learn more about the workshop, click here and here.

Folks all around the world are encouraged to enter the #38Write scholarship contest. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can take this writing workshop.

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)

Please don’t just say, “Pick me! Pick me!” Tell me (and the world) why you.

I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday, October 31. 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’ve NEVER won a scholarship for a #38Write writing workshop.
  • You are able to write in English. (English might be your second, third, or fourth language. Perfectly fine.)
  • You can commit to the November 3–4 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 November #38Write (November 3–4).

What Are Writers Writing in #38Write?

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

  • Here’s a sampling from August’s #38Write (Peregrination).
  • And a sampling from September’s #38Write (Square Peg, Round Hole?).
  • 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. 38 hours.
  • #38Write is a global workshop, with writers in South Korea, Australia, Belgium, the U.K., China, Chile, France, 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, October 31. 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.


14 Responses to #38Write: Win, Win, Win a Scholarship to November’s Writing Workshop

  1. I juggle cultural nuances both at home and in public every day. I was born in the United States but immigrated to Switzerland where I married a Swiss man. And we now live in the Middle East, where our children attend a German school. My friends come from all over the world, from Brazil to Egypt. It’s a lot of nuance to keep straight. I use my writing to help me do that and to inspire others.

  2. After coming to Japan to teach English for a little while, I became seriously ill, had to quit teaching, and during all the resulting downtime I had while I was healing, I turned back to writing. Finishing school, teaching English, getting engaged and subsequently married, among other distractions took me away from my true passion before then.

    So I signed up for a writing class and got my groove back. Then I set out to blog and write everything I could about Japan, although it has mostly been practical, “how-to” writing.

    A couple years of doing that and then having a baby has made me realize that I’m missing that creative part of me in my work. I’ve read about the #38write workshops before and have been following your blog, but our family is in a tight financial situation, and despite my working weekends and late into the night during the week after my husband comes home, we’re still stuck, at least until I can get more paying work and my husband can find a better paying job. So I would be ecstatic to get a scholarship to take part in the November workshop.

    I know taking part in something like this would help give me the confidence to rediscover and bring out my creative side, so I can push forward in my writing and hopefully move past just writing “how-tos” all the time. I know I’m meant to write about more than that.

  3. My mother was once a nun. I gazed at the brittle black-and-white photo of her and a fellow novice in their stiff white habits – starched smiles and wimples – and wonder about her other life.

    After we emigrated to the UK, we made habitual family trips to her old home, each time swelled by another addition, until we plateaued at six. I loved the calm, unhurried orderliness of the convent and it’s inhabitants, the benign smiles of the sisters, the simplicity of the wood-panelled reception room whose spacious proportions served our playing and dining needs while Sister Germaine saw to her commitments before joining us.

    I remember the reproduction of Da Vinci’s Last Supper hanging above the long dining table whose white linen tablecloth mirrored the table in the picture, and was all the more authentic for it’s reverent surroundings but let down by the questionable table-manners of some of it’s younger occupants. I doubted the disciples ever spilt anything.

    When my youngest sister was old enough, our family joined the rest of the convent at long wooden tables in the refectory, where we ate in an atmosphere of quiet serenity and Sister Germaine conspiratorially whispered to us the importance of acknowledging gratitude and respect for our meal.

    Gradually, the regularity of our visits established a familiarity with the halls, kitchens, gardens and surrounding lanes of the convent. We even overnighted in St Davids Lodge, a cottage kept for outsiders on residential retreat. I felt calm saturate me to my marrow as we drove up the avenue, the steady line of trees on each side giving the impression of entering into an embrace. It’s only now, I look back and see that we were also entering a different culture, an insulated bubble within the larger alien culture of middle England…

  4. Disconnection. Alienation. Separation. Never could I have imagined the sense of loneliness that I’ve had since I moved to Sweden 3 years ago. At first glance Sweden and Canada seem quite similar, Sweden perhaps the more stylish and organized older cousin, the one who “has it all together”. However the more time I spend here the more obvious it is that I don’t belong, and never will.

    While alienation is painful, this experience has transformed me into someone who knows what she thinks and is OK with sticking out, with people not “liking” me or “getting” me, with being myself at all costs. I have a much stronger sense of who I am, because I have figured out who I am not.

    Writing for me is a newfound mode of self-expression and coping, a way for me to make sense of my experience, connect with others, and extract meaning. This experience, so full of raw feeling, awareness, and transformation makes me believe its worth sharing.

    I want to take the workshop to develop my skills, connect with like-minded people, and make a commitment to writing 🙂

    Here’s to being transformed by transformation!

    med vänliga hälsningar,


  5. Everyone in the U.P. is one step away from a yard sale. And growing up any farther north in Michigan would have put me in Canada, eh?

    Early in my life, I knew that I didn’t belong in that cold, culturally barren land. Yet, I had no idea where I did belong. But I was sure it wasn’t in a small, small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. On a farm, and with a mom who hated shopping. Though, in her defense, who would have liked shopping if your most chic main street store was F. W. Woolworth? With a lunch counter.

    Disconnect? Maybe. But, I can only say that if, in fact, there was a connection in the first place.

  6. Hi my name is Yvet, 23 years and currently I am living in Shanghai. I am here for one month now and I love it here! I am here for my study doing 5 months internship in a baby and children boutique where I am responsible for the marketing of the company.
    I am from the Netherlands, studying international business and management and I have been for my previous study in German which was very nice but there is not really a cultural difference. And that is what I like about the Chinese culture, I arrived at the end of September 2012 so I brand new in the city but until now I am in love at the culture and the city! I love to write and that all my stories are interesting to read because most of the time I write I am.. I did… and would love to improve that.
    After this #38writing workshop I would like to start my first blog (I created one already but did not find the courage to start it) and write about all my experience here in Shanghai and the rest of the world which will follow!

    • Hello Yvet! Love seeing a brand-new “Shanghai-er” here and a soon-to-be blogger. (Curious to hear which boutique you’re interning with…I used to frequent Lollipop & MotherCare in Shanghai.)

      I’ll be announcing the winner later today! Pop back in to see who wins. Good luck!

  7. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories. I wish I could offer a scholarship to each of you, but I had to pick one winner. (Well, my four-year-old picked a winner…plucked a name from my Halloween alien helmet/hat/headwear.)

    And the winner is…

    Yvet Bosma in Shanghai, China!

    Yvet…please email me as soon as possible. It’s time to get to work!

    (And Christine, Ashley, Aisha, Pamela, and Wendy…please consider registering for the workshop. Your stories are all compelling…so much to be told.)