The Writer's Hotel Sara Patton Writing Stipends
Each year, The Writer's Hotel awards three stipends of $500 to writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We celebrate each of our writers and are pleased to be able to support three writers with this extra distinction. Faculty familiar with manuscripts vote, and final votes are cast in a closed committee process. Teaching Assistants and writers working with us in Private Study are not eligible, and recipients cannot win more than once. All other writers in attendance are automatically entered in the running. There is no application process and we only award these stipends on site, to TWH attending writers. The stipends' namesake, the late great Sara Patton was a TWH attendee and a wonderful writer. We offer these stipends in her name to honor her own brave work as a writer, and to honor her love of writers and writing. We were also inspired by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Scholarships, which are given in the same amount and to writers in the same genres via AWP''s Writers Conferences & Centers (WC&C) group. Because we maintain this membership with WC&C, any writer attending TWH is eligible to enter the WC&C Scholarship Competition as well. We are proud to give these stipends to writers each year via our own sponsorship, in conjunction with donor dollars, where available. Please consider donating below.
This year's fiction stipend was entirely funded by the family of Sara Patton. Thank you so much for your support. On behalf of Sara's relatives in the Parrow family, who generously donated this year to the fiction stipend, we'd like to share their heartfelt sentiment: "We want the recipients to know we support what you do and how you do it. We have a huge respect for you and your courage to open up your thoughts for the world to read and experience. Thank you and congratulations go out to you. Never stop your dreams and always continue with your writing."
Congratulations to The Writer's Hotel 2016 Sara Patton Stipend recipients!
jillian brenner, 2016 SARA PATTON FICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
Jillian Brenner is a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas, where she tripled-majored in Creative Writing, International Relations, and European Studies. Her present work in progress is a collection of nine short stories with features of both magical realism and science fiction. Each story creates a unique world, featuring elements such as clones, shops of memories, and love as a limited resource. Jillian has several novels and children’s books planned. She currently lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she spends most of her time writing.
deborah mouton, 2016 SARA PATTON poetry STIPEND RECIPIENT
Deborah ”D.E.E.P.” Mouton is an internationally known poet/vocalist/songwriter. She published her first poetry anthology, Heartstrings and Lamentations, at the age of 19. She is a seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor and the Head Coach of the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. She has traveled across the continent writing, performing, and leading workshops. The Women of the World Poetry Slam (Poetry Slam Inc.) ranked her the #2 performer in 2008. She was a selected Juried Poet at the Houston Poetry Festival (2012), a finalist in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (2013) and a finalist in the Individual World Poetry Slam (2015). Her work can be found on Button Poetry, Blavity, Upworthy, in the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, Wicked Banshee Press and Alight and on YouTube performing at various slams, as she appears here at Bayou City Slam 2014.
MAI LAUREN HOANG, 2016 SARA PATTON NONFICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
Mai Lauren Hoang is a writer living in New York, where she has worked at magazines such as Ms., Glamour and World Press Review. A former reporter, her articles have appeared in news outlets such as The Washington Post.
Born in Vietnam and raised in California, she has recently completed a family memoir.
Photo credit: John DeVore.