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.
Congratulations to The Writer's Hotel 2017 Sara Patton Stipend recipients!
lyndsie manusos, 2017 SARA PATTON FICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
LYNDSIE MANUSOS' fiction has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Apex Magazine, PANK, A Cappella Zoo and other notable publications. Her work of flash fiction, "Clean Team" won 2017 Write to Publish Contest by Ooligan Press in partnership with The Masters Review. She was a shortlist finalist for the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writers contest and a finalist in the 2017 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction contest.
Lyndsie holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her present work in progress is a collection short stories titled Encyclopedia of the Unexplained. Split into four parts and cataloging the variety of the unknown, the collection includes stories about the dangers of wishing a child from the grave, captive marionettes, the ghosts from our past, and the complexities of grief in proximity to death. Lyndsie is also at work on a novel-in-stories set in a winter-themed amusement park in the Chain O' Lakes area of northwest Illinois. She currently lives and works in Chicago and serves as web producer for The Poetry Foundation.
claudia M. wilson, 2017 SARA PATTON poetry STIPEND RECIPIENT
CLAUDIA M. WILSON is a poet & social worker who lives and plays in Boston, MA. She has featured at various venues in Boston & Ohio such as Writer's Block, Cantab Lounge, Fazenda Queer Reading, & The Oberon. Claudia's present work in progress is a collection of poems about her coming of age in foster care while living in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a part of the House Slam Poetry Community in Boston and works actively to build black & queer spaces with the writing community there. Claudia studied English & Black Literature at The Ohio State University and is a 2017 VONA Graduate.
christine kalafus, 2017 SARA PATTON NONFICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
CHRISTINE KALAFUS is a writer, editor, teacher, and addicted home remodeler. A published essayist, she recently completed her first book, the memoir Blueprint for Daylight. She is also a storyteller, performing to live audiences in Boston regularly. Her storytelling performance, “I Hear You Make Cakes,” was selected by The Moth for its national podcast.
Since 2014, Christine has been spearheading free writing workshops in her community including those for female cancer survivors. She lives in the wilds of northeast Connecticut in a dilapidated farmhouse that needs her.