The Wyoming Writers Conference is held annually. It awards scholarships each year to Wyoming writer applicants. Every year, the number of scholarships change, depending on available funding. Award recipients are provided a conference tuition and a year’s membership to the organization. The scholarships began in 1977 by published author Emmie Mygatt, who moved to the Big Horn Basin in the late 1960’s.
This year the conference had many applicants who applied toward the numerous scholarships, with six scholarships awarded to selected Wyoming writers. This year Wyoming Writers Inc offered a Native American scholarship and a student scholarship, which both had no applicants apply. Outgoing President of the association, Cindy Jackelen, stated, “We would like more students and Native American writers to apply toward our scholarships next year.” The scholarship committee reviews applications on a financial needs basis and provides scholarships to those who the conference would benefit the most.
Wyoming Writers Inc accepts donations throughout the year to assist toward future scholarships; the association feels that there is a need in doing so. The scholarship opening date for the 2019 Wyoming Writers Conference to be held in Laramie, Wyoming is scheduled to open for interested candidates in January of 2019.
This year’s Emmie Mygatt Award went to two selected candidates; Riverton resident Carol Deering who in 2013 was Wyoming Writers President and Chris Williams of Green River who has served as the organization’s president in 2007/08 & 2014/15. She has assisted in drafting and shaping the bylaws of the organization. Following both their presidencies, they have continued to assist and move the organization forward.
Kathy Bjornestad, Wyoming Writers Chairperson of the awards committee stated as she announced and handed out this year’s awards, “As the conference ends and we all go home, let us not forget that we should be supporting each other and celebrating our accomplishments by nominating people and organizations for next year’s awards.”
To donate to the organization or to nominate and apply toward next year’s scholarships, Wyoming Writers, Inc. may by contacted via the website at: https://www.wyowriters.org/.