From August 4-6, 2022, the 33rd Annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (MCWC) will feature the Conference’s first Mystery Workshop, taught by Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara, a Master Class of Memories taught by Faith Adiele, and a short fiction workshop led by Jean Chen Ho, author of the critically acclaimed debut short story collection fiona and jane. With a strong public safety plan in place, the Conference plans to return to its in-person format in Mendocino and Fort Bragg for the first time since 2019.
The MCWC 2022 faculty also includes authors Ayize Jama-Everett, Pablo Cartaya and Lydia Kiesling, poets Claudia Castro Luna and Anastacia-Reneé, and literary agent Jonah Straus. The conference will conclude with a keynote address by Karen Tei Yamashita, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The full program, which includes morning workshops, afternoon crafts, editorial seminars, and open-air evening readings, can be viewed at http://mcwc.org.
Scholarship applications to attend MCWC 2022 are now open. For the first time, the scholarships will include accommodation in addition to tuition. Special scholarships are available for high school students in Mendocino County, who are strongly encouraged to apply. Writers of all ages and experience levels can apply by visiting http://mcwc.org/scholarships-2022. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early March. General registration will open to the public on March 15, 2022. With the exception of scholarship applications and for the Juried Master Class, a writing sample is not required for registration.
“With our fellowships, we aim to make the conference accessible to writers from diverse backgrounds, reward writing of outstanding merit, and encourage writers of all levels to share their work and find a literary community,” says executive director MCWC’s Lisa Locascio Nighthawk. Certain scholarships are designated specifically for writers from underrepresented groups based on age, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, social or cultural background, and financial need. A new scholarship, the Thank You Healthcare Workers Scholarship, will be awarded to a writer who has worked in healthcare for the past two years. Nurses, doctors, stretcher bearers and any other members of this vital sector are encouraged to apply.
Locascio Nighthawk adds, “We especially want to encourage local writers to apply and come for a taste of a world-class literary gathering where they can meet other writers and get valuable feedback on their writing. We have scholarships for Mendocino County high school students (grades 9-12), as well as first-time MCWC attendees and those who have never attended a writers’ conference. And it would be wonderful to be able to award the Thank You Healthcare Workers Scholarship to a writer from the Mendocino Coast!”
Scholarship evaluation categories are organized by submission genre, including Novel, Short Fiction, Middle Grade/Young Adult, Poetry, Memoir, Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction, and Mystery categories. All applications will be considered for all possible scholarships, and all applicants may register for the Conference, regardless of the outcome of their scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, as determined by a diverse panel of local judges, to a recipient who meets the eligibility criteria for that scholarship.
Numerous COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved in MCWC 2022. These include indoor mask wearing, outdoor dining, and proof of vaccination for all participants and staff. teacher. Additional measures may be implemented in accordance with state and county guidelines.
On Sunday, January 30, 2022, MCWC will also launch the second edition of its online literary magazine, the Noyo Review (https://noyoreview.org), featuring the work of 2021 conference participants including Brenda Yeager, Chital Mehta, Jack Foraker, and Monya Baker. Noyo’s review is the latest version of the literary magazine that the Conference has published in various guises since the early 1990s. Its new online incarnation is the Mendocino Coast’s premier literary magazine, edited by members of the MCWC community, under creative direction by Jasper Nighthawk and featuring the work of many local writers. The reading party and launch of the new issue will be held at 4 pm (Pacific time) via Zoom.
For more information on scholarships, faculty 2022 or to register on the Noyo Review launch, visit mcwc.org. Questions may also be directed to MCWC Operations Manager Alexander Matthews at email@example.com or Lisa Locascio Nighthawk in firstname.lastname@example.org.