Financial Assistance for AWA Training

Applications are currently closed for financial assistance.

All applications will be considered at once and aid for the year will be awarded after that. The application form for 2025 AWA Training Scholarship Applications will open this Fall.

AWA is not an endowed non-profit. We have limited ability to offer financial aid. However, we hope to include those writers whose voices traditional institutions have ignored, neglected or excluded. To fulfill our mission, we must nurture economic and racial diversity in our community.

In our 2024 training season, we awarded 12 scholarships from the following funds:

  • The Kate Hymes Scholarship. We reserve space in every training for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) trainees who need financial assistance.
  • The Lane Goddard Scholarship. These funds go to others who need aid to attend the training and who have transformative aspirations for themselves or their intended workshop populations.
  • The Mary Simmerling Survivors’s Voices Scholarship: To support training and workshops for survivors of sexual violence. Funded by an initial $500 donation in honour of Thomas Epting’s mother, Cynthia Hanegan, who did not survive to tell her story.

If you’re interested in receiving aid, please submit the standard application for the training you’re most interested in and then fill out our financial aid request form. If you’re not able to afford the $500 deposit before knowing about aid, we understand. You can choose “pay offline” to submit your application without a payment.


If you’d like to support our efforts to provide financial assistance, we welcome and celebrate your donations! Thank you for your generosity.