George R.R. Martin Creates Scholarship for Ambitious Worldbuilders

George R.R. Martin Creates Scholarship for Ambitious Worldbuilders

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George R. R. Martin has begun a new quest, but this one’s based in reality. In order to help create and inspire a new generation of authors, the Game of Thrones author has begun funding a scholarship for those with ambitions to create new fantasy worlds, because “these days, the world [has] more need of wonder than ever before”.   Martin’s newly founded annual “Worldbuilder” scholarship will fund one writer to experience the six-week writing course at the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. Clarion West, says Martin, is “one of the longest-running and most successful workshops in the world,” and while …

Rikers Island Inmates Use Poetry to Feel Free Behind Bars

Rikers Island Inmates Use Poetry to Feel Free Behind Bars

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The women who live at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island might be inmates, but they’re also accomplished authors. A small group of women gather together once a week for a writer’s workshop where they are encouraged to write what’s on their mind. The drop-in workshop sees about ten attendees on average, and each hour and a half session begins with a free write, followed by a prompt, and finally, the participants read their work out loud.   The room is small, with bars on the windows, and the women hold golf pencils, as anything larger could be …