2018 Conference Scholarships

2018 Emmie Mygatt Memorial Scholarships Available

The Emmie Mygatt Memorial Scholarship Fund (MSF) awards scholarships each year to a few Wyoming writers, providing Wyoming Writers, Inc. conference tuition and one year’s membership dues to writers with financial needs.

The MSF began in 1977 with a donation of $500 from Emmie Mygatt, a published author who moved to Big Horn from the east coast in the late ‘60s. She taught a creative writing class at Sheridan College. Emmie was leader of, and advisor to, a group which evolved into the Sheridan Range Writers. She envisioned a statewide writers’ organization and encouraged her group to start one, which they did in June 1974 – Wyoming Writers, Inc.

Emmie was a kind, caring and lovely lady who believed writers could live anywhere. She urged others believe it as well, helped writers to learn their craft, and encouraged us all to help each other. When she knew she was dying in 1977, Emmie gave the donation to be, “joyously spent for an unusual opportunity approved by all.” With great foresight and with Emmie’s blessing, the Board created the Emmie Mygatt Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Each year, the number of scholarships changes depending on funds available and the number of applications received.

Donations to the fund can be made at any time. Over 60 scholarships have been awarded in the years since 1978. Although WW, Inc. members receive first preference, non-members may also apply.

This year, Wyoming Writers would like to award at least one scholarship to any student enrolled in a public school or college, and another to a Native American. Members of all ages are encouraged to apply for a general scholarship. Please follow the simple rules: Interested writers should write a letter of application that includes a demonstration of need and explanation of how the conference might help further their writing craft. Send letters to:

Scholarship Chair Kathy Bjornestad at scholarship@wyowriters.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 1276, Sundance, WY 82729. Postmark deadline is April 30, 2018. Questions? Contact Kathy at 307-290-0576.