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Previous Scholarship Winners

Change the story. Change the culture.


Annette Carrara

  • Recipient of Moms@Work Scholarship for working moms who need time to write.

  • Screenwriter of The Night Letter, the true story of a Texas housewife who saves the life of an Afghan foreign exchange student.

  • Optioned to Paulo de Oliveira, producer of the Highlander series.

I'm finally getting my work, and more importantly, my message out there, and it wouldn't have happened without the opportunity and mentoring I received at the Summit.

Bailey Patterson

  • Founders Award winner.

  • Screenwriter of Influencers, a  satirical thriller based on the often-toxic nature of social media.

  • Optioned to Mark Ordesky, producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It has been amazing to have professionals believe in you. The Summit has shown me how to take an important theme ( i.e. balancing social media rather than being controlled by it) and weaving it into an entertaining storyline.

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Edwina-Joe Kamara

  • Amy Ferris Scholarship winner.

  • Author of Lily, a novella about the friendship between a black girl and a white girl set in the 1970s.

  • College of New Jersey's Peter Wood Creative Writing Award.

The Storyteller Foundation has opened up many fantastic opportunities for me to grow as a writer even while I was still completing my undergraduate degree. My mentor was integral in helping me realize anyone at any age is welcome to learn and thrive in their passion for storytelling.

Susan Hunter

  • Recipient of Dream-On Scholarship for writers 50 years of age or older.

  • Author of 77 Letters, a book about the unlikely bond developed through the correspondence between a white middleclass housewife and a black American soldier during the Vietnam War.

  • Featured twice in The New York Times.

This feeling of community inspired me to shake off any lingering doubts and dive into this new space leading me to realize a life-long goal and hopefully heal countless hearts and souls as a result. 


Jocelyn Jones

  • Recipient of the best non-fiction award for a manuscript.

  • Published her book, Artist, through Goodspeed Press in February 2022.

"Jones urges readers to tune out the noise and connect to inner truths . . .
A practical and upbeat guide to living a creative life through spiritual awakening… Artists of all kinds will find inspiration in this guide to knowing and expressing yourself." – Publishers Weekly



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