A lot of people think that writers make a lot of money. 99% of us don’t. So to fund your writing habit, you’re going to need a little financial assistance. There are grants for writers in need as well as scholarships for writers to attend writers conferences so they can work on their craft. I have listed a few below because an exhaustive list would take too long, and doing a search for “scholarships for writers” or “grants for writers” will provide you with a list of options that you can filter through to find the ones that suit your needs.
Scholarships to writer’s conferences include:
The Writer’s Workshop at Chautauqua in upstate New York.
The SCBWI winter and summer conferences in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.
The Taos Summer Writers Conference in New Mexico.
The South Coast Writer’s Conference in Oregon.
The Backspace Writer’s Conference in New York City.
Grants for writers in need are available from:
The Haven Foundation, set up by Stephen King for freelance writers who have been injured through no fault of their own.
National Endowment for the Arts has a variety of grants such as the Creative Writing Fellowship for $25,000
The PEN American Center has a fund for writers facing a financial emergency.
Many other grants are available some from your home state. Do a search for “writers grants [your home state]”.
Another good resource for grants is C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers.
Good luck, guys!