Because as I see and feel both pain & love, I want and need my experiences to become words that exemplify the beauty in both –
– Natasha Guadalupe
‘The ringing bells of the piragua cart clicked clacked down the cobbled stone streets of Casica Blvd. They chimed the ugly truth that began to penetrate his mind.
It seeped through his skin like the cherry stained lips of school children licking the shaved mountains of ice. Each sparkling flake of snow flying out into the same sun that pressed upon his exposed face- blinding him from focusing on anything other than the past.’
–-Sitting in a restaurant on Ashford Avenue, Condado Puerto Rico. I took this picture while writing this passage from my novel. It felt good.
As much as I would like to say that I am full-time published writer, traveling from one city to the next on book tours, negotiating with producers for movie right deals….Alas no, this is not the case.
I actually work full-time at a university as a grants (federal and private foundation) administrator. I’ve spent the last 8 years of my life cultivating private donors, researching and writing many grant proposals; each in an effort to obtain funds for many great non-profit programs I believe in, many of which work with the communities that mean the most to me… Youth & Teens, HIV/AIDS programs and of course for Artists.
YES, I’ve been able to secure large amounts of funds (yup, a lot of $$) for non-profit organizations and groups over the years.. However, now that I am finally doing what I want to do most I’ve been trying to translate this skill to help myself as a new writer.
Well, it’ has not been easy to say the least. Competition is high and resources are always limited. So in my research and learning this ‘new’ craft of trying to find funding I thought I share some of the things I have found…maybe something that may not work for me may work for you…..
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS: Leave a comment or send email, I will try my best to help. OR if you have info to share GREAT!!!!
WHAT WILL BE LISTED HERE?
- Info on Fellowships
- Info on Grants
- Helpful Links
- Info on Proposal Writing Tips
- Info on Free Writing or Artist Contests
STAY TUNED AN UPDATE WILL BE POSTED SOON on the top Home Page!!
My story takes place in the state of Washington. More specifically Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. I wanted and needed a place that could be detached from the world, both with its physical isolation but also carry a sense of beauty.
Each of these things needed to be overshadowed by a big city in its direct view (Seattle).
Having never visited Washington I needed to familiarize myself with the area. I Googled and printed information on the local high school, where the police station was located and visited numerous realtor web sites and identified my main character’s apartment and layout.
After downloading numerous maps of streets and neighborhoods I said to myself….
1) I need to get my butt over there soon and
2) I need more information.
With that, I made up in my mind that this coming year I will fly out to WA for a few days and two, I decided to pick up the phone and call the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce.
I explained who I was and what I was doing (writing a novel that takes place in your neighborhood) and how I needed some information. The friendly voice on the other line replied “Sure! That sounds exciting, I think I can help”. With that she sent mountains of maps, demographic information, newsletters and special events calendars. I was so excited to open my mail each day until it arrived. A little shy and nervous to call…but I’m very glad I did.
Thank you Bremerton Chambers of Commerce!!