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Scholarship Review Committee

Austin Bat Cave is committed to the idea that everyone should have access to high-quality writing workshops. Our adult courses help fund our programs for kids, many of which are tuition-free, and allow us to pay our adult writing instructors for their time. ABC is pleased to provide scholarships to those demonstrating financial need. A limited number of spots in each adult workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate, which give participants up to 75% off tuition fees. In addition, we are happy to work with individuals on arranging a payment plan.

Students in one of Austin Bat Cave’s adult writing workshops!

Scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis, and each application is reviewed by multiple committee members before a decision is made. We strive to make a decision on scholarships within 3-4 weeks of when an application is received, and no less than one week before a course begins.

You may apply for a scholarship by going here. For more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

Scholarship Committee Members

Syed Ali Haider is the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave. While living in Texas, he has run summer writing camps and taught workshops in Austin and Corpus Christi. His writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Cimarron Review, and Juked.

Emily Chammah is the Development Associate of Austin Bat Cave. In 2019, as a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing, she conducted research for a novel in Amman, Jordan. She is an assistant editor at American Short Fiction, where she co-organizes The Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers in Texas. 

Sindya Bhanoo is a recent graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. She has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Industry Standard, and currently serves on Austin Bat Cave’s Board of Directors. 

Lauren Lluveras was a 2017/2018 public voices fellow who has written editorial pieces for The Conversation, Vice, and Teen Vogue. Currently, Lauren is a PhD student at UT Austin’s department of African & African Diaspora Studies.

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows You Go Home, which won an International Latino Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine. Born in Lima, Peru, she came to the US at age four and grew up in South Florida, Central Florida, and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and is now a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University. Sylvester’s work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, McSweeney’s Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman. Her debut YA novel, Running, is forthcoming in spring 2020 from Clarion Books/HMH.

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