Dear Agencies & Publishers,

st29We need diverse books more than ever, particularly #ownvoices stories. Thus we have created the first-ever MG and YA Rainbow Writers Workshop, to be held at the wonderful Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. (More information!)

This weekend-long intensive will connect up-and-coming LGBTQIAP+ writers with authors and publishing professionals, giving them the tools to launch careers and add to the expanding canon of #ownvoices kidlit.

We are working hard to raise scholarship funds so writers from all backgrounds, marginalized identities, and income levels can attend. We Need Diverse Books has generously offered to collect scholarship donations, so they will be tax deductible.

The cost of a full scholarship is $1,400. If you fund a full scholarship, it will bear your name and we will sing your praises! Half scholarships ($700) will bear the names of two contributors. Quarter scholarships ($350) will have listed donors. We are taking donations in any amount—all donations will help launch the careers of LGBTQIAP+ writers!

Donation Instructions:

To donate, go to WeNeedDiverseBooks.org, and click on donate. IMPORTANT: After you enter the donation amount, type: “For the Rainbow Writers Scholarship Fund” in the “Special Instructions” box.

The funding cutoff date is December 1st.

Thank you for your time—and for supporting diverse authors!

Love Wins,

Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy