WritingRome Scholarship


Win drastically reduced tuition for the 2017 workshop: April 23–29

“Pay it forward,” Susan E. Tifft explained: “Teaching others is our ‘thank you’ note to those who helped us.”

In 2001, I met this extraordinary journalist and educator at the American Academy in Rome. We sipped bellinis, scootered around the city and stuffed hundreds of envelopes to promote an Aristophanes’ play. She convinced me not to start an artists’ colony in a Scottish castle (a daft, daft idea, in retrospect). During my divorce, she volunteered her home – and her little black book – to kickstart a new life. I owe her so much, both personally and professionally. Tifft — a chronicler of The New York Times dynasty — died of uterine cancer nine years later. But her inspiration only grows stronger.

– Amanda Castleman
Lead instructor, WritingRome and the Travel Writing Master Class


Our 2017 essay-writing competition opens today. The winner will receive deeply discounted tuition – two-thirds off – our April 23–29 travel writing and photography workshop in Italy’s capital.

Please submit entries for the Susan Tifft Scholarship by February 28, 2017, to scholarship@writingrome.com. Email a 500-word essay, explaining why you need, want or desperately deserve this fee break.

Include your full name, email and postal addresses, and phone numbers on a cover letter. We only accept supplementary links: portfolio websites or up to five URLs of relevant text or photos. Any extraneous material may result in disqualification. WritingRome will announce the results on March 3, 2017.

The winner will receive a tuition waiver, paying just the $400 deposit, rather than the early bird rate of $1,250 or the usual $1,500. He or she is still responsible for airfare, transport, accommodations and incidentals, including meals outside those covered by the course. (Tip: past participants on a budget took cross-European buses and couch-surfed to help keep costs down.)

Note: Eager students should enroll ASAP: our small courses fill quickly. We can not guarantee space to any contestants, except the winner and those who have paid a deposit. And, yes, you may reserve a spot and still apply for the blind-judged contest!

Eligibility: employees, clients and relatives of WritingRome and its core teaching team are not eligible for this competition. The scholarship will not be awarded if the class fails to reach its four-person quorum.


The 2008 scholarship went to Monika Senegul-Jones, who moved to Budapest after completing a masters at the Central European University. “I wanted to write, live abroad, and be out of context,” Jones explains. Now a PhD candidate with UC San Diego, she’s a visiting graduate researcher at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication 2014–16. Senegul-Jones is also Co-Managing Editor of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, an open-source academic journal.