Bao Phi

Watermark will host an informational session regarding the Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. Leading the meeting will be Bao Phi, program director for The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, which sponsors the grant.

The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant seeks to provide financial support and professional assistance to beginning writers across the state. Past grant winners represent a variety of genres, from fiction to memoir, poetry, and children’s books.

Money from this grant can be applied towards many different needs. Examples include hiring an editor or publicist, paying tuition for non-accredited writing courses and residencies, or covering travel costs for research. The grant can also help with unpaid work releases if applicants are taking time off to write, for which money can be requested to cover typical living expenses, including childcare or groceries. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the sum that meets their individual needs and projects, for up to $10,000.

The informational session, held in Watermark’s Main Gallery, will be an informal presentation and Q&A session to help interested writers best prepare for the application process. You can find further details on our 2015 Spoken Word page.

The Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant is a tremendous opportunity for area writers and Watermark is pleased to assist in spreading the word. The meeting will be a time of networking and visiting in addition to information, with coffee provided. Whether you have a project in mind or would just like to hear about this grant opportunity, please join us at Watermark on March 16th!

Attendance is free but please pre-register by sending an email to