Linda Addison, HWA Board of Trustees
Any organization should balance what it takes in by giving back to the community, whether it operates to make a profit or not. There are many ways to support others: financial, through knowledge, through mentoring, etc.
HWA is a non-profit organization. When you pay your membership fee you are giving back, even if you don’t know it. Here are some of the ways HWA is adding value to the creative community:
Annual Program of Scholarships
(Membership in HWA is not a requirement for these.)
Scholarship From Hell
This scholarship covers the cost of airfare, hotel room, registration to StokerCon, and as many workshops as you’d like to attend.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship & the HWA Scholarship
Two $2500 scholarships to assist in the professional development of our female Members as horror writers.
Dark Poetry Scholarship
One $1250 scholarship, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship. Anyone with an interest in writing horror/dark fantasy poetry may apply.
Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Nonfiction Writing
Provides grants for research and writing nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature (the amount is flexible).
Young Adults Write Now endowment program
Provides up to five endowments of $500 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. The program is currently open to United States libraries, but will be expanded in the future to include other countries, as part of the HWA’s global presence.
Libraries and Literacy
Projects are run to promote reading and young adult literacy. There is now a separate HWA Web section for Librarians. A $5000 donation was made and HWA became a sponsor of Literacy Inc., which works with underprivileged high school kids in the south to provide them with e-readers and motivational speakers.
Every year, the Mentor Program is divided into two four-month sessions: January through April, and June through September. This program benefits both the mentee and mentor as growth comes from teaching, also.
Thanks to increased membership and more members donating, HWA can make loans to several members in need.
Working with Authors Registry, which distributes unclaimed secondary-rights monies coming from the UK and Holland, we were able to direct outstanding payments to members.
Our formal relationship with Writers Beware (in conjunction with SFWA) enables members to more effectively monitor predatory practices and operators—and to give them an effective channel to report predatory practices and operators.
As a creator, with the pull of life, making a living, etc. you may not be able to volunteer time with HWA, but as a paying member, you are giving back to the membership and the creative community at large and for that you should feel good.