Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Winning Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships to Further your Writing or Illustrating Goals

Date(s) - 02/29/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

SCBWI CenCal Webinar

Saturday, February 29, 2020 

10:00 am Pacific Time 

$10 SCBWI Members

$20 Non-Members

This webinar is for authors, illustrators, and author/illustrators at any career stage. Whether you’re looking for funds to take classes, publicize your upcoming book release, or purchase a laptop or art supplies, there are funds out there to help you reach your creative goals. Maybe you just need some time away from the daily grind to concentrate on your project in a tranquil location. The fact is, no matter what creative goals you have in mind, there is probably money out there to help you achieve those goals regardless of your income. Formerly a professional education grant reviewer for the government and currently a children’s writer who funds her pursuits through scholarships and grants, Dr. Christina Gessler has worked both sides of the grant business. She’ll show you the rich diversity of opportunities available, coach you on crafting a winning proposal, and share her information-packed handouts. Can’t make the live webinar? No problem! You can view the recording for up to two weeks after the event. 


Christina Gessler attended college on a writing scholarship—at a school she picked because it was beside the sea and allowed pets (her roommate was a dog named Riley who was BFFs with Ratty, the rodent roommate of the neighbor next door). She went on to graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College and The American University, where she earned a PhD in American Women’s history. She did odd jobs that probably weren’t supposed to be odd (she was a nanny for a newscaster, sold nautical antiques, and was an assistant for a Grammy-winner) and funded her educational and writing pursuits with scholarships, grants and fellowships (which allowed her to do things like travel New England reading the diaries left behind by 19th century New England farm women; and live for a time on an island). She’s worked at museums, as a college professor, and reviewing education grants for the government. She currently lives near the sea with her dog Daisy, where she writes stories for children (pre-published) and poetry (published). She’s still fortunate to win fellowships and grants to further her writing goals. You can find her carting home stacks of books from the library, or walking at the beach.

This event is fully booked.