“2003 Hollywood winner Britt Penrod writing his screenplay”
“2004 Winner Australian Mary Walsh writing her screenplay”
Words can not express all the wonderful transitions and discoveries that have happened to me while I was at the magical Wye Cottage in New Zealand. I am so lucky to have had this life-changing experience. What a heartfelt experience I had.
I am now on page 85 of my script “Custody of Connie.” It is really coming alive and I will be through in a week at the most and then refine it. The energy of the cottage and the countryside were very helpful in my writing. ---Ellen Gerstein, actor/writer/teacher
As one of the very lucky recipients of the New Zealand writer’s grant, I want to tell the world about the wonderful experiences I enjoyed during my recent stay. New Zealand by itself, is an island paradise, and the Wye cottage, built in 1910, is an enchanted home full of warm, loving memories, furniture and a cheery pot belly stove in the living room.
Rustic and lovely, the cherry blossom trees in the garden compete in their beauty with the rest of the fabulous garden, full of native flower and plants in brilliant colors. Surrounded on all sides by sheep ranches, waking up to the baaing of sheep and the chirping of birds is a common occurrence. The Wye cottage with it's lovely views, comfortable beds, and it's amazing hostess, Carole, is a perfect place for writers, there is no place on this earth closer to spirit and the muse. The people in New Zealand are the nicest in the world, the countryside, breathtaking. If you win this grant, consider yourself one of the luckiest people in the world. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a life changing experience. Like the giver of the grant itself, the Wye cottage is magical.--
Jacqueline Frazier, screenwriter/sound engineer.
ROY W. DEAN WRITING GRANT FINALISTS
2007 Winner Richard Kaufman
2006 Winner Ellen Gerstein
2005 Winner for 2005 Jacqueline Frazier for Tainted Presidency
Win a return ticket to New Zealand and stay in the Wye Cottage in the Wairau Valley on the South island just outside of Blenheim.
I originally created the writing grant because I love the Wye Cottage. I find it a magical place to collect my thoughts and I wrote 2 books there. But, after sending people to New Zealand for 7 years I find that it’s not really about writing, it’s about you and where you are in your life. I have watched people come home and change their lives for the better. They seem to have more self confidence and make major improvements in their lives.
Perhaps it is “winning” or the recognition that other people see your talents that move you to a higher place. After all, writers need experiences because we are the sum of all our experiences. The country of New Zealand, the people and the incredible, natural unspoiled beauty will take you to new heights.
Accordingly, we are now paying a lot of attention to how you will use your time. We want you to meet people, take a trip to Nelson, go hang out on Friday nights at the pub and become a Kiwi while you are here. We also want to know where you are in your life, what’s happening and why this trip would benefit you. Plus we need some of your writing and we want to know what you will work on while you are here. But mainly we are making decisions based on what the trip can do for you at this time as well as your need for a quiet place to write. So put all of this information in your cover letter for us, please.
Things you may want to write on the Writers Grant:
What you get:
- Narrative screenwriting
- Paper cut
- Research for funding
To enter the grant:
- Four weeks at the Wye cottage on the south island of New Zealand, outside of Blenheim in the Wairau Valley.
- A Mitsubishi RUV to run around in.
- One Coach Airline Ticket from your hometown to Blenheim, New Zealand and return.
- $120.00 NZ per week for groceries and gas.
- A TV with cable, BBC news and movies from all over the world.
- A new computer, scanner and fax program at the Wye Cottage.
- A $50.00 NZ phone card to "call home",
- And $100.00 NZ for "emergency expenses" (car, house, etc.)
- We need a 2 page or more proposal on why you want this retreat. Explain what you would do with the time and why you need it.
- Can you get off work and if so, for how long? Four or six weeks?
- We will work out the time for you to go. Usually we like to send someone in the spring, March or the fall, October.
- Let us know if you have traveled much and list the countries and how long you were there.
- Give us as much information as possible about the short, feature, or documentary you will be working on and send us any films you or your crew have made.
- You can live anywhere in the world and apply for this grant.