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New Denver Writers’ Retreat awards first youth scholarship

The first of five youth scholarships available to registrants aged 18 to 30 participating in the May 11 to 13 Convergence Writers' Retreat in New Denver has been awarded to a Creston woman. 

The scholarship, awarded by the retreat's organizing committee, covers the $236 registration fee, which includes meals throughout the event. 

Kristen Cook, a student at College of the Rockies, also was given one of the gift certificates from Winlaw's Jennie's Book Garden provided to the retreat's first 10 registrants.

The focus of the weekend, to take place at New Denver's Heart's Rest Retreat Centre is on writing that focuses on social justice. 

The event is limited to 25 participants, and offers three talks/discussions on aspects of social change writing, three writing workshops on a variety of themes, and a Sunday, May 13 afternoon public reading and musical performance.

"We're very pleased but not surprised by the interest in social justice writing," said New Denver writer and journalist Art Joyce, a member of the Convergence Writers' Retreat organizing committee. 

"With the headlines full of threats pressing in on our democracy all over the Western world, it's no wonder people are concerned about how best to articulate their views on the stresses and strains our society is experiencing."

Registration, scholarship application, accommodation information and directions to Heart's Rest are available at

The Convergence Writers' Retreat recently received a $1,000 award from Area H Regional District Director Walter Popoff's Community Development fund.  Other support has come from the Columbia Basin Trust, and Heart's Rest Retreat Centre.