I’m sharing some AMAZING news with you today – and asking for your help in making a dream come true, and an incredible learning experience be within reach.
(*takes a deep breath*)
Today I’m starting a GoFundMe campaign to fund a trip to the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat, with the hopes of raising $3,500 USD by February 4, 2017. After the jump, I’ll share links to the retreat and the campaign page so you can see the cost breakdown, perk levels (yes, PERKS!), and so on. But first, let me explain why I want to go and why I need financial assistance to do so.
What Is the Iceland Writers Retreat?
The 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat will be held April 5th through 9th at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura in Reykjavik, Iceland. Participants will attend workshops led by award-winning authors from various genres, as well as readings and related social functions. They’ll also take guided tours through Reykjavik and the Icelandic countryside and meet fellow writers from all over the globe. The event, which has happened annually since 2014, has received high praise from past attendees and extensive coverage from journalists worldwide.
Want to know more? Click here to visit the Iceland Writers Retreat website.
Why Do I Want to Go to the Iceland Writers Retreat?
Yes, I’d travel abroad for the first time. And yes, it would be an amazing opportunity to learn more about the craft of writing. But the real reason why I want to go to the Iceland Writers Retreat? The northern latitudes of the world I invented for my story are inspired by Iceland’s geography and wildlife. In fact, a waterfall that appears in the story is based on Hraunfossar (see Getty Image photo above), which will be a stop on one of the retreat’s tours. So, in a way, this would be my first and best chance to “step into” my story’s world and do some research for future stories.
Why Am I Raising Funds via GoFundMe? (In Other Words, Why Do I Need Your Help?)
As a single woman and homeowner with a modest salary in a high-cost-of-living area, I have to stick to a strict budget. This makes it challenging to afford expenses such as international travel and investments in my writing career that aren’t local. I was also recently turned down for a scholarship for that would help fund the costs of the retreat.
Want to Learn More About the Campaign, Including Donation Perk Levels?
Click here to visit my campaign’s GoFundMe page. You’ll find more information including a brief cost breakdown (a.k.a. what the donations will pay for), notes for donors who live outside the U.S. or want to participate anonymously, and PERKS. Yes! Right now I have reward levels for donors who are interested in things like:
- Seeing your name in the Acknowledgments page(s) of my first published book.
- My critique of the first 2,500 words of your WIP.
- A four-pack of custom tea blends inspired by my WIP and created through Adagio Tea’s customer tea-blending program. (NOTE: It’s the same four-pack as shown here.)
- For U.S. donors only, your choice of three scarves I’ve hand-knitted. (Photo and details about the scarves are available on the GoFundMe page.)
- Access to an online photo album from my trip.
- A 1-hour writing coach session with me via Skype.
- A one-month subscription to One Stop for Writers, a writing resource site run by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers.
Other perks may be added as the campaign continues. If you have suggestions for additional perks (or would like to “donate” a perk, so that we’re helping one another), feel free to email me through my site’s Contact page or on Facebook or Twitter.
You can also donate if you’re not interested in the writing, photo, and/or tea perks. Check out the instructions on the GoFundMe page (under “What Do You Get In Return?”) to find out how.
Curious to see how the campaign’s going? Check out the IWR image-widget on the blog’s sidebar to see the fundraiser’s progress. You can also click on this widget to visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page.
Thank You for Your Support (Crowdfunding and Otherwise)
I can’t tell how you how excited yet nervous I am about this. I’ve donated to crowdfunding campaigns before, but I’ve never actually run one myself. But I’m willing to give this a try, and I’ll be grateful for any donations you can offer. The Iceland Writers Retreat will be both the learning experience of a lifetime and a dream come true, and I hope this campaign can make it more affordable.
Also, thank you for not only your support of this campaign, but also for your encouragement, enthusiasm, and friendship this year. It means more than words can adequately express. 🙂