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Get Amanda to L.A.!

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 4 months

I'm still not sure how it happened, but I've been chosen to be one of Lambda Literary's Emerging LGBTQ Voices in young adult fiction! This means that I get to spend a week in Los Angeles (a place I've never been) with Emily Danforth, an incredible young adult fiction writer who is also from eastern Montana.

Friends and family, this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I've been tooling away at a young adult novel for several years now. The current version of J's story is one I feel passionate about, and would love to finish and see published. However, I have no idea how to do either of those things. That's where the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat comes in. 

For one solid week, I get to spend all day, every day working with Emily Danforth and a group of talented LGBTQ writers critiquing and improving my work. 

Here's the hitch--it costs money, of course. As most of you know, in 2018, I had to have surgery. All told, my medical bills have cost me nearly $5,000, which has wiped out my health savings and our personal savings. Paying for the trip to Los Angeles isn't something we can do alone this year. I'm hoping you're willing to help me take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

The cost of attending the retreat is $1650, which covers room and board in the dorms on the Otis college campus. The round trip flight costs between $330 and $350. That comes out to $2000. Thank you for helping me attend the writers retreat. I will be eternally grateful for your help, and it will push me that much more to get my book finished and published. <3
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The countdown is on! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I am only $400 away from reaching my goal! I am overcome with gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


My initial goal was to complete 100 pages before August 4. Because of your generosity, I’ve been able to spend these first two weeks of summer diligently working on my novel, instead of going crazy trying to find ways to make a few extra dollars to pay for the trip to LA. On Friday, I hit page 100! A full month before my self-imposed deadline. Now I have plenty of material to work with and another month to add more. With this momentum, I’m hoping to have a complete draft by the fall or early winter.

This retreat means everything to me. I can’t begin to express how much your help matters to me. If you’ve already given, thank you. If you haven’t and meant to, please do! I promise that even $5 matters. ♥️
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Wow, everyone! I'm nearly halfway to my fundraising goal. Thank you so much for your help.

My first payment is due June 1, and with your generous help I'm able to make that payment. Your donation could not be coming at a better time. Recently, our only reliable car has been on the fritz, and has had three major repairs in the last eleven months. And if that weren't enough, our cat just had an expensive vet visit.

I can't thank everyone enough for contributing! This workshop has the potential to change my life in significant and important ways, and your generosity is making that happen. <3
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