Ilgenfritz Scholars 2018

Aug 24, 2018
Betsy Babbridge

Portland — The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has awarded the second annual Ilgenfritz Scholarships.

In July, Betsy Babbridge of Islesboro attended the Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop at the University of Maine at Farmington, as the 2018 Ilgenfritz Longfellow Young Writers’ Scholar. The Islesboro Central School student placed in the school’s spring Creative Writing Contest and is going into her sophomore year this fall.

In September, Amy Carpenter of Rockport will attend the SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Ilgenfritz SLICE Scholar studied English and creative writing in college, but pursued a career in psychology.  When her daughter was born in 2001, she began to take seriously her lifelong passion for the craft of writing. Recently, she completed her second book, “Channel Crossing: The Challenge and Success of Solo Parenting.” A memoir/anthology, the book includes essays from 26 contributing writers who explore the psychological and emotional reality of “independent” parenthood.

Carpenter’s first book, “Glen Stone,” is a middle reader novel about a young girl’s discovery of forest magic and how it helps her overcome her fears. Also a certified yoga instructor, Carpenter recently co-created a website by and for solo parents,

In 2016, the MWPA set up two scholarships to honor the untimely passing of Elizabeth Ilgenfritz of Montville, a longtime member of the organization. One scholarship is for female high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in Waldo or Knox counties to attend the Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop; the second is for female writers 18 or older in Waldo or Knox counties to attend SLICE. For more information, visit

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