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Scholarship for Molly Carpenter to Attend Haven Writing Retreat

A campaign by Laura Munson and Susie Stangland

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    You’ll receive email updates from Molly sharing her experience and her inspired writing during her retreat and a personal thank you from Molly afterwards.

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    You’ll receive a 15-minute phone call from Molly to talk about her experience at Haven (redeemable thru Dec 1, 2016) AND you’ll receive all of the rewards above!

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    FOR HAVEN ALUMS ONLY! You’ll receive a 15% discount on a 1-hour phone consultation with Laura Munson AND you’ll receive all of the rewards above! (a 1-hour consultation costs $150 and you'll get it for $128 and it is redeemable thru Dec 1, 2016)

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    CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR FOR YOUR BOOK CLUB! After reading Laura Munson’s New York Times best-selling memoir, “This Is Not The Story You Think It Is,” Laura will Skype into your book club for an hour of conversation and Q&A about her memoir! (This perk is redeemable thru Dec 1, 2017 and you can read about and purchase Laura’s book in the “What You’ll Get For Supporting Molly” section of this campaign!)

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    ~~ LIMITED TO THREE PEOPLE ONLY ~~ You’ll receive a spot and a 20% discount to a Haven Writing Retreat of your choice in 2016 and you can gift this discount to a friend if you do not want to use it yourself! Haven Writing Retreat costs $3,650 (this includes an up to 30 page pre-edit) and you’ll attend for $2,920. This offer applies only if you do not yet have a spot at a 2016 retreat. It is for new registrations only. Retreat options for 2016 are: February 24-28, June 8-12, June 22-26, September 7-11, September 21-25, October 5-9, and October 19-23. This assumes that you or whomever you gift this to meet the criteria for Haven and it does not include travel to/from Haven Writing Retreat. We’ll reach out after you’ve purchased this reward to confirm everything! In addition to this 20% discount, you’ll receive email updates from Molly sharing her experience and her inspired writing during her retreat and a personal thank you from Molly afterwards!

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Exciting news! We did it. We reached and exceeded our goal! A heartfelt thank you to all of our contributors and to our generous anonymous donor who matched $1,000 of new contributions from February 2nd to February 12th, 2016. Thank You!

We’ve selected Molly Carpenter as the recipient of a scholarship fundraising campaign for our February 24-28, 2016 Haven Writing Retreat!

We’ve set this campaign up to support Molly’s lifelong dream of becoming a writer.

The writing life is challenging enough, and especially so for Molly who is working full-time to put herself through college. Still, every single day, Molly takes at least twenty minutes to write, no matter what. It is the place where she is free, where her mind and heart can soar, where she can process the challenges and beauty of life, and where she can practice her craft. Molly longs to take the next step: to turn her words into books and an accompanying blog. For this, she needs mentorship, community, and the encouragement and support that Haven Writing Retreats ensures.

“Her voice is powerful. And the world needs to hear it. If we can get Molly here in February, she will be on her way to making her dream a reality.” - Laura Munson, Founder of Haven Writing Retreats.

Help us make Molly’s dream come true!

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….I remember "hearing about an airline clerk in 1956 who knew she had a story inside her but she couldn’t afford to take time off work to write it. So her friends gave her the money to go write for one year. Oh what friends. She wrote To Kill A Mockingbird. In 2002, somebody did it for me - just for a month - but I got the advice and the encouragement I needed and it changed everything…"

- Kathryn Stockett, Haven Writing Retreat alum and best-selling author of The Help

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You’ll receive email updates from Molly during her retreat, sharing her experience and her inspired writing!

You can also get special perks for making a contribution. See the list of perks on this campaign page.

For the Book Club Conversation perk with Laura Munson, you can read about her book here and you can learn about the praise she has received for it here.

You can also purchase her book by clicking on any one of the links below:

Buy it at Indie Bound 

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Buy it at Amazon

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"THIS IS NOT THE STORY YOU THINK IT IS is true to its title. The book took me by surprise. I read it in one sitting and loved Munson's tone, wit, wisdom and writing."
- Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife

"Ever hear about the power of positive thinking? Ever wonder what it looks like in real life? Ever run up against some rocky places in your relationship that scare the crap out of you? If you answered yes, read this book. Now. I for one devoured it in 24 hours. It's pure real life illumination."
- Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

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Thank You! You’ll not only be supporting a young and promising writer in Molly, you’ll also receive great perks only available through this campaign, and you'll feel great for helping Molly! People who help others are happier, healthier, and feel better than those who don't. So click "Contribute Now" and support Molly!


Molly is an amazing 20-something with a true gift and pure love for writing.

As she says, “When I write my heart flutters with purpose."

Molly’s been taking a full 18-credit course load at Portland State while working full-time to pay her way through college and cover her food and housing expenses.

Since 2011 she has kept a Word document of daily musings.

In her own words, “My Word document has gone through active spurts, dry seasons, entries with excessive cursing, and entries that led to a lot of tears being smeared on my keyboard (they have since dried but I remember they were there). It has never been printed. It has only been seen with someone else's eyes once, by accident. This past summer, it reached 100 pages. Its name has never changed, but the girl writing it sure has.”

With your support, Molly will have the opportunity to share these 100 pages at Haven Writing Retreats and bring them to life in a supportive environment, with a talented mentor, and a lasting community… with options to continue in additional Haven programs. Taking this step in her early twenties could be the thing that puts her on course for the writing life she so craves. Imagine if someone took this stand for you in the field of your dreams when you were that age. You just might have lived your whole life differently. We hope that Haven will give Molly the powerful start that she deserves!


Laura Munson is a New York Times best-selling author.

Her memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is has been published in nine countries and was named Book of the Month Club’s top book of 2010. Laura’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times MagazineVanity Fair, Elle, O. Magazine, Redbook, Time, Newsweek, Women’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and many other newspapers and magazines across the globe.

Laura believes that our creativity should be as valued in our society as diet and exercise, and it is her mission to help empower people to find their unique voice on the page – whether they are seasoned writers or are just getting their start.

To support her mission, Laura started Haven Writing Retreats, an immersive experience focused on igniting the creative and artistic flame that lives within all of us, and helping people to find and share their authentic voice and stories.

Haven has been named one of the top five writing retreats in the U.S. It takes place in the beautiful natural landscapes of Whitefish, Montana. Hundreds of people have been positively affected by the opportunity to attend Haven, including people who have never written, people who are inspired to discover or re-discover their voice, and celebrity writers such as Kathryn Stockett (author of The Help) and Sukey Forbes (author of The Angel in My Pocket).

Haven Writing Retreats has a place for anyone who wants to write and set her or his voice free.


Where can I learn more about Laura Munson and Haven Writing Retreat?
You can learn more here:

Who can I contact if I have questions?
You can contact Laura Munson at or Susie Stangland at


“When I write my heart flutters with purpose.” - Molly Carpenter