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Clarion 2010

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Just a heads up to any aspiring writers reading this... especially those of you who don't make it a practice to visit the Appearances page on my website.

I will be one of the instructors at the Clarion Workshop in San Diego next summer.

If you don't know what Clarion is, or do know but would like more information, there's a website at http://clarion.ucsd.edu/ Right now it still features the info about the 2009 version of the workshop, but they will be updating it for 2010 soon.

Clarion is very competitive, and not everyone who applies will be accepted, but if you're serious about wanting to write SF and fantasy, give it a shot. It's a great program, and an astonishing number of professional writers have come out of Clarion and Clarion West over the decades.

I get a regular stream of emails from beginning writers with questions on all aspects of writing and selling their work, most of which I don't have the time to answer. (Though my website does include a FAQ). Come to Clarion, and you get all those questions (and many more) answered. Though you may not like the answers...

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saetter
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. Now, I just need to figure out how to get the time off to go... ;)

mouseferatu
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Would you suggest Clarion for beginners only? Or would it be useful for someone who's managed to obtain a bit of success with a fiction career, but is looking to improve?
spitphyre
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
It's useful for everyone.
ichthyosaur
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
It sounds like a dream. I certainly wouldn't mind further instruction in writing, as I don't feel my college had a good enough grasp of the subject to make my writing minor worth much.
doesi
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Applying... or auditioning, or whatever it is you have to do, as soon as it updates.

Writing is the only thing I really care to get serious about.

Y'know, on account of that whole math thing.
liuthail
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Hey! =) Do you know about how many people actually apply to Clarion? Now that I know you're going to be there, I'm determined to make it in but I'm curious as to exactly how much competition is actually there.
joshuaes
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Not related to your post, but the seven have been revealed. You may now make your thoughts/reflections post on these parts ;)

Just looking forward to your opinion.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3iebbbd387ec9a77d4420b06999a24352b
boreas154
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Shadiest part...
... is that if any of these crimes had been committed by an average joe, the sentancing would have been much more severe. I feel the biggest injustice of all, is that they got off so light by basis of being athletes.
imrathel
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much
I was wondering whether you actually read and/or answered e-mails, so I'm sure all of us that asked that question feel quite relieved. Have an entertaining end to your summer. - Patrick Burke
ljgeoff
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I just posted about my desire to go to Clarion. One of my Viable Paradise mates was there this summer. I'm tempted to send in my application, just to see if I'd pass muster.

But, man, $5000 or more for the privilege, and then another $2000 for the missed pay -- I don't see how anyone who's not upper middle class can do it. (and yes, I know about the grants -- even the upper limit of $3000 would only bring the possibility tantalizingly close.) I made it to VP on donations, a scholarship and the meager savings I could scrape from the family budget.

I'm not saying that it should be offered for free. The instructors deserve to be paid and paid well. I'm just saying that I'm bummed that it's out of my reach.

Edited at 2009-08-21 07:17 am (UTC)
spitphyre
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
*jaw drops*
But! I want you to be at the SEATTLE Clarion! I could AFFORD to do that one!
spencimusprime
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was hoping for Seattle Clarion as well.

Some people just get on the internet and beg for the money, and then promise to pay some of it forward the next year. An idea.
coughingpuppy
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to see if I can begin scraping the cash together.
thesoapmonkey
Aug. 23rd, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
one in a lot
Well, that would be awesome.

I think they accepted 18 out of 190 something this year. I'll get accepted if I say I regularly read GRRM's blog, right?

Right??!!!

;-)
sweetennui
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
As a UCSD student, I'm totally excited!
mijndraken
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I will try my hardest to attend this. Not just because GRRM is there, but that is certainly a big bonus!

Also, I wonder if it is appropriate to bring my books and be a fanboy for a couple minutes and beg for signatures. Probably not, but I'll bring the books anyway if I go!
dunkthelunk
Aug. 26th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
LOL - If I'm accepted I'm bringing my books too. Still working out the details for tuition and the time off work/away from family thing. Will be tough but if I want it enough it will happen!

Was a little put off when I saw that I must submit 2 short stories with the application. Currently halfway through a novella (my strongest work to date) and have a full outline for a novel. I'd rather not spend the time away from my current works to write short stories for the application; however, when I saw we get to rub elbows with the guest speakers/instructors over dinner I immediately fired up Word. Novel schmovel!
mijndraken
Aug. 27th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Didn't realize we get dinner with them.. I was too lazy to inspect the information.

I'm also thankful that I'm an english major doing a creative writing track and that doing these classes has forced me to have lots of short stories available, however much they may suck :(
abigguy
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Appearances during Clarion?
While you're in San Diego for Clarion, will you be doing any additional appearances? I live in San Diego, but can't take the time off work for Clarion, and I'd love to come to any other signings/events/readings you're having.
ellen_kushner
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
writing for teens
Since you're deluged with kids wanting writing advice, maybe you want to pass on to them this weekend's event in the Twin Cities for teens?

http://www.hclib.org/pub/events/Register.cfm?SessionNo=8392&Agency=wn
ellen_kushner
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
There's also a summer workshop specifically for teens called Alpha - I know kids who've been and really enjoyed it:

http://alpha.spellcaster.org/

Meanwhile, congrats on Clarion! It's a stellar lineup of instructors this year.
rappy7
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Clarion
I can't participate next year, I'll be at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Hopefully you'll do this kind of thing again, I would definitely go - just please avoid World Cup time. Your future protege, rappy7.
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