Before I get to the meat of this post, just a quick note that I have a story up in this month’s issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. You can read “Life Out of Harmony” here!
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming. I’ll be participating in the Clarion West Write-a-Thon this summer. For anyone who might be asking, “What is Clarion West,” here is a snippet from their website: Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop in Seattle’s University District, geared to help you prepare for a professional career as a writer of speculative fiction. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field.
I have long wished to apply to attend Clarion West, but as the working mother of a teenage boy, six weeks of a residential workshop just plain isn’t feasible. They do offer one-day workshops, of which I have attended several, and come away better for the experience, but this year I decided that I’d like to be involved in a different way–the Write-a-Thon.
Participants sign up to write during the six weeks of the workshop, in this case, June 22-August 1, and anyone who is interested can sponsor a writer. The funds go support Clarion West. My goal is to write for a minimum of six hours each week during the event. More is, of course, better, and I’ll be updating to this blog to report how much I’ve accomplished each week.
If you are interested in sponsoring me, you can find my profile here. You can also learn more about both Clarion West and the Write-a-Thon from that link.
Also participating? I’d love to hear about it!