Apply to Clarion West by March 1st!

If you’re a writer of short fiction looking to spend six weeks making friends with your peers, meeting amazing authors, and receiving invaluable feedback on your writing, then I cannot encourage you enough to submit your stories to the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Here’s this summer’s awesome instructor line-up.  Paul Park was one of myContinue reading “Apply to Clarion West by March 1st!”

Sponsor Gifts for the Clarion West Write-a-thon

Right now there’s a sorority house in Seattle filled with eighteen amazing science fiction and fantasy writers. They’re studying with some of the best writers and editors in the field, forming lifelong friendships, and learning so much about their writing that will shape and propel their stories for years to come.  Two years ago IContinue reading “Sponsor Gifts for the Clarion West Write-a-thon”

Prepping for a Workshop: (Not So) Minor Characters

In going through some books the other day, I found one of my favorites from my undergrad days. It wasn’t assigned in class. I found it through researching, following the paths of different writers during my crush on the Beats. Joyce Johnson’s Minor Characters Joyce Johnson is in the background of the cover photograph, behindContinue reading “Prepping for a Workshop: (Not So) Minor Characters”

Waylines Magazine: New Market for SF Stories and Films

David Rees-Thomas was in my Clarion West class in 2011. He’s a wonderful fellow – a sharp reader, a lovely poet, and a good friend. He’s been a Managing Editor at Ideomancer for a while, and he’s decided to start his own magazine along with Darryl Knickrehm, whom I do not know but who hasContinue reading “Waylines Magazine: New Market for SF Stories and Films”

Write-a-thon Goals and Moving Forward

I got an envelope from Clarion West in the mail today, which always makes me happy. Inside were two pieces of paper: a flyer for the instructor reading series and an invitation to the Friday night parties. This year’s Clarion West Readings and Parties I can’t show you the second piece of paper in detailContinue reading “Write-a-thon Goals and Moving Forward”

A Name Against the Nothing

Artax in the Swamp of Sadness, from The Neverending Story A few times at Clarion West, on the Sunday evenings when we met our instructor for the week, we would be asked to go around the table and describe the kinds of stories we wrote. Occasionally, I’d be asked the same question at the Friday nightContinue reading “A Name Against the Nothing”

Clarion West: Paying for the Workshop

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves as well. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents, meetings and material assistance that no one could have dreamed would come theirContinue reading “Clarion West: Paying for the Workshop”

Speculative Fiction at AWP 2012

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference is primarily a literary conference. It’s like World Con for literary writers.(Heck, there were even some costumes.) Many of the attendees either have earned or are currently earning their MFAs in Creative Writing. I went in with the expectation that most of the panels, readings,Continue reading “Speculative Fiction at AWP 2012”