Clarion 2013   3 comments

My Clarion class--2007, Cory Doctorow up front.  Are you interested in taking your writing to the next level?  If you are a science fiction or fantasy writer, you should definitely, seriously, consider taking the six weeks in San Diego offered by Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop.

They offer you professional instruction–all the teachers are published writers.  They invite a host of guest speakers including other sci-fi/fantasy writers who are friends of the teachers, guest editors, publishers, agents.  They put you in contact with those who can seriously move your career along.

The quality of the students is HIGH.  Every one of my classmates was a good writer, a thoughtful reader and an astute critic of people’s work.  We were asked to read each other’s writing and assist in making it the best it could be.  I got the best critiques there.

No, it’s not cheap, but I wouldn’t expect it to be.  Nothing good is.  It is an investment.  There are partial scholarships, though, to help.  The campus is stunning to stay on for six weeks.  The writing and reading are intense.  You will write more than you ever had before–and you will want to because these are the people you want to have look at your writing.

While I was there, we got to go to ComiCon, a HUGE showcase for science fiction and fantasy in San Diego.  And we got to run around on the campus and visit any department we wanted to.  Think about that: world class biologists, physicists, medicine, CalTech, etc.  And think about the authors, agents, publishers–all trying to make you the next group of writers who make it.  That much care and concern is overwhelming support for any writer.  Then imagine these writers–not only your 18 fellow writers, but also your teachers–becoming friends and colleagues for life.  Good for sharing frustrations with, and for sharing market leads with.

In the five years now that have followed, all of us are still getting work accepted and published at different frequencies–but our Clarion background made a difference in our lives.  Editors admit that they rely on Clarion grads, or grads from established writers workshops, to provide them with quality science fiction and fantasy. I WISH I could go this year just to meet Nalo Hopkinson who gave me my first shot at writing science fiction and fantasy by accepting my “Lemmings in the Third Year” for Tesseracts 9.

The names of former Clarion grads is heartening and includes names like Vonda McIntyre, Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Kelly Link, Robert Crais, Cory Doctorow, Jeff Vandermeer, Nalo Hopkinson, Greg Frost, Kim Stanley Robinson, among other greats:

Invest in your Future.  Go to Clarion this year.

Below you’ll find the Press Release for Clarion 2013!


Announcing the

2013 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop

@ UC San Diego

June 23 to August 3, 2013

Clarion is widely recognized as a premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction short stories. The 2011 writers in residence are

Andy Duncan

Nalo Hopkinson

Cory Doctorow

Robert Crais

Karen Joy Fowler

Kelly Link

Since its inception in 1968, Clarion has been known as the “boot camp” for writers of speculative fiction. Each year 18-20 students, ranging in age from late teens to those in mid-career, are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers. Students are expected to write several new short stories during the six-week workshop, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Instructors and students reside together in campus apartments throughout the intensive six-week program.

The application period for the 2013 workshop is December 1 – March 1. Applicants must submit two short stories with their application. Scholarships are available. Additional information can be found at their WEB PAGE.

Posted December 13, 2008 by jstueart

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