Clarion West Write-a-thon 2013: Week 1

As I type this, a group of very talented up-and-coming writers has embarked on their first week of the 30th (!) Clarion West Writers Workshop. Most of you who follow me and read my blog will know what the workshop means to the people that apply, to the people who attend, and to the alumni (like me!). It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to totally devote yourself to the writing life, and one of the most intense six weeks a writer can experience. It’s amazing. Clarion West is fortunate to have some grants from corporate donors like Amazon, but it’s really the writing community and the grass-roots backers that keep it strong year after year. During the six weeks of the actual workshop, the annual Clarion West Write-a-Thon is an opportunity for participants and sponsors to raise some money and awareness for this fantastic program. I’m participating again this year, planning to finish … Continue reading

2012 Clarion West Write-a-Thon Update (Week 1)

The Clarion West workshop is now in full swing, and so is the annual write-a-thon. I was on the road last week and didn’t have a chance to spread the word about my participation as much as I wanted to — but you can read my original post here. Even with my shoddy publicity, I’ve already had some folks sponsor me: thank you. It means a lot to me to have your support. If you’d like to see what writing projects I’m up to during the write-a-thon, you can find my page on the Clarion West website. Please consider sponsoring me with any amount. You can sponsor me by the week, by the word, or as a single gift. All donations go directly to the Clarion West foundation, and are tax deductible. So how am I doing on my goals? I completed one short story and sent it into the world … Continue reading

PSA: Clarion West Write-a-thon 2012

I’m traveling this week, but I wanted to post a quick update from the road. The 2012 Clarion West workshop begins this week (safe travels and good luck to the class of 2012!) and that also means it’s time for the Write-a-thon to begin! For the duration of the CWW, I’ll be shadowing the class of 2012 by trying to raise awareness and hopefully donations by working on my own writing projects. I have three short stories to complete and plan to finish another 30,000 words on my novel. Every year, Clarion West provides a phenomenal opportunity for eighteen talented writers who dream big. You can help make sure the workshop continues next year by sponsoring me or one of the 150+ other writers who are participating in the write-a-thon. You can donate online, and all proceeds go to the Clarion West organization. Thank you. … Continue reading

Sale! (or, how I learned to stop worrying and write science fiction)

This will be very old news to those of you who follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, but I’ve made my first pro sale! Lightspeed Magazine has picked up “The Parting Glass” for its December 2011 issue. I’m very proud of this story. I wrote it during Week Six at Clarion West in 2010, and as someone who’s a long-time self-avowed fantasy writer it was kind of a big deal for me to write it. Science fiction is often perceived by readers and would-be writers to always involve loads of hard science, complicated astronomical or biological theory (with attending formulae worked out in the text), and brainy scientists who save the day because of their intimate understanding of quantum mechanics. Okay, science fiction is sometimes these things. But it doesn’t have to be. Speaking as a writer who is more right-brained than left, I’ve always been intimidated by the … Continue reading

Clarion West Write-a-thon Wrap-up

Wow, six weeks flew by in a flash! The Clarion West class of 2011 have all gone home and the Write-a-thon has ended. Congratulations to this year’s class for surviving the experience. I hope it was as rewarding and challenging for you all as it was for me. From all accounts, it sounds like the Write-a-thon was a big success this year. Thanks to everyone who sponsored a writer — every dollar counts and helps keep this amazing program going. Thanks ESPECIALLY to those of you who sponsored me. Your support in my name means a lot to me. I promised some incentives, so I’ll be contacting each of you soon about your fabulous prizes. In the meantime, I’m traveling this week and next so updates here and the various social media will be sporadic. I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I have been. While … Continue reading