It’s that time of the year again. Summer has landed. The child is trying to be lazy and I’m trying to keep him occupied so he doesn’t drive me insane. And the annual Clarion Write-a-Thon is fast approaching.
Short version: My goal this year is the same as last’s. Two submissions a week. This year has not been a good year for submitting for me, despite my upcoming story on Escape Pod.(Stay tuned mid July for the link to “Spectrum of Acceptance.”) This is my chance to kick things back into gear and help out my fellow writers.
Long version: Clarion Workshop has been helping writers step up their writing since 1968. It’s a six-week program at the University of California, San Diego.
I know several alumni of the program but I didn’t get to witness how much the workshop changes a writer until I watched Marie Vibbert transform. In the course of one summer she evolved from a writer who sometimes publishes her short stories to someone who seems to have a story coming out every month, sometimes weekly.
Like all things in my writing career, I endeavor to draft after Marie, letting her pick the best path. But, Clarion tuition is out of my reach. There, again, Marie has given me the best path. Apply for a Clarion scholarship. Those scholarships are funded through fundraising, such as [drum roll please] the Write-a-Thon.
Right now, even with a scholarship, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to afford to go in the next few years. For now, I fund raise to make the opportunity available to others. Help me help them – and eventually myself. So, click through and support me! Do it today.
Are you a writer? You don’t need to be published or aspiring to go to Clarion to help support your fellow writers. Come join me in the Write-a-Thon.