This will be a short one guys (and I promise this has nothing to do with the fact that I have a bunch of class assignments staring at me, promise).
Moving right along, all of us here at AD&W are SpecFic writers and I like to think that a large portion of our readers are as well. If so, there’s an upcoming event that I think you all should be aware of and if you don’t try for it this year, at least you have the information for next year =]. It’s called Clarion. I almost didn’t do this post because I thought, Jace, c’mon. You were the only dork that had no idea what Clarion was before someone told you, everyone else is on the ball here. But then I thought, what if? What if someone’s never heard of it, like I hadn’t? And isn’t that what gets us SpecFic writers going, the big ‘What If’?
Clarion is a 6-week workshop specifically for Speculative Fiction writers! Each week a different published author (or editor, I believe) teaches a seminar or lecture. There are actually a few different branches of Clarion, each with a different line-up of instructors.
There’s Clarion San Diego, which, unsurprisingly, takes place in San Diego. You can read up more about it HERE. And then there’s Clarion West, which happens in Seattle, and you can read more about that HERE. (Clarion South happens in Australia but have been unable to locate a suitable venue for a little while now and is indefinitely on hold.) Both events take place from June 23rd to August 2nd/3rd And the deadline to apply for both is MARCH 1ST, 2013. So read up, read the FAQ, read the application instructions and, if you’re like me, read the Scholarship information several times because it does cost money but there are scholarships and financial aid that you can apply for geared specifically to help people attend these workshops. There are application fees to both (around $50) that is pretty unavoidable and, of course, nonrefundable.
I realize March 1st is in only 3 weeks so that doesn’t give your (or me) much time, but like I said, it’s information definitely worth storing for next year! I do hope at least someone found this post useful. Who knows? What if someone reads this, applies, and gets in!
There’s that ‘What If’ again. 😉