Anyone got $3600 bucks and a bunch of time I can borrow?
George R.R. Martin
Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
Sound like an interesting workshop?
All right, send in your applications. Seattle? Hmmm, I know a couple of writers up there...
2012 Clarion West Workshop
The 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop is being held June 17 through July 27, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. We will begin accepting applications in December 2011.
Writing workshop background
Short fiction is the workshop's focus, with emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. You should come prepared to write several new stories during the course of the workshop, to experiment and take artistic risks, and to give and receive constructive criticism.
Each week the workshop is taught by a different instructor, each a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field. Class size is limited to 18 students. Instructors work closely with students, critiquing stories, leading class discussions on technique and other professional concerns, and holding individual or small group conferences. Drawing on Seattle's vibrant SF community, the workshop also presents informal sessions with acclaimed area authors.
You will come away from the workshop with essential tools for improving your writing: good writing habits, the ability to analyze and critique others' stories and to evaluate critiques of your own work, and a set of friendships and professional contacts that can last a lifetime.
For further background on the Clarion West Writing Workshop, read our FAQ.
Total cost to attend the workshop is $3600. This includes tuition, room, and partial board: all students stay in the workshop residence, and breakfast and most weekday meals are included. Wireless internet access is free.
All students are eligible for scholarships.
How to apply
Updated application instructions will be available on this website in November of 2011. We will begin accepting applications in December 2011.
About Clarion West
Since 1984, Clarion West has presented the workshop annually in Seattle, Washington. Widely known as a training ground for the field's finest writers, its graduates include Kathleen Ann Goonan, Justina Robson, Andy Duncan, and Sheree R. Thomas.
So you would have to take six weeks out of your life to go there? Wow. That would be intense. Alas, it is probably too expensive for me.
I would sell my kidney to attend this. Alas, I haven't the money or the time. I'd never be able to take that much time off work and still have a job.
Wow that sounds awesome. Alas I'd probably also have to sell a body part to get there. Having to figure in plane tickets and all, maybe more than one body part.
Anyone want a set of kidneys? Or maybe a lung, that might cover it.
Had a friend who did this the year it was Chuck and Doctorow up there, and he said it's worth whatever struggle it takes to be a part of it. He got some great short story sales and really improved his craft after going.
Even if you can't make this, I think being part of a workshop that's based on the Clarion method can be awesome. You get so many editorial perspectives on your work and things move very quickly.
Hm. I would totally do this. Maybe next year.
Holy hell, JRJ is here!
Hey, Jay- Taking a break from the WE LIVE INSIDE YOU promo grind today to finally set up Goodreads and LitReactor accounts (so instead of just lurking everyday I can periodically make an ass of myself).
We should do some promo for it on my site, and you should teach here. Just throwing that out there. Good to have you around!