I cannot say strongly enough how much the Clarion workshop has changed my life.
Yes, it effected my writing in crazy and wonderful ways. It took everything i thought i knew about writing and turned it on it's ear. It took me three months to process everything i learned.
Am i finished learning as a writer? Not even close. We never are, but i feel i keep hitting these plateaus in my writing, and each one is harder than the last, and Clarion got me to the next one.
Go to Clarion.
I met people i'll be friends with for the rest of my life. I networked with folks who could potentially help my career in ways i can't even imagine.
I've never done anything like Clarion. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life.
Go to Clarion.
2009 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop
@ UC San Diego
June 28 to August 8, 2009
The Clarion Workshop is widely recognized as the premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction short stories. Many graduates have become well-known writers, and a large number have won major awards. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. The 2009 writers in residence are Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park. The six-week workshop is held on the beautiful beachside campus of the University of California at San Diego.
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 2009 workshop is January 2 – March 1. Applicants must submit two short stories with their application. Scholarships are available. Additional information can be found at http://clarion.ucsd.edu.