Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

Clarion Accepting Applications

I’m a bit late on this–like a month–but the Clarion Writers Workshop was one of the best experiences of my writing career (up there with first published novel), and they are accepting applications for the 2012 class. What you get: six weeks with people you already know are amazing (check out the lineup of instructors!) and people you will discover are amazing (your Clarion classmates will always be part of your writing life); hopefully renewed confidence in having your work taken seriously by your peers and instructors; unparalleled insight into what makes a good story, both from the instructor lectures and from reading and working to critique over a hundred stories written by your peers. Plus you get to live near the San Diego beach for a month and a half.

There is also Clarion West, which has its own impressive lineup of instructors and takes place in lovely Seattle. All the things I hear from it are positive.

If you are serious about your writing and think you are close to being publishable, you owe it to yourself to at least apply to one of the above.

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