I confess I have a fair bit of loyalty for the Clarion workshops for budding writers of science fiction and fantasy. There's Clarion, and Clarion West. They are not franchises; more like colleagues that use the same teaching methods. They are not perfect. They make mistakes, sometimes bad ones. They try to learn from them. All in all, they do a lot of good. I am a 1995 graduate of Clarion (then called Clarion East, and housed at Michigan State U. Now called Clarion, and housed at the University of California San Diego). I had a great, challenging, sometimes terrifying six weeks there -- writing is *hard!* -- and left a better writer than I was when I entered.
I've now taught at both Clarion and Clarion West a number of times, as well as once at the late Clarion South in Brisbane, Australia. So when Nisi Shawl told me that this year's Clarion West Write-A-Thon fundraiser was up and running, I signed up immediately and started seeking out sponsors. Then today I noticed that the Clarion (UC San Diego) Write-a-Thon fundraiser was up. That's my alma mater! So I signed up for it, too. For the same project, because I'm not going to take on a separate project right now. Just consider this my open acknowledgement that I'm participating in both. Good thing about that is that if you want to sponsor me, you can do so for whichever Clarion you prefer to support, or for both of them. My plan is to post different excerpts from each day's writing on either site.