So, I've decided to participate in the Write-a-Thon to raise funds for the Clarion Writing Workshop, of which I am a graduate.
Clarion is an annual writing workshop for budding writers of science fiction and fantasy. 17-19 students live on campus (currently the U. of Cali San Diego) for six weeks in the summer. Every week there is a different writer in residence, and one weekend there's a visit from a professional editor. Under the guidance of the writer-in-residence, students write and write, and take part in workshop critiques every day. Clarion was an amazing experience for me. I learned in six weeks what it would have taken me six years to figure out on my own. It was tough and scary and humbling, and some of the best fun I've ever had.
Clarion is not part of UCSD. The workshop pays its own way, and raises its own funds. The write-a-thon helps to subsidize the costs of running Clarion. If you'd like to sponsor me, just click on the image below for details.
Clarion West Writing Workshop, based in Seattle, Washington. It operates on the same principles as Clarion, but is a different organization than Clarion. I've taught at both Clarion and Clarion West a number of times. Both do great work, so by all means feel free to
support Clarion West in its own write-a-thon as well. (Note that if you sponsor me, the funds go to Clarion only, not to Clarion West. I had to pick one, so I went with my alma mater