January 22nd, 2010

Clarion at UC San Diego

There are only six weeks left to apply for the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego, which takes place from June 27-August 10.  This year's instructors are Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Dale Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff VanderMeer, and Ann VanderMeer.  Not too shabby of a lineup. 

I benefitted a lot from Clarion way back in 1980, and not only as a aspiring writer--it really was a life-changing experience . . . and not only because it was my introduction to that force of nature known as Lucius Shepard!  I attended fresh out of college--it was my gateway into the adult world, a gateway that, it's quite clear in retrospect, led me down a path I'm still following today.   

Scholarships are available to help with the money.  Time is probably the most difficult commitment for those with jobs and families.  But people make it work somehow every year.  Maybe this is your year to be one of them!