I am delighted (and astonished) to announce that I will be attending the next Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego this summer, from June 28 to August 8. I knew about this a while ago, but we weren't supposed to tell anyone until our names appeared on the Web site as the Class of 2009.
My seventeen fellow students are from as far away as Australia and Ireland, and I'm relieved to note that that at least two of them are near my own age (I was afraid I'd be "the old guy" in the group). Some of them are already professional writers of one sort or another, others are graduate students, teachers, etc.
This summer's instructors (in order of presentation) will be Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand and Paul Park. So you can imagine that I'm bouncing up and down in my chair as I write this.
Many thanks to my friends, especially tinaconnolly, for private advice about writers workshops.