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24 March 2009 @ 04:56 pm

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.


Current Location: On the brink
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Wind in the trees
mmerriam on March 24th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)

(And I noticed your name three spaces above mine on the WotF semifinalist list. Good going!)

The Ferretttheferrett on March 24th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Rock the heck on!

As a Clarion 2008 grad, I wish you all the best. It's gonna be awesome.

(I was the old guy in my group. Didn't hurt none.)
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! (You weren't as old as I am, though...)
The Ferretttheferrett on March 25th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I was the top end for that year. I fully support us old fogeys of the sci-fi world getting in. *G*
Kenken_schneyer on April 1st, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I've noticed one or two of your classmates whining criticizing the food that was served at Canyon Vista. When I looked at the menu it seemed okay, and I figure that, with a salad bar and some way of getting protein that isn't swimming in grease, I'll do okay.

What was/is your view on this subject?
The Ferretttheferrett on April 1st, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
It is possible that they've changed service providers, in which case it may be better.

However, at the beginning we had folks saying the same as you, thinking that they could get by with salad and the occasional bit of supplement - and by the final week each of them had broken, railing against the goddamned Canyon Vista food with the betrayed shrieks of the damned. That food was insidiously bad. Notably bad. "I'll probably be writing an entry on it before your Clarion starts" bad.
girlspell: rachel lighthousegirlspell on March 24th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
A couples of these writers I've read. Some I have not. Are all of these Sci Fi writers? I just wondered it case you have write stories in the that genre while you are there.
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Holly Black wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles, and a lot of other good fantasy. Larissa Lai I would call a folklore-fantasy author. Robert Crais writes famous mysteries and thrillers. Kim Stanley Robinson is often called a "literary science fiction" author. He wrote the famous Mars trilogy, among other things. Elizabeth Hand writes literary fantasy and horror novels. Paul Park is an SF author.

Clarion is aimed at short stories in science fiction and fantasy, but students have been known to write in other genres while there.
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Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
tina connollytinaconnolly on March 24th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Fantastic announcement! You'll have such a great time.
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tina. I hope so.
quasi randomkaolinfire on March 24th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations again :hehehe:
Kenken_schneyer on March 25th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, again. And again.
todd_wheelertodd_wheeler on March 27th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Been to San Diego once, had a very nice time. Great city to hang out in.
Kenken_schneyer on March 28th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Todd. Never been there myself.