Clarion Write-a-Thon: the home-game edition of the Clarion writing workshop

The Clarion Foundation has announced its annual write-a-thon, which is a sort of "home-game" edition of the famous Clarion science fiction and fantasy writing workshop, a boot-camp for budding writers held annually at the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego:

What is a write-a-thon, anyway? It's just like a walk-a-thon. But instead of walking, we're writing, and instead of making pledges per mile, we're making pledges per word, chapter, or story. Writers get support, encouragement and motivation, and the option of joining a team with a writing mentor! Those who care about the writers in their life get a way to show their support. And money is raised for a literally fantastic cause -- the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. All donations are made through The Clarion Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN #20-3114945.

Everybody wins!

Writing begins officially on June 24, and ends on August 4, same dates as the 2012 Clarion Workshop. Just by signing up, you'll get the bonus of providing moral support for this summer's Clarion Workshop students.

Clarion Write-a-Thon

(Disclosure: I am pleased to volunteer on the board of directors of the Clarion Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization)


  1. MANY years ago, when I toyed briefly with writing SF&F, I read several articles on ‘how to get published.’  Many of them said be sure to attend a Clarion writers’ workshop.  Since I couldn’t afford to take weeks off from work or pay for the registration, I gave up on the idea.  Now that I write non-fiction professionally, I find the urge to write fiction is pretty much gone.  Ah, childish dreams.

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