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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.

As some people on my flist may not have heard of Clarion, it's a six-week intensive workshop, nonstop reading, writing, critiquing.  (I just looked at the Week One calendar.  Critique of student story #1 begins at 8:00 a.m., first day.  Critique of student story #4 ends at noon.  Next day, repeat.)  The workshop was founded by Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm in 1968, and its graduates include Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Octavia Butler, Kelly Link, Nalo Hopkinson  -- you get the idea.

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 minisinoo , for private advice about writers workshops.

  • Congratulations! How exciting. :D
  • Many congrats, Ken! We hope you find a minute in your busy days there to post updates to us on the fantastic things you are learning!!
  • I think this is so wonderful! My goodness the students that went before you! I didn't know the workshop was founded Damon Knight (I love his short stories).

    Very happy for you! (Kim StanleyRobinson will be there too !)
    • Back in the 1950s, Knight and James Blish ran what was called "The Milford Conference," an annual meeting of SF writers where they would tear their stories apart. Kate Wilhelm attended it back when she was just starting out; that's where she met Knight (they later married).
      • Of all the writers listed, I've read Damian Knight (my husband got me on him) the most I had no idea Kate is married to him.

        Wow...I'm really impressed.
  • Awesome, awesome, awesome. But not surprising. I'm so happy for you. There's a thread on AW where it's being discussed. Here:


    I know you'll have an amazing time.
    • Thank you! (And thanks for holding my hand over the phone the other day.)

      I think I know who your friend is...
      • Which friend are we talking about? And how do you know? *curious*
        • Your other friend who got into Clarion. *Points up at the link Moonette provided*

          I know because, mm, well, maybe I'll tell you offline.
          • You're the only person I know so far. I'm not friends with the people who applied/got accepted on that thread. I just thought you'd be interested to see what the grads and others had to say.
  • Wow, looks like you've hit the big time! Or the big time of training camps, anyway.

    *bookmarks this blog entry to bring back after Ken becomes a famous writer*

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