Tim Pratt
SF and Fantasy Writer

Clarions

Clarion in San Diego and Clarion West in Seattle are now accepting applications. If you’re serious about this whole writing-science-fiction-short-stories thing, you should consider applying to these programs. (And the instructor line-ups for both workshops this year feature people with some insane literary and commercial chops.)

I would literally not be where I am in my life today without Clarion. I went in the summer of ’99, when Clarion was in East Lansing MI. I got my brain turned inside out, and my learning process accelerated mightily. I made friends who are still among the most important people in my life. I’m not sure I would have met my wife if I hadn’t gone to Clarion, and I probably wouldn’t have the day job I have today if not for Clarion (both of those are the result of chains of personal connection that I can trace back to the workshop, at least partly).

Now, I don’t promise attending a Clarion will lead you to both a person and a job you love… but it will give you six weeks to think about nothing except getting better at writing science fiction and fantasy, which should be draw enough on its own, I’d think.

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