I could swear I had a draft of this all typed up and ready to post… damn you, Internet goblins.
Anyway, I will keep this short and sweet: Clarion and Clarion West are great. I’ve never attended myself (although not for lack of trying), but I’ve only heard positive stories from graduates. I mean — learning about writing, the business, and networking with fellow writers, publishers and editors. What’s not to love?
Right now, the Carl Brandon Society has an awesome fundraiser going on. To use their words:
The Carl Brandon Society is holding a prize drawing of five eReaders starting on November 5th and ending November 22nd, 2010. The funds raised will benefit the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, a fund that sends two emerging writers of color to the Clarion writers workshops annually.
Entrants will have the opportunity to win one of two (2) available Barnes & Noble Nooks, one of two (2) available Kobo Readers (with Wi-Fi), and one (1) Alex eReader by Spring Design. Drawing tickets cost one US dollar ($1).
In addition, each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories, poems and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Some of the writers include N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and there will be many more.
You can’t tell me that’s not freakin’ awesome.
And if that’s not enough, here are five more reasons to participate.
Keep in mind it’s only open until tomorrow, so if you’re going to buy tickets — now’s the time.