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01 December 2009

Clarion Workshop opens for applications

The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop is accepting applications for its 2010 class from 1 December 2009 through 1 March 2010.

For those unfamiliar with the Clarion workshop, it is an intensive six-week-long workshop in which you write short stories and critique the stories of your seventeen classmates. Ideally, you write six stories during those six weeks, but the number is up to you.

Although the instructors come from the world of speculative fiction and the workshop teaching focuses on spec fic, people who write in any genre are welcome to apply.

The lineup of teachers for 2010 is especially wonderful:
The online application process is easy. You submit contact information, a brief summary of your educational background, a few details about your writing habits and goals, and two short stories.

As you may know, I attended Clarion in 2009 and found it worth every penny. My writing improved, my critiquing ability improved, and I made seventeen friends-for-life, most or all of whom will be famous writers one day. I blogged about the experience here and here.

To learn about Clarion 2010 and the application process, check out the Website and the links there.

If you want to know more about my six weeks at Clarion, please feel free to ask questions in the comments or to email me privately at ShaunaRoberts [at]


The blog Suko’s Notebook is having a contest, and the prize is the historical novel Melinda in the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clark. Linda was interviewed at For Love of Words in August. To enter the contest, leave a comment here.


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Charles Gramlich said...

I've corresponded with Vandermeer, and Martin is certainly a very fine writer.

Rick said...

Hello Shauna! Just dropped by to say I loved your interview on Razored Zen. I'd love to apply for Clarion, but I'm slated to go for a trek in the wilderness interviewing bigfoot hunters at the same time. Don't laugh. Really. It's fun. Oh, and congrats again on your book!

CiCi said...

I grew up in Riverside CA. I looked through your blog and want to see more.

Lana Gramlich said...

I wish this took place when Charles was off work. I think he'd really enjoy it.

Steve Malley said...

Bit of a commute for me, I'm afraid. Shame, since I know the workshop was such a good experience for you last year! :D

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that blog. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Rick said...

Shauna, I swear if you don't post again before the New Year, I'm going to seriously report you to the Blogging Police. And they'll cite you. Give you a ticket, too. I'm warning you.

Shauna Roberts said...

CHARLES and LANA, Clarion takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July, so it doesn't conflict with the school year. The cost is certainly high, but Charles would certainly be an asset to next year's class, and the contacts he would make, along with everything he would learn, may make it worth scrimping for a while.

RICK, thanks; how cool!; thanks again; and although I don't normally give in to blackmail, I promise you I'll put up a new post by the end of the year. Really. And did you know I blog twice a month on writing topics at My next posting date is Christmas Eve.

TECHNOBABE, thanks for stopping by. I plan to start being active at this blog again soon. (See my response above to Rick.)

STEVE, there's a Clarion South every couple years in Brisbane, Australia: I don't know much about it, but the next one takes place a year from now.