Clarion ’09 is Open for Business

Clarion Writers' Workshop

Clarion Writers' Workshop

I recently got an email reminding me that the Clarion Writers Workshop is accepting applications for it’s 2009 session.  I, myself, am a proud graduate and would recommend it to anyone looking for a shot of writing adreniline.  It’s six weeks of intensive, immersive writing geekery and it’s also a lot of fun.  The teaching is excellent, the staff great, the campus beautiful and the San Diego beaches are gorgeous.

When I was there way back in aught ’07, I got up at the crack of dawn and went for a jog in the neighboring eucalyptus forest, then attended workshop for a few hours and spent the rest of the day writing, or talking about writing before taking a little hike down to the cliffs to watch the sun set over the Pacific.  If it was the weekend, some of us would head for the beach to swim with the seals. Oh, and there were squirt-gun fights.  Sound like a good way to send the summer?  Then check out the info below:

Announcing the

2009 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop

@ UC San Diego

June 28 to August 8, 2009

The Clarion Workshop is widely recognized as the premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction short stories. Many graduates have become well-known writers, and a large number have won major awards. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. The 2009 writers in residence are Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park. The six-week workshop is held on the beautiful beachside campus of the University of California at San Diego.

Since its inception in 1968, Clarion has been known as the “boot camp” for writers of speculative fiction. Each year 18-20 students, ranging in age from late teens to those in mid-career, are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers. Students are expected to write several new short stories during the six-week workshop, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Instructors and students reside together in campus apartments throughout the intensive six-week program.

The application period for the 2009 workshop is January 2 – March 1. Applicants must submit two short stories with their application. Scholarships are available. Additional information can be found at


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