Passing the word — Clarion West, one of the well-known and justifiably-lauded six-weeker workshops that are basically “boot camp” for aspiring writers, has put out its call for applicants. And the deadline is coming up fast — March 1st!
I’ve never been to a Clarion. Never had a job that would allow me six weeks off, and was never between jobs in the right conjunction of time and resources to make it. But I always wanted to participate, because so many of my favorite writers have learned and taught there. At this point I think it’s inappropriate for me to attend (and I still can’t afford six weeks off work), because I’ve broken in, and I think the workshop’s resources are best-utilized by people who are still looking to make their big break — but that doesn’t mean I don’t still gaze wistfully in Clarion’s direction from time to time. So those of you who are reading — particularly those of you who are from underrepresented groups in some way — go for me, OK? Seriously; you can totally call me and rub it in about how much fun you’re having. I won’t be jealous at all.
…Anyway, application (pdf) here.