Invitation to Clarion

Earlier this week I received an invitation to attend the Clarion writers workshop in San Diego this summer. I haven’t been able to post until now because they were still informing people about places, but I’m seeing rejections posted up on the blogosphere so guess I can go public. I’m yet to see any acceptances though so if thats you and your reading this then say hello.

Because of the few days delay I’m a bit calmer than I was so here is a recreation of what I would have posted…


I’m pretty damn excited about the whole thing.  I’m going to spend six weeks this summer with only the writing to think about, workshopping with some of the worlds best authors and in the company of people who share the same passion for the craft. I’m still so excited that the standard rejection slip from Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine for ‘The Great Western Pile’ which turned up in my mailbox yesterday barely even registered.

I’m going to be blogging my Clarion preparation and keeping a journal of the workshop itself here. My first task is to track down books by all the tutors and get them read.

Ironically all the nervousness waiting for the result and then the excitement of getting a place mean I haven’t used my writing time productively this week, so I’ll be redoubling my efforts as of today. I have a Guardian article to finish today, a review for the Fix tommorow and then I want to get the second draft of The Black Bull done this week. Back to the word mines!

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

13 thoughts on “Invitation to Clarion

  1. Congrats on getting in. They haven’t informed everyone who applied yet, since I haven’t heard :) But here I think no news is pretty clearly bad news. I do wonder why it would take so long to send out a batch of “you didn’t make it, thanks for trying” mails; I wonder if they’re writing a personal note to all us losers with a comment or two on the stories, since they had to read them anyway and must have some notes?

    Anyway, good job, carry on. I’m going to go bitterly write like hell all summer, get something published, and try to console myself by buying a boat with the money I won’t spend going to SD.




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