Just about three years ago I was wondering what the Clarion writers workshop had in store for me. Well now my good friend and fellow Speculator, Jim Worrad is going through the same thing, for he has joined the tiny number of English men to stride across the Atlantic ocean and meet the American’s onContinue reading “All Hail the Worrad”
Today is the two year anniversary of the start of Clarion 2008. This time two years ago I was being collected by Dan Pinney and Megan Kurashige from a random street corner in San Diego, for the drive up to La Jolla and UCSD where I and seventeen others were going to spend six weeksContinue reading “A Little Something for Us Clarionauts”
Congratulations to my friend and fellow Clarionite, Stefani Nellen for her story in Conjunctions. Tentacle Mind Report was workshopped at Clarion, and was among my favourite stories so I am very happy to be able to read it again. And now you can too! Read Tentacle Mind Report by Stefani Nellen at Conjunctions online
At Clarion, Kelly Link taught us about the logic of night and dreams. Lessons learned at Clarion can take some time to sink in. This one has seemed very relevant to me this week.
If you only read one work of speculative fiction today, make sure it is Husbandry by E J Fischer (if you read two, read Husbandry twice). Its a wicked zombie story with more than a little to say about the state of modern realationships. Strange Horizons have once again displayed the presence of mind toContinue reading “Husbandry by EJ Fischer @ Strange Horizons”
There are seventeen other people in the world who know the slightly sick feeling I experienced when I read these words in the search terms used to find my blog just a few minutes ago: Clarion San Diego Food As I type eighteen new Clarionites are preparing to embark on the potentialy life changing experienceContinue reading “Food, San Diego, Clarion”
The leader of my tribe on the Colbert Report. I’m so happy.
Clarion classmate E J Fischer recounts his last minute application to the worlds greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy writing workshop @ UC San Diego. If its any encouragement to those of you who barely scrapped the deadline, it seemed that almost everyone in the class of 2008 applied at the last minute (and now ofContinue reading “Clarion applicants…batten down the hatches!”
Megan Kurashige does her Clarion class a great service by posting a list of our favourite novels. In Week Three of Clarion we were asked by tutor Mary Anne Mohanraj to each contribute one favourite title to the list and this is what we collectively arrived at:
Here in the UK we once had a prime time children’s TV programme called Record Breakers. On said programme, the now sadly departed Roy Castle would play the trumpet over the theme song whilst a chorus of gospel singers (I may be exagerating, but this is how my memory remebers it) sang the shows catchContinue reading “A Story of Courage, Tenacity and Dedication”
The Clarion Foundation have announced the writers teaching the 2009 science fiction and fantasy writers workshop at UC San Diego. Its quite a line-up with Holly Black, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, Larissa Lai and Paul Park. Applications are open from 2nd January – 1st March. Good luck to any aspiring 2009 ClarionitesContinue reading “Clarion 2009 Instructors Announced”
The gauntlet has officialy been thrown, and four hardy veterans of Clarion 2008 have taken up the challenge! Thats right it’s…Word War Clarion!! Over the next 30 days Daniel ‘Smoking Buddha’ Pinney, Gra Linnaea, Keffy Kerhli and myself, Damien G. Walter will be competeing to be the first to reach 50,000 words as part ofContinue reading “Word War Clarion”