As you probably know, writing is one of the most important things in my life. This summer, I'll dedicate six weeks to writing by joining a write-a-thon, hosted by the Clarion Foundation. This Foundation is a wonderful organization that provides funding for the highly respected Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Workshop at UCSD, which I hope to attend next year.
Clarion is the oldest writing program of its kind and many of the greatest figures in science fiction and fantasy honed their skills and launched careers there. Writing programs are under tremendous financial pressure and Clarion is no exception. The write-a-thon's success is vital to the workshop's continued existence.
This write-a-thon is like a walk-a-thon, but instead of walking, I'll be writing. My goal is to write at least four short stories, until I reach ten thousand words. I plan to send the best two for the admission process of the Clarion Workshop next year. This year's write-a-thon focuses on helping writers by teaming us up with fellow authors and Clarion mentors, so we can share critiques, ideas, encouragement, and good writing. This is a great opportunity for me to get to know other writers and have some experienced eyes look at my writing.
I hope you'll help out by going to my profile (set under my pen name) and sponsoring my writing. Every contribution that comes through will show on my page and will drive me to do more and better, while also helping out future writers. All proceeds will go to the Clarion Foundation. I'll have absolutely no financial benefit from this, but I'll have your moral support and a great opportunity to grow as a writer.
If you can't donate, please help me spread the word and find some more sponsors. Either way, I'd like you to check back often to see how I'm doing and what I've written. Thank you very much for your support!
a.k.a. S. E. Deary