2023 Clarion Applications Open

Applications for Clarion’s six-week summer workshop are open now through March 1, 2023.

The workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2023 in San Diego CA, and the instructors are Andy Duncan, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anjali Sachdeva, and Rae Carson & Charles Coleman Finlay. Jac Jemc is faculty director.

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Salam Award Writers Workshop 2023

The inaugural Salam Award Writers Workshop will be held March 6-10, 2023 in Lahore, Pakistan. Elizabeth Hand and MaryAnne Mohanraj are the lead instructors. There will be a Clarion/Milford style workshop, lectures on craft, guest sessions from members of the Salam Award board, and a sightseeing tour.
Since 2017, The Salam Award has honored the best Pakistani and Pakistani-diaspora writing in the SFF genre. This workshop will exclusively focus on
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Clarion West Seeks New Home

The Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle WA is looking for new facilities:

Clarion West has a long history of partnering with universities and organizations in the Seattle area to house the Six-Week Workshop. As we’ve honed in on what our students need for their workshop experience and focused on affordability, equity, and accessibility, the number of potential partners has narrowed. Even before the pandemic, we couldn’t secure a long-term ...Read More

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Clarion 2023 Instructors

The Clarion Workshop in San Diego CA has announced the instructors for its 2023 session: Andy Duncan, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anjali Sachdeva, and Rae Carson & Charles Coleman Finlay. Jac Jemc is faculty director.

The workshop will be held June 25, 2023 – August 5, 2023. Applications for the workshop open on December 1, 2022.

The Clarion West Summer Workshop previously announced its instructors and dates.

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2023 Odyssey Workshop Online Classes

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online classes in 2023.

Gregory Ashe will teach “Angled Dialogue: Crafting Authentic-Sounding Dialogue to Convey Information, Escalate Conflict, and Advance Character-Driven Stories” from January 5 – February 2, 2023.

Barbara Ashford will teach “One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes” from January 3-31, 2023.

Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate to ...Read More

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Summer Workshops

The Alpha Workshop for Young Writers was held on the campus of University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg from July 20-31, 2022.

The 2022 Clarion Workshop took place on June 19 – July 30, 2022, on the University of California at San Diego campus.

This report and more like it in the September 2022 issue of Locus.

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Science Fiction Writers’ Week

Writing app ProWritingAid is running a free online event, Science Fiction Writers’ Week, August 29 – September 2, 2022. The event will include:

  • Over 30 free training workshops for writers
  • Interviews with best-selling authors like Andy Weir (The Martian)
  • Workshops to improve writing, editing and marketing
  • Software demos for popular writing programs
  • Networking events to share work and meet other authors

Speakers include authors Samit Basu, Emmi Itäranta, ...Read More

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Clarion West 2023 Instructors

The Clarion West Summer Workshop has announced its 2023 instructors: Samit Basu, N.K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Mary Anne Mohanraj & Benjamin Rosenbaum, Cat Rambo, and Arley Sorg. The six-week summer workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2023 in Seattle WA, with applications opening in December 2022. For more information, see the Clarion West website.

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Taos Toolbox Moves Due to Fires

Walter Jon Williams, founder of the Taos Toolbox workshop, announced on Facebook that this year’s event is relocating from Taos NM to Albuquerque NM due to fires in the area:

So quite a number of plans have gang agley in the last days, so I’ve been putting out fires—nearly literal fires.

Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, starts this weekend, and has been held

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Photo Story: Rainforest Writers Village

The annual Rainforest Writers Village retreat, hosted by Patrick Swenson and Fairwood Press, was held in person at Lake Quinault WA across three sessions in February and March 2022.

For more: www.rainforest­writers.com

 

This article and more like it in the May 2022 issue of Locus.

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Williamson Lectureship

The 45th Williamson Lectureship, held April 7-9, 2022 in Portales NM, was a smaller event after two years of COVID, but those who attended were happy to see each other. “I’m so glad we’re in-person this year,” Connie Willis said at Friday’s luncheon. “It’s so nice to see people’s faces, whether masked or not. I am so pleased we’re here today, and not on Zoom.”

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All Stories Mentorship For Writers From Underrepresented Groups

All Stories is open to applications for its free mentorship program for young adult and children’s writers from underrepresented groups: “a person of colour, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, working class or socio-economically marginalised.” The mentorship includes nine months of one-on-one mentoring, a year’s membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and introductions to agents. Ten mentorships are available, and they will run from October 2022 to June ...Read More

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Scholarship From Hell Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Tracey Cross as the recipient of its 2022 Scholarship From Hell, and Rosemary Thorne as winner of the virtual Scholarship from Hell. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2022.

Cross will receive airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a four-night stay at the convention, free registration for StokerCon 2022, and free choice of ...Read More

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Aspen Words Announces New SF/F Writing Workshop

Aspen Words, a longstanding literary program of the Aspen Institute, has announced the addition of a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Workshop, led by author Fonda Lee, expanding their current workshop offerings into genre literature.

The workshop is sponsored by the General Motors’ Future Fiction Collective, which “aims to decolonize the sci-fi/fantasy genre by increasing the diversity of authors and readers in STEM based literature.” They will provide 10 scholarships for writers ...Read More

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LGBTQ Voices Retreat

Lambda Literary has announced open applications for the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the “only multi-genre writing residency devoted exclusively to emerging LGBTQ writers”.

The 2022 retreat will be held online July 31 – August 6, 2022, with faculty including Jewelle Gomez (playwriting), torrin a. greathouse (poetry), Zeyn Joukhadar (fiction), Larissa Lai (speculative fiction), Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (non-fiction), Amos Mac (screenwriting), and Mark Oshiro (YA fiction). The applications for entry ...Read More

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SCBWI Free Workshop for Writers of Color

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has organized a free workshop “geared towards writers of colour” called Need To Know: Knowing Your Power as an Author of Colour. “This workshop is aimed to help you break down the processes of being published so you know where your power lies.” The event is scheduled for January 15, 2022 and will take place virtually. Workshop leaders are Patrice Lawrence ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Online Classes

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online classes in 2022.

Gregory Ashe will teach “Scene & Sequel: How to Generate Character-Driven Momentum, Control Pacing, and Write a Page-Turning Story” from January 6 – February 3, 2022; Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 4 – February 15, 2022; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making ...Read More

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2021 Odyssey Scholarship Recipients

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced recipients of several of its scholarships available for students attending in 2021.

Mars Hawthorne and Erina Lee won the Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin and covering full tuition and housing for a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Catherine Yu won the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship, funded by Pam Metcalf Harrington, covering full tuition for “a fantasy novelist ...Read More

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Clarion West Receives NEA Grant

The Clarion West Writers Workshop has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as part of a round of funding totaling more than $88 million for projects across the country. Of that amount, $1,490,700 was granted to literary arts projects.

For more information, see the NEA website.

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Black Creatives Fund

We Need Diverse Books has launched a new program, the Black Creatives Fund, starting in Spring 2021. The program, sponsored by Penguin Random House, is devoted to “supporting emerging and established Black writers and illustrators,” with plans including a workshop on revision, mentorships, and marketing education in association with The Brown Bookshelf, a group devoted to pro­moting children’s literature by Black creators. The revision workshop will include stipends for a ...Read More

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2021 Odyssey Writing Workshop Applications Open

The 2021 Odyssey writing workshop is accepting applications until April 1, 2021. The six-week workshop will be held June 1 – July 7, 2021, though exactly where and how is yet to be determined:

If the world has returned to a post-COVID state of near normality, it will be held as usual on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. If social distancing is still neces­sary but ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshops Going Virtual

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced that its summer 2021 classes will be held online. The six-week course is normally held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH, though the 2020 session was also held online due to COVID concerns. Odyssey director Jeanne Cavelos said,

Odyssey brings together adult students of all ages from across the globe. Many may not have the opportunity to be vaccinated by summer. If one ...Read More

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BAME Fiction Development Program

Hachette UK has established a free fiction development program for “new, unagented and unpublished [writers] from a B.A.M.E (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background with a novel that you hope to submit within 3-6 months of completing the workshops.” Authors in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply. The program includes mentoring packages and online workshops with established editors, authors, and agents.

The application window closes September 14, 2020 at ...Read More

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2020 Odyssey Scholarship Recipients

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced recipients of several of its scholarships available for students attending in 2020.

Scott Gray won the Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin and covering full tuition and housing for a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Vikram Ramakrishnan won the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship, funded by Pam Metcalf Harrington, covering full tuition for “a fantasy writer whose novel excerpt ...Read More

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Borderlands Press Writers Bootcamp

Applications are now being accepted for the Writers Bootcamp, organized by Borderlands Press, to be held January 29-31, 2021 in Baltimore MD. Robert McCammon is special guest instructor. Other instructors include Ginjer Buchanan, Thomas F. Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, and Douglas E. Winter. The Tracie Orsi Memorial Scholarship grants free tuition to “the applicant who best exem­plifies Tracie’s talent and energy and determination to improve.” For more, or to apply: ...Read More

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Clarion West Offers Free Online Workshops

Clarion West is offering free writing workshops for teens and adults on a first come, first served basis. The classes and writing sprints will run from March 30 – April 24, 2020. Instructors include K. Tempest Bradford, Marie Brennan, Tobias Buckell, Curtis Chen, Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Elizabeth Hand, James Patrick Kelly, Fonda Lee, Henry Lien, Seanan McGuire, Ian Muneshwar, Brooks Peck, Laurie Penny, Erin Roberts, Nisi Shawl, James Sutter, ...Read More

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2020 Odyssey Writing Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2020, ranging in size from several hundred dollars to over $4,000. Scholarship applications and information queries should be made by contacting director Jeanne Cavelos. Scholarships include the Miskatonic Scholarship funded by George R.R. Martin for writers of Lovecraftian cosmic horror; the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship for novelists (applicants must submit a novel excerpt as ...Read More

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Taos Toolbox and Odyssey Applications Open

Applications for the 2020 Taos Toolbox writing workshop are open now through April 1, 2020. The two-week workshop will be held June 7-20, 2020 in Angel Fire NM and will feature Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress as instructors, with George R.R. Martin and E.M. Tippetts as special guest lecturers. Martin is sponsoring the Terran Award, “providing full tuition for an applicant from a non-English-speaking country.” Other scholarships are also ...Read More

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New Clarion West Scholarship for Native American Writers

Publishing firm Blue Corn Creations has gifted $1,000 to create a scholarship for writers of Native American descent who wish to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Blue Corn Creations owner Rob Schmidt said,

We’re excited about developing the next generation of Native superhero, science fiction, and action/adventure stories. To do that, we also need to develop the next generation of Native writers. This scholarship will help accomplish that.

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McIntyre Gives to Clarion West

Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019) has left her literary assets to Clarion West, expressing her wish that “the organization manage her liter­ary copyrights in perpetuity.” She also left a bequest of $387,129 to the program, the largest single financial gift in the organization’s history: “The bequest will bolster the Clarion West endowment, strengthening our mission and ensuring our financial stability for years. Vonda’s extraordinary generosity will allow Clarion West to continue ...Read More

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Writing the Other Scholarship Renamed

Administrators Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford announced that Writing the Other‘s financial aid program has been renamed the “Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship.” The scholarship began in 2016 when McIntyre donated anonymously to the Writing the Other online classes, and was originally named the Sentient Squid Scholarship in honor of a character from her Starfarer series of books.

“To date, the Sentient Squid Scholarship has provided over $15,000 ...Read More

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Clarion West 2020 Applications

Applications for Clarion West’s six-week summer workshop are open now through March 1, 2020. The workshop will be held June 21 – July 31, 2020 in Seattle WA, and will feature Ted Chiang, Neil Clarke, Tina Connolly, Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, and Caroline M. Yoachim as instructors. For more information, see the Clarion West website.

A.T. Greenblatt has announced that she will cover the application fees for two ...Read More

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