The good news keeps coming.
I’ve been invited to attend the Clarion West speculative fiction writers workshop this summer. No damned airplane rides required, either, because it’s going to be held right here in Seattle from June 20 until July 30.
That’s right. Six weeks, twenty-four and seven — eating, sleeping, talking and living speculative fiction with seventeen other writers and six established professionals, who will spend a week each with us, teaching us as much as we are able to absorb. This year’s instructors are Michael Bishop, Maureen McHugh, Nnedi Okorafor, Graham Joyce, Ellen Datlow, and Ian McDonald.
As a special bonus, my buddy, Jude-Marie Green, demon writer and associate editor of Abyss & Apex, the online speculative fiction magazine, will be on hand for the whole six weeks. Why? Because she’s been invited, too. You go, girl!
Clarion West has been called a pressure cooker, a boot camp for writers. At my age, I hope I’m up to it. Like the punch line to the old joke, I guess I’ll just have to take my chances.
And then a month later, I’ll be on my way to beautiful, downtown Hollywood (I think I’m going to take the train) for a week at the Writers of the Future workshop and awards gala. Joni Labaqui, the WOTF contest director, has said that among the other professionals on hand for the event, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle may be in attendance.
Be still, my beating heart.