Saturday, August 27, 2011

Clarion West one-day writing workshops

Clarion West is the best genre writing workshop in the world. It's a six-week writing boot camp in Seattle. Each week is led by a working writer at the top of their career. They share their skills and hard-won experience with eighteen students chosen from hundreds of applicants worldwide. Clarion West changes lives.

But what if you can't afford to take six weeks out from your normal life? What if you've been there, done that, and want more? What if you write romance or urban fantasy or westerns? Then you attend one of the brand-new, highly focused Clarion West One-Day Writing Workshops at Seattle Center specially designed for writers of all genres.

There are three scheduled for this year:

Alive in the World

  • Molly Gloss
  • Sunday, September 11, 2011
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Character and setting are often looked at as separate aspects of fiction, yet in fundamental ways the two work in tangled concert. Setting gives a character something to respond to, and in that response something important is revealed. Through writing and talking we’ll investigate the small, essential details of place that make the fictional world and the people in it whole and convincing.
  • Nonrefundable fee $125 – Limited to 12 students - Register here.
  • Molly Gloss is the multiple award-winning author of Wild Life, The Dazzle of Day, The Jump-Off Creek, and “Lambing Season.”
Jumpstart Your Novel
  • Mark Teppo
  • Sunday, October 9, 2011
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • This session will eradicate the first-page problem of any new novel project. Through hands-on exercises you’ll create character arcs, plot sketches, and a working outline. With these in hand you will elaborate on methods and techniques to guide you throughout the writing phase. At the end of the day the book will seem half-written.
  • Nonrefundable fee $125 – Limited to 12 students – Register here.
  • Mark Teppo writes urban fantasy novels with subversive twists and oversees transmedia collaborative writing projects including The Mongoliad.
Your First Scene
  • Nancy Kress
  • Sunday, November 6, 2011
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The first scene of your story or novel must do many things: capture an editor’s interest, set the tone of your work, and launch your characters and plot. This intensive workshop will explore ways to do all of this well, beginning with a lecture, discussion, and analysis of successful first scenes. The second part will focus on your own work (which must be submitted by email 10 days in advance). These submissions will be critiqued by the class and instructor.
  • Nonrefundable fee $140 – Limited to 10 students – Register here.
  • Nancy Kress is the former fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest and author of multiple award-winning stories and novels, including Probability Space and "Beggars in Spain."

I think these are going to be pretty special. Sign up soon. They're already filling up fast.

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