Once again that magic time of year is here: high summer, time for the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop. (In less than 20 days in fact! The Workshop begins on June 18th this year!)
What does this mean? It means that the Clarion West Write-a-thon is also coming. The Write-a-thon is the annual charity fundraiser for professional writers and graduates of the workshop. It runs concurrently with the Workshop, so that while the new kids are in the bootcamp, writing their guts out and suffering from sleep deprivation and caffeine poisoning, the alumni are out in the field, raising money to keep the workshop in paperclips–and of course to provide scholarships for those students who might be able to attend without a little help.
Like last year and the year before, I will be typing my little heart out to raise money for charity. If you like my writing, and you’d like to be among the first people in the world to read SIX brand new short stories (never-before-read-by-anyone) in science fiction, fantasy and horror genres…all you have to do is sponsor my Write-a-thon with a donation of $5 or more.
As a thank you for your support, I will email you a free .pdf at the end of each week with a brand new story. And your donation, I would add, is tax deductible. 🙂
If you donate $50 or more, I will personally sign a copy of my next science fiction novel when it comes out in trade paperback, and mail it direct to your door.
And if you mention that you’re a Sword of the Stars fan when you make your Paypal donation, I will put you on the mailing list for a special SotS-Lore bonus gift! 🙂
For those of you who wonder why you should support Clarion West? Well, if you love SF, fantasy and horror, the answer is pretty easy. The Clarion West Writer’s Workshop is an annual summer bootcamp for new and unpublished writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. For six weeks every summer, a group of students receives intensive instruction and critique from a group of their peers and a series of six seasoned professionals in the field of speculative fiction.
Typically the instructors are five authors and one editor (the mix varies). Students attending this year, for example, will be receiving instruction from Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, Connie Willis, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Graham Jones, George R.R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”) and Chuck “Fight Club” Palahniuk.
I myself graduated from Clarion West in 1990, and the workshop played a large part in boosting me from amateur status to a working professional. Mecron (Martin E. Cirulis, Lead Designer and CEO of Kerberos Productions, and the author of the scripts from Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon and Ground Control), is also a Clarion West alumni. Other game writers who graduated from Clarion West include Jeff Spock, who worked on Ubisoft’s Might and Magic series and Dark Messiah; Diana Sherman, who works at Cryptic Studios on Champions On-line and the Neverwinter roleplaying game; and Eric S. Nylund, who works at Microsoft Game Studios as a writer and consultant on the Halo series and Gears of War.
The contribution of Clarion West to the gaming industry is just one of many reasons that I participate in the Write-a-thon each year, trying to raise as much money as I can to help pay for quality instructors and to provide scholarships for students who might not otherwise be able to attend.
Those of you who choose to support the future of SF and chuck in a few bucks for a worthy cause? Please put a note in the comment section of your Donation to let me know if you’re a SotS fan. Members of the Kerberos Productions forums who make a donation are going on a special list to receive some free SotS-related bonus Lore as a token of my appreciation, and I have a few other goodies I can set aside for people who enjoy my work in Lovecraftian horror.
Please help to foster the literature of the future. Every donation is tax deductible, every donation helps, and you get free stuff. You can’t lose. 🙂