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Clarion Bound: Writing & Living at Clarion West 2011

I want to publish a non-fiction zine about my experiences at the 2011 Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Clarion Bound: Writing & Living at Clarion West 2011

I want to publish a non-fiction zine about my experiences at the 2011 Clarion West Writers Workshop.

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Last updated June 11, 2011

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I'd like to go to the Clarion West Writing Workshop this summer and publish my thoughts on the experience in a multi-media zine. This zine will present a unified narrative using short essays, photographs, collages, and a visual journal to provide the reader with a feeling of being immersed within the workshop. 

If you've never heard of Clarion West before, it is an intensive writing workshop that lasts for six weeks in Seattle. It is frequently referred to as "boot camp for writers." Each week there is a writer in residence who whips you into shape. You write stories, critique them, attend lectures, and live in an atmosphere of shared learning. All of the distractions of daily life are verboten. This concentrated infusion of writing knowledge has been a mile marker in the careers of some of the best writers in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Octavia E. Butler. David Marusek. Margo Lanagan. 

I have wanted to attend the workshop for years. Every March I submitted my stories, and then spent each day until I received the dreaded rejection email daydreaming about what it would be like to go to Clarion. I read and re-read Kate Wilhelm's wonderful book Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop. I searched for blogs and images, grasping at any mention of Clarion by a workshop graduate. I'd end my search late at night, my eyes tired from staring at a computer screen all day, still yearning for stories of Clarion by those who attended. 

Soon after I received the news of being accepted to this year's class (woohoo!!), I started playing around with the idea of making a zine about my time at the workshop. Originally I had thought I would only share it with my classmates, instructors, and the awesome people who make Clarion West happen. But then I remembered all of my time searching for information when I was a Clarion hopeful. And I realized that if there had been a zine about Clarion West from the perspective of a student, then I would have been really excited to read it. 

This zine is for the future Clarionites. The people who applied this year and didn't get in. But who will stick with it, making their submission stories stronger each year, until they receive the phone call.

It's also for Clarion alums. To show the workshop from another viewpoint, and show how it has changed (and stayed the same) since their year. 

And it's a way to say thank you to those who want to support young writers. 

Thank you! 

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