Clarion West Alumni News for January 2019

Welcome, friends, to 2019!

We wish you all a fantastic start to the year, and hope you’re staying warm through the rain and snow this season.

Here at Clarion West HQ, we’re starting the year off with a bang. Application season for our Summer Workshop is in full swing, and there are approximately three weeks left before February 10, when our $25 early bird application discount ends. As always, if you or anyone you know are on the fence about applying, please encourage them to give it a shot.

One of the most common concerns we hear from Summer Workshop applicants is the issue of cost. And we get it: $4200 is a lot to spend. So it bears repeating that we do our best every year to make Clarion West as financially accessible as we can to everyone: we offer numerous types of aid, scholarships, and travel stipends to help out. We’re happy to say that through the tireless generosity of our community, a large percentage of incoming students qualify for this kind of aid every year.

To all of you on Twitterwho have been voicing support to new CW applicants, and especially those of you who have volunteered to sponsor applications for others: thank you. We see you, and we’re touched by your generosity and enthusiasm.

We’re counting down to our first One-Day Workshop for the year, which will be taught by the inimitable Seanan McGuire. Seanan is a fantastic speaker and writer, and is running a workshop on themed short story anthologies and how to submit to them. If you’re interested, check out Tailored Stories for Tailored Markets, which will run on January 27.

Just two weeks after that is a workshop taught by Daryl Gregory. Daryl was an excellent instructor at our 2017 Summer Workshop, and we’re excited to see him bring his dramatic expertise to Running From Bears on February 10.

Alumni News

Cynthia Ward (CW ’92) recently saw two stories published: “Body Drift” in Analog, and “#rising” in Weird Mask Magazine. Her story “Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat” was just published in the January 2019 issue of Broadswords & Blasters. Her short dieselpunk novel, The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, was released by Aqueduct Press in December, and a previous novel of hers, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is a finalist for the 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

Andy Duncan (CW ’94) has released a new story collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories, from Small Beer Press. It contains two new novelettes, “An Agent of Utopia” and “Joe Diablo’s Farewell,” as well as ten reprints. He also released two new novelettes in 2018: “New Frontiers of the Mind” in Analog and “The Devil’s Whatever” in The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois. Andy will be teaching at Clarion UCSD this summer, in week four.

Natalia Theodoridou (CW ’18) has three new stories out: “Poems Written While,” in Uncanny Magazine; “What It Sounds Like When You Fall,” in Nightmare Magazine; and “One’s Burden, Again,” in Clarkesworld.

Anne Toole (CW ’11) has authored a four-issue series of graphic novels based on the Halo video games. The first issue of Halo: Lone Wolf has been released in retail comic outlets, from Dark Horse.

Nancy Jane Moore (CW ’97) has a story, “Passing,” up at Curious Fictions.

Robert Guffey (CW ’96) has a story, “This Wound of Glass,” in New Reader Magazine.

Craig L. Gidney (CW ’96) has a story in the latest edition of The Revelator: “Black Winged Roses.”

Steve Miller (CW ’73) has a story in the new anthology Release the Virgins, an anthology of eighteen stories with only one thing in common: they all contain the phrase “Release the virgins.”

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has announced a new short story collection, to be published by NewCon Press. The collection is called The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), and will be released in August 2019.

Michael Bishop, a three-time Clarion and Clarion West instructor, was recently inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

See you next month!

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