Writing for the World with Karen Lord


Writing for the World with Karen Lord

Cultural hegemony in literature may provide a shared language for the writer to communicate to the reader – or it may privilege familiar and easy stories over the unusual. Is it possible to write for and be understood by readers worldwide without compromising identity and experience? Can a text maintain uniqueness and authenticity without being placed in a niche or on the margins? This workshop will examine what makes a story globally accessible, and offer guidelines at each phase: concept and draft, first readers and editors, and marketing and reviews.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 25, from 10:00-12:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Barbadian novelist and research consultant Dr Karen Lord is the author of Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her other works include the science fiction novels The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Galaxy Game, and the crime-fantasy novel Unraveling. She edited the anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Understanding Your Inner Editor with Julia Rios


Understanding Your Inner Editor with Julia Rios 

Some additional room has been made available for this event! Register here to join the session.




Some writers plan things out well in advance and others write things down in an unplanned rush. Regardless, most of us have an inner editor—the critical voice that tells you you’re doing something wrong. How do you quiet it down when it’s overzealous? When and how can it help to listen to your inner editor? This workshop will go over some tools for helping your wildly creative side coexist in peace with your orderly and critical side, and for understanding how (and when) to polish your words.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 25, from 3:00-5:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Julia Rios is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about how the movies we watch in childhood shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Find them on Twitter as @omgjulia.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

WHAT WRITERS MUST DO TO WRITE ALTERNATE HISTORY with Jack Dann


Friday July 24 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

WHAT WRITERS MUST DO TO WRITE ALTERNATE HISTORY: A No-nonsense Fiction Workshop with Jack Dann
This 90-minute interactive workshop with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann can change the way you approach the craft of creating alternate histories. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of this popular genre.

Jack will provide an overview of the nature of alternate history, review the special problems involved in the craft of creating counterfactual fiction, and recommend a ‘counterfactual toolbox’ of craft solutions, which include:

• How to choose a ‘divergent point’ that the average reader can recognize.
• How to utilize the technique of Heinleining, which involves providing concise but necessary details in the form of clues without distorting the narrative.
• How to bring a story to life by selecting and emphasizing certain specific details of an imagined world to create an illusion of coherence and complexity that is experienced as ‘real’, rather than a ‘dump’ of information.
• How to use paratextual elements, such as chapter quotes, maps, and fictional documents to create authenticity.
• How to describe familiar places and characters which may have different characteristics and functions in your counterfactual story world.

Lastly, in order to create a ‘visceral’ understanding of the craft, Jack will illustrate exactly how these techniques work. As mentioned above, this intensive workshop is interactive, in that Jack will respond to participants’ questions and direct himself to their craft issues.

Your Zoom session information will be sent in your confirmation email. Please look for it at the bottom of your confirmation email. If you do not see your Zoom information or have other questions, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Writing Sessions are Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Film to Page with DongWon Song


Film to Page: What Watching Movies Can Teach Us About Writing with DongWon Song

This workshop will focus on some core film techniques and examples that can be used to illustrate core craft techniques. We’ll be addressing structure, worldbuilding through material design, creating deep emotional impact, and pacing. We’ll pair watching clips of scenes with discussion. Please note that there will be some violence in the selected scenes, although nothing graphic or extreme.

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 7, from 4-:00-6:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Shifting Sands with Sarah Pinsker


Techniques for generating near-future stories, and how to deal with futures that come at you fast.

SCHEDULE: 90 minutes, 1 session

Monday, July 13 at 5:00 PM PDT

Your Zoom session information will be sent in your confirmation email. Please look for it at the bottom of your confirmation email. If you do not see your Zoom information or have other questions, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Writing Sessions are Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Moving from the Novel to the Short Story with Arkady Martine


Moving from the Novel to the Short Story–and Back Again with Arkady Martine

Short fiction and novel-length work demand different competencies and skills of the author –pacing, character development, and worldbuilding are all utilized differently depending on the amount of space the author has to work in. Many authors write both short and long-form fiction, and must negotiate the different ways of employing their craft in each form. This short workshop focuses on the differences between writing short and writing long, what traps to watch out for when shifting between modes, and how short and long-form fiction can be mixed together fruitfully in a writing career.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM PDT
60 minutes

About the instructor:
Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian
of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border
politics, narrative and rhetoric, risk communication, and the edges of the world. She is
currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources
Department, where she works on climate change mitigation, energy grid modernization,
and resiliency planning. Her debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, was released in
March 2019 from Tor Books. Arkady grew up in New York City, and after some time in
Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and Baltimore, lives in New Mexico with her wife, the author
Vivian Shaw. Find Arkady online at www.arkadymartine.net or on Twitter as
@ArkadyMartine.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Hard Science Fiction With Heart with Dominica Phetteplace


Hard Science Fiction With Heart with Dominica Phetteplace

Description: Hard Science Fiction is a genre of near-future science fiction that seeks to extrapolate present day science and technology into the future. This class is for those seeking to craft a more inclusive form of this genre. We can do this in two ways: by broadening our definition of what science and technology are and by thinking about the widespread effects of scientific and technological change across society.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 18, from 10:00-12:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Dominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Barbara Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park, Marble House Project and the MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

 

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Making Your Story Openings Stand Out with Scott Andrews


Making Your Story Openings Stand Out with Scott Andrews

Learn how to make the openings of your short stories stand out in the submissions pile with seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist editor Scott H. Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine.

Magazines get thousands of short story submissions; your story’s opening needs to engage the submissions readers immediately. This class will describe how magazine submissions really work and share insight on ways to create engaging first lines and opening paragraphs that bring the reader into the story, and where to go after that. Analysis of opening lines and paragraphs from a variety of published stories will highlight different approaches that have worked for some great stories and can in your own work. Discussion of concepts, techniques, and examples will give you tools for crafting story openings that can stand out in the submissions pile.

Schedule:
Wednesday, July 22, from 5:00-7:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Scott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, eleven guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He writes, teaches college chemistry, and is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the six-time Hugo Award finalist online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Scott is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Space & Time, Crossed Genres, and Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Tales.

Scott has taught writing at the Odyssey Workshop, Writefest, and online for Odyssey Online Classes and Cat Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. He has lectured on short fiction, secondary-world fantasy, editing, magazine publishing, audio podcasting, beer, and heavy metal on scores of convention panels at multiple Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and regional conventions in the Northeast and Midwest. He is a six-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and he celebrates International Stout Day several times a week.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Going Through an Impasse: Writing While Blocked with Eileen Gunn


Going Through an Impasse: Writing While Blocked with Eileen Gunn

Many writers experience creative blocks at some point in their careers. Is blocking a defect, a benefit, or simply the normal irregularity that results from hand craftsmanship? This hands-on workshop will help participants identify behavior and triggers that lead to blocking, and will provide exercises and interventions that can help resolve short-term and long-term creative blocks. This is not psychotherapy: it’s tricks of the trade.

Schedule:
Class meets 4 times, M, T, W, Th, July 20-July 23, from 4:30-6:00 PM PDT
90 minute sessions

Eileen Gunn headshotAbout the instructor:
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer, essayist, and editor, the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014).  Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential SF magazine on the Web, 2001-2008. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is at http://www.eileengunn.com/.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Finding Hope in Dark Dystopia with Marlee Jane Ward


Finding Hope in Dark Dystopia with Marlee Jane Ward

Some additional room has been made available for this event! Register here to join the session.


How can you write a dystopia when you’re living in one? Dystopian fiction once explored what might happen if we did not diverge from our current path, so what happens when we’re already there? Dystopia might seem like the last thing anyone wants to read right now, but this workshop explores how we can use the form to examine a way out. Focusing on community, mutual aid and support, let’s discuss how to use this powerful genre to model solutions for a more equitable future. Schedule: Saturday, July 11, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT

About the instructor: Marlee Jane Ward is a reader, writer and professional weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She is a Clarion West alum (2014), and the author of Welcome To Orphancorp, which won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for YA Fiction and the Viva La Novella prize. Her short fiction is published at Apex, Terraform, Aurealis, Interfictions and more. She writes non-fiction under the name Mia Walsch, and her memoir, Money For Something, will be released in July.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon!