Clarion West has tools and tips to help you with the Write-a-thon:
- A customizable flyer—fill in your information, print out, and post it at your school or work: RTF format, .DOC format, .DOCX format
- A template for email sponsorship requests that you can customize and send
- Sample goals
- A guide to having a great Write-a-thon
- Our Write-a-thon FAQ
Clarion West also has an active Facebook group where you can connect with your fellow writers. We will be having some special events during the Write-a-thon; details will be posted on this site and on Facebook.
Schedule of in-person events
Seattle, WA: Write-a-thon kickoff event at the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle, June 15, 7 p.m. (see the Facebook event for more information)
Come meet your fellow Write-a-thon participants and get jazzed up for the next six weeks! Have a pastry on us and purchase some of the Wayward’s delicious beverages.
Mountain View, CA: Write-a-thon kickoff event at Red Rock Coffee, June 18, 2-3 p.m.
201 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Meet up with Tim Susman and other Bay Area Write-a-thon participants,
Astoria, NY: Write-a-thon meetup at the New York City Bagel & Coffee House, Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning on June 22
2908 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY
Meet up with Bill Shunn and other East Coast Write-a-thon participants every Wednesday evening from June 22 to July 27.
Seattle, WA: Write-a-thon meetup at Ada’s Technical Books, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
425 15th Ave E, Seattle
Meet for writing and convivial conversation with Brooks Peck, Clarion West alumnus and EMP curator.
Sumner, WA: Write-a-thon meetup at Urban Timber Coffee, July 14, 7-10 p.m.
6621 166th Ave. E, Sumner, WA
Meet for writing and conversation with your fellow south-of-Seattle writers. Hosted by Patrick Swenson, Clarion West alumnus and Fairwood Press publisher, and author of The Ultra Thin Man and The Ultra Big Sleep.
Seattle, WA: Write-a-thon meetup at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (Screening Room private event), July 19, 6-9 p.m.
8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA
Meet up for writing and conversation with Evan J. Peterson, CW graduate, essayist, author of Skin Job and The Midnight Channel, editor of Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5.
Schedule of Write-a-thon events (all times Pacific Daylight Time)
6/22 6 to 7 p.m. Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
6/26 10 to 11 AM Tweetchat with Curtis C. Chen, author of the upcoming novel Waypoint Kangaroo
6/29 6 to 7 p.m. Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
7/2 9 to 10 a.m. Write-a-thon Saturday writing sprint
7/6 6 to 7 p.m. Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
7/9 9 to 10 a.m. Write-a-thon Saturday writing sprint
7/10 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tweetchat with Caroline M. Yoachim, author of the upcoming collection Seven Wonders of the Once and Future World
7/13 6 to 7 p.m. Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
7/16 9 to 10 a.m. Write-a-thon Saturday writing sprint
7/20 6 to 7 p.m. Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
7/23 9 to 10 a.m. Write-a-thon Saturday writing sprint
7/27 6 to 7 p.m.Write-a-thon Wednesday writing sprint
What’s a writing sprint?
Just what it sounds like–hit the ground and get some words down! We’ll be holding sprints two times most weeks, coordinated through Twitter, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings Pacific time. Writing sprints are a great way to write alongside your Write-a-thon compatriots. The sprints are optional, but we encourage everyone to try one or two if they can.
What’s a Tweetchat?
Tweetchats are events where we hang out on Twitter and talk about how the Write-a-thon is going and have a conversation with one of the writers from our community. Our Tweetchats last about an hour and are facilitated by the @ClarionWest Twitter account. Our hashtag is #writeathon. We recommend using the Tweetchat web app to participate: http://tweetchat.com/room/writeathon.
Write-a-thon prize drawing
If you join the Write-a-thon and fill out your profile with a writing sample, writing description, and writing goals, you’ll be eligible to win one of the following books about writing:
The Unstrung Harp (Edward Gorey), inscribed by Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch
Making Shapely Fiction (Jerome Stern), inscribed by Kij Johnson
Becoming a Writer (Dorothea Brande), inscribed by Nancy Kress
Telling Tales (Clarion West anthology), inscribed by one of the authors
Seveneves (Neal Stephenson), signed by Neal Stephenson
Writing the Other (Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward), inscribed by Nisi Shawl
The drawing will take place on July 29. Books will be mailed to the winners in August.