This summer, Line Break invites you to help support one of the very best writing programs in the speculative fiction field!
The Clarion West Writers Workshop kicks off its summer session for 2016 in Seattle this week, bringing students from around the world together with accomplished professionals in the field for an intensive six-week workshop in science fiction and fantasy writing.
Clarion West (together with the original Clarion Workshop on which it was modeled) does important work in the field, giving new writers the technical and critical tools they need to succeed commercially and artistically. Our Line Break host and producer William Shunn knows. He attended Clarion in 1985, and he says it's no exaggeration that the experience changed his life.
But Clarion West can't do what it does without community support. How can you help? Every year the Clarion West Write-A-Thon
runs concurrently with the workshop itself, encouraging participating writers to set and pursue their own summer writing agendas.
If you're a writer, you can participate in the Write-A-Thon by signing up here. Set a six-week writing goal, upload a sample from your work-in-progress, and start finding sponsors!
Additionally, if you're a writer in New York City, you can join William Shunn for his weekly Write-A-Thon meetups in Astoria, Queens. Every Wednesday night, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Bill will hang out with his laptop at New York City Bagel & Coffee House, writing. If you need a supportive, quiet environment for writing every week, come meet up with the group. There's great coffee, great bagels, and plenty of wi-fi, and it's close to the N/Q stop at Ditmars Boulevard. Find NYCBCH at 29-08 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens, NY 11105.
Of course, you can also support the Write-A-Thon with a donation, by sponsoring William Shunn or one of the many other writers participating. For more information about that option, click here.
But however you choose to help Clarion West, please do it now! Every little bit helps.