So, the gag order has finally been lifted, and I’m really excited to tell everyone that I have been accepted to the Clarion Workshop at UC San Diego. Attending the Clarion Workshop has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I sincerely believe that Clarion is going to provide me with the springboard I need to get my writing career off the ground. Some of the authors to come out of Clarion include Tobias Buckell, Octavia Buttler, Robert Crais, Cory Doctorow, Scott Edelman, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, and many more. This year the instructors are Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park.
For those of you who don’t know, Clarion is one of the oldest SF/F writers workshops around, and it’s the best. I’m expecting 18-hour days of non-stop writing, reading, and discussion. As I prep to leave, and then attend the workshop, I will update my blog more frequently. This is really why I wanted to start The Truth of Fiction in the first place, to share my life quest with all of you. This is the call to adventure. I’ll give you a terrible Star Wars metaphor, so you can understand what this means to me.
I’m Luke Skywalker, and I view writing the way Luke viewed adventure. Until now, I’ve just been playing with Biggs, doing my chores, and bull’s-eyeing wamprats. But now, the emails saying I’ve been accepted to Clarion, those are like R2-D2. And Clarion’s gonna be the Jundland Wastes. It’s rough out there. Lots of sand. Some smoked jawas, some tusken raiders, and some single-file banthas. But in the end, I’m going to meet more than a couple of Obi-Wans, and at the end of the day, I bet one of them hooks me up with a lightsaber.