Here’s a new & recommended blog for speculative fiction writers, the Clarion Blog, “discussing the art, craft, and business of speculative fiction.”

Started this May, it offers posts with titles like: Is Your Lizard-Man a Close Talker? (by Kater Cheek). It also has guest posts from agents & editors, and offers frequent writing prompts/story starters. Stuff to tickle the imagination of any writer!

It’s connected with the well-known Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Based at UC San Diego, 2010 sessions start end of June. Too late to register for this year, but consider it for a coming year.

For more, here’s how the Clarion Writer’s Workshop works and why so many participants go on to literary success.

It’s a famous program; it offers the chance to learn (about craft and career) from the best writers of fantasy and science fiction. (For decades, Clarion was at Michigan State University in East Lansing. In 2007, it relocated to the San Diego site.) Faculty writers in residence for 2010 include Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Samuel R. Delaney, and Jeff VanderMeer. From the workshop’s website:

Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim.

(I also enjoy a book on my shelves called Storyteller, by Kate Wilhelm, who co-founded and taught for many years with her husband Damon Knight at Clarion. Kate is the author of more than 30 novels; her book is chock-full of detailed tips for good storytelling, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the early years of Clarion.)

Note: Two other spin-off, independent workshops exist: Clarion South in Australia and Clarion West in Seattle, Washington. Founded by Clarion alumni, the workshops follow “the Clarion model.”

So check out the new Clarion Blog . . . if you want to connect with a high-powered community of writers with the right stuff!

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