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Avadore has signed up for the Clarion West Write-a-thon. His page is here. Please take a look :).

I'm certainly not as cute as Avadore, but my Write-a-thon page is here.
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It's that time of year again. Clarion West and Clarion San Diego are in full swing and dozens of laptops and computers are aflame as writers donate their writing to raise money for Clarion West.

It's not hyperbole when I tell you Clarion West changed my entire life for the better. Most importantly, it made me a much better writer.

Clarion West is a non-profit organization, surviving (for twenty-seven consecutive years now) primarily from donations and fund-raising efforts--tuition pays for a very small portion of the costs associated with such a venture. I hope you'll find the time to check out the Write-a-thon page, linger over the participants at the bottom of the page, and even find someone you'd like to sponsor. No amount is too little. Don't feel embarrassed about giving up your latte for one day and donating the cost of your caffeinated yumminess; the $4 donated to Clarion West will go further--guaranteed. For one thing, Amazon is offering Clarion West a matching grant up to 25k this year, but only on funds collected into October. For another, you'll be able to brag to friends, neighbors, family, and the Klingon-speaking hottie hanging in the dealer's room at your favorite con that you helped support the wonderful, talented alumni we'll be seeing in print in the future. It's a multi-faceted investment :D.

And yes, I am participating in the Write-a-thon this year. I'm writing two new short stories and rewriting one story and sending it out into the cold, cruel world. I'm currently in the middle of one short story and rewrites. I'll let you know how it goes.
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I completed the write-a-thon. YAY!

Read more... )
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By the way, my 2009 Clarion West write-a-thon status:

I said I'd write the first draft of a 200 page short novel. Today I finished page 179.

We keep trucking along.
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Clarion West 2009 started this week. I'll have thoughts on that another time. Believe me, I certainly have them.

However, that's not the reason I come before you today. Today I come before you to spread word of the Clarion West Write-A-Thon, where some amazingly talented writers of all skill levels write our mad hearts out during the six weeks Clarion West is in session with the intention of raising funds for our beloved workshop.

Clarion West is a non-profit organization. Though Clarion West does charge tuition to attend, these monies only cover a certain percentage of what it takes to fund the workshop each year. Additionally, Clarion West offers scholarship funds to promising writers who would not be able to afford the workshop otherwise. The money to make up the uncovered balance of the yearly workshop and the scholarship funds have to come from somewhere. Clarion West has received grants, but a substantial portion of their funds come from donors and the Write-A-Thon.

I strongly encourage you to click the link above and check out the list of writers who are taking donations for the Write-A-Thon this year. It's for a good cause, and it's a fine investment in your reading future.

I also want to note that all involved are aware of the current economic situation affecting so many of us. Please know that small amounts add up and are greatly appreciated.

As for me, I'll be spending the six weeks writing the first draft of Paradise, the short novel I outlined with Chuck Palahniuk during Week 6 of Clarion West 2008 (the best Clarion West year ever--just saying ;)). I'm already twelve pages in. I'll write at least another three today when I'm not writing freelance articles.

 
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