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You know where I had a really excellent time? The Clarion Writer’s Workshop

Clarion and Clarion West (for those not in the know) are six-week summer workshops for science fiction and fantasy writers. You go, you live in a dorm with twenty other writers, you get instructed by a different professor each week, and every week you write a story and have your story critiqued. It’s a pretty intense […]

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Anatomy of a Semi-Mystical Workshop Experience

Just saw my friend Alex Kane’s blog post about the aftermath of going to Clarion West (which is a six-week summer workshop for SF writing that was taught, this year, by Neil Gaiman and a lot of other good writers who are about a tenth as famous as Neil Gaiman). He had a really good […]

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If you go to a workshop with the expectation that people will lavish praise on your writing, there is a nonzero chance that you will be destroyed

A bunch of my friends are going to writing workshops this summer, so I thought I’d share the most hard-won piece of advice that I possess: don’t go there looking for people to tell you that your writing is great. What makes this advice so hard-won is that I’ve gone into so many critique situations […]

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In Kolkata, sold a story

Since I last updated, I’ve flown from D.C. to Frankfort to Dubai to Islamabad to Lahore to Karachi back to Islamabad back to Karachi to Dhaka and am currently in Kolkata. Tomorrow I am flying to Manila via Bangkok. That’s my last real stop! I should be home in almost exactly one week. My blog […]

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