Potlatch 15 Taste of Clarion West Writers' Workshops
A Taste of Clarion West
Once again, Potlatch will be holding a short story workshop.
Workshops are a great way to get feedback on a story. Perhaps more
important, they are a great way to learn about what makes stories
succeed and fail in general, through the process of critiquing
others' work and comparing your critiques with others'. They're a
great way to meet other writers, and work with a couple of
professionals in the field. Finally, if you're considering applying
for Clarion West they should give
you a small inkling of what the Clarion West workshop process is
Please check back here for more information, including updates
on workshop instructors, and workshop availability status. If you
have any questions, email me at the address below.
Journeyman Writers' Workshop
This year for the first time we are experimenting with a Journeyman
workshop. We envision it as a tool for recharging and refocusing
more advanced writers. Perhaps you have a sale or two but feel as
if you've lost steam; maybe you're a Clarion West graduate who's
looking to get back to writing after years on other projects, or are
just looking to add new tools to your kit. This is the workshop for
you, with like-level participants. Since this an experiment we
don't know what demand is like. Please let us know as early as
possible if you want to participate; this workshop will only be held
if there's enough interest.
How To Apply
- Complete an SF, Fantasy, or Horror short story (maximum 7500
words). No fragments; no novel chapters; no poetry. One submission
- Proofread it carefully. Make sure it represents the best you can
- Print it out in standard manuscript format (see
http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm for more information).
Fasten the manuscript with a paper clip.
- Write a cover letter with a short (1-2 pages) writer's bio. Have
you published before? Have you been to other writer's workshops? Are
you part of a writer's group? Are you new to writing? What are your
hopes and expectations for writing in the future? Be sure to
include your mailing address, and your email address if you have
one. Please specify which workshop -- Taste of Clarion West or
Journeyman Workshop -- you wish to participate in. If you're
interested in the Journeyman workshop, please let me know whether
you'd like to participate in the Taste of Clarion West workshop if
the Journeyman workshop is not held.
- Send the manuscript and cover letter, along with a check or money
order for $10 to cover copying and postage, to:
Potlatch 15 Writers' Workshop
Make checks payable to David D. Levine.
c/o David D. Levine
1905 SE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
All submissions must be RECEIVED by January 15, 2006.
The Workshop Process
- Once all participants are selected, I will send each participant
a copy of everyone else's story.
- Critique each of the stories. This means to read the story
carefully, one or more times, making notes in the manuscript about
what makes the story work or not work for you. See
http://www.sfwritersworkshop.org/sfwwguide.php for some guidelines
on things to think about as you're critiquing.
- Write up your critique comments on each story -- one or two
pages, typed or neatly handwritten, that sum up your reactions.
- Bring your comments and the marked-up manuscripts to the
- All the workshop participants, plus two professional writers,
get together in a room at the convention and critique each story in
turn. Each participant will have three minutes to say what worked
and didn't work for them in each story. The person whose story is
being critiqued can answer questions, but otherwise does not speak
until everyone else has given their critique.
Need More Information?
Contact David Levine at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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