Most of you know that next year I will be teaching a week at Clarion, the intensive six-week science fiction and fantasy workshop, along with Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, John Kessel and Kij Johnson. If you want to be one of those who gets to drink from our veritable firehose of speculative fiction knowledge, now is the time to get your applications in order: The submission period for Clarion 2011 is now open, and runs through March 1, 2011.
What do you need to apply? From the Clarion site:
[Y]ou must submit a workshop application form, two short stories, a scholarship application (if applicable), and the application fee. All are submitted online using a registration service called RegOnline.
The application form asks for contact information, a brief summary of your educational background, and a few details about your writing habits and goals. You may submit a scholarship application along with your workshop application if you wish.
Admission to the workshop is based on the promise of the applicant’s writing at its present stage. In addition to the application you must submit two complete short stories, each between 2,500 words and 6,000 words in length. The stories should represent your best fiction work to date. Although skills acquired or developed at Clarion are useful in other kinds of writing, Clarion is a short-story writing workshop, so please do not send screenplays, poetry, essays, or portions of a novel.
Other questions you might have are probably covered in the Application FAQ.
There are 18 spots, and Clarion is highly competitive, so the part about your submission representing your best work to date isn’t just there for show. Get in there and wow ‘em, and hopefully I’ll see you in San Diego this summer.