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Clarion is The Big SF writing workshop (most graduates who continue writing WILL sell stories and become known SF/fantasy writers). theferrett is attending this year and wrote a post about what he's gleaned thus far.

This link is to his post.

Read. Discuss. I thought about you, Lisa, when I saw the "overexplain to your reader" point.

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lisapt
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Looks great, and long. I'll have to read it when I get home.

Now I want to go to Clarion. Actually, I really just want to take a week off life and spend it writing by myself. At the moment, I don't think I need any more input until I strat producing more output.
anderyn
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Clarion is SIX WEEKS, baby.

You'd never last that long.

Neither would I!!!!!

lisapt
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I could go six weeks without the job, but not the family or the friends.

Still want to go though.
anderyn
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'd like to go, but I don't think my skillz are up to that point. Anyhow, I'd miss my little blond sleeping partner (two nights in a row, Griffin has decided that Grandma's bed is where he NEEDS to sleep), not to mention the little curly-top CEO and the big guy who sounds like Darth Vader when he sleeps, now. :-) And it's over $6000 (not counting travel expenses and I don't know if the room and board is counted in that or not, either).
So no Clarion for ME.
pefhlawae
Jul. 10th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
So I read it and he has some good points, and all, but I have to say, I have seen Return of the Jedi so many times I have the dialogue memorized. And I really had to stop to think before I remembered the damn Ewok. Why? Well, cause it was an Ewok for cying out loud and who really cares about ewoks? This is an example of story failure. We were supposed to care about the ewoks, but they were too annoying, so who cares about a stupid crying ewok. It didn't influence the plot, it didn't influence the main characters. It's dumb. And the Maltese Falcon is awesome, but the plot does too matter. The plot is what sets up these great character moments that this guy seems to like so much. Without that those moments have no impact, no meaning; they are just ridiculous emotionalism. Okay, I feel better now. Rant over. Moving on.
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