Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 3.09.17 PMBe my muse — and help launch the careers of the next generation of speculative fiction writers!

The Clarion West Write-a-thon is the major fundraising event for Clarion West, the nonprofit that organizes the renowned six-week residential workshop for emerging writers. The Write-a-thon is what Nicola Griffith calls “the shadow workshop”: It gives participants (many of them workshop alumni) the opportunity to set and pursue short-term writing goals while raising money for Clarion West and raising awareness of the field of speculative fiction.

Your donation makes it possible for Clarion West do great work — offering substantive student scholarships, attracting the top instructors in the field, and adhering to nonprofit best practices that ensure the organization’s sustainability. Visit the Write-a-thon site to read writing samples from the more than 250 participants and choose writers to sponsor.

This year you have an opportunity to sponsor me and be my muse:

I’m writing six short stories (one per week of the Write-a-thon). I will dedicate each of my six Write-a-thon stories to a muse — the person who makes the most significant Clarion West donation during that particular writing week (Sunday through Saturday). I’ll get a list of my sponsors the following week and let you know right away if you are a muse (insert puns here).

Once you are a muse, you get to join me in the long process of actually selling the story. Help me decide where to submit the story. Suffer with me through rejections! It may be a year or two before our story is sold — if ever. But…when it is sold, I’ll take you out to dinner or cook you dinner (if you’re local). If you are a long-distance muse, I’ll send you a gourmet treat (as much as I’d love to fly to Mumbai to take you out to dinner!).

Find out more and contribute to Clarion West via my Write-a-thon page.

My previous Write-a-thon projects

For the 2012 Write-a-thon I wrote (and published under Creative Commons licenses) two short stories inspired by the works of geek-culture songwriter Jonathan Coulton:

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