What's Clarion (UCSD)? It's a six-weeks-long science fiction and fantasy workshop founded in 1968. I attended in 1996, when it was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The workshop has since moved to the University of California San Diego, where I hope there are fewer mosquitoes. It has also spawned Clarion West, a workshop in Seattle.
What's the Write-a-Thon? It's a fundraiser for Clarion. During the six weeks that Clarion is underway — this year, June 26 to August 6 — writers who support Clarion write with a goal in mind, and seek sponsors. More info here:
What's my goal? To finish editing my novel for my publisher. I will be blogging about that here during the next six weeks.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to sponsor me. (Or another writer, at least. You can chose among hundreds for Clarion UCSD and West — writers love Clarion.) No donation is too small (or too big).
My sponsor page:
You can win great prizes if you donate:
And if I get enough donations, I can win great prizes, too. (Hint.)
In any case, I'll get a finished manuscript, you'll be able to buy the novel in 2012, and Clarion will continue to produce exciting new writers.
— Sue Burke