Neile Graham (neile) wrote,
Neile Graham

Les Semaines, June 28, 2009: First Week of Clarion West 2009

Fastest, most-packed two weeks ever. (Maybe, but don't I say this every year?) The class of Clarion West 2009 is here and moved in the house, have survived orientation and their first week, and I'm sure they already feel like they've lived here forever.

John Kessel was their first week's instructor, and he had some terrific exercises for them and lots of information about telling details and most especially about plot. He's a wonderful teacher and I really enjoyed seeing him in the classroom. I think it made for a great start for the students.

This is a terrific and smart class, who have wisely made some great agreements about dealing with workshop pressures, and have a lot invested in making the workshop work for all of them. So far they describe themselves simply as hardworking--we'll see what they add to that over time. It's amazing to see a group of talented individuals start to become a class, a group of people with this experience in common.

Preparing for the workshop was combinated with wrapping up things for the year at my UW job, moving the Clarion West office, Devin having ACL surgery (she's doing really well), her father (Jim's brother) visiting to help her during the first bit of recovery and it being his birthday and father's day. Then this first week of the workshop combined with another niece having a brain tumour discovered and operated on (things look good as far as we can tell, and she's recovering really well) and starting the write-a-thon, with the weekend packed with the Locus Awards and Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction.


Sorry I've been so bad about keeping up to date here. The state of the Neile is way too busy and not coping with it so very well, I'm afraid.


For my listening, reading, and writing news, and for a day in the life of a writer traveling to Scotland see Les Semaines.


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