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28 June 2010 @ 12:10 pm
First Week Write-a-thon Report  
As most of you already know, I'm participating in the Clarion West Write-a-Thon this year.

My modest goal this year is two + one = two submissions + one new draft or major re-draft. It's definitely a challenge to me to keep submissions out in the mail at any time, but I'm pushing that a little farther to keep drafting new work in the midst of running the writing workshop.

This week I met my goals by sending out a novel query to an agent, a poetry submission to a new online magazine, and I kind of faked the draft business as at the last minute I realized there was a grant deadline I wanted to catch so my draft for the first week was a grant project statement.

Any support, no matter how small, moral or financial, is welcome. There are two ways you can help:

1. Pledge towards my goals. The Write-a-Thon is a fundraiser for the Clarion West Writing Workshop. You can pledge as much or as little as you want: $1/week, $2/week, $5/week, $25/week, or just a flat sum. Friends putting their money where my mouth is is highly motivating. Please don't feel obligated to pledge--but if you'd like to do so, you're supporting a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to developing new writers. Donations are tax-deductible.

2. Offer support and encouragement. This is just as important to me as pledges.

Either way, let me know if you'd like me send you a weekly email with updates on my Write-a-Thon progress. I want to send out some sort of small thank-you gift to sponsors, so if you don't already have a copy of my poetry CD, I will come up with something else: maybe a lavender sachet from my garden. Or maybe an exclusive poetry broadside/flyer.

To make things easy, Clarion West has given us each our own write-a-thon page and PayPal buttons. I can certainly take checks, or you can send them directly to Clarion West (P.O. Box 31264, Seattle WA 98103-1264), but if you find the web more convenient, my PayPal buttons are located on my Clarion West W-a-t page.

Or you can see if there's someone else you'd like to sponsor (there are a lot of wonderful writers participating this year) at Clarion West's write-a-thon page: http://www.clarionwest.org/write-a-thon

Thanks for reading this!

2010 Clarion West Write-a-thon
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 28th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Very glad you are sending things out! Yay!
Neile Grahamneile on June 28th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sherwood! I find these things harder than I should given the length of time I've been sending things out.