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17 June 2011 @ 11:44 am
A new Clarion West adventure is about to begin  
The sorority house has been re-claimed for writers. A classroom set up, boxes of survival supplies moved in from storage, one instructor and two students have already arrived, two more students arrive today, and 14 on Saturday.

On Sunday, registration, orientation, then Paul Park's superb disorientation will start taking 18 writers apart so they can put their words and worlds and themselves back together bigger, stronger, more ready to shake up the world.

I attended the workshop myself in 1996 and have been an administrator since 2001, and still get butterflies in my stomach this time of year.

I will be joining them in their journey both as a native guide and a fellow traveller--I'm doing the Clarion West Write-a-thon again, as is a marvellous array of both well-known and as-yet-undiscovered writers, which you--yes you--can sponsor on their six-week journey. Please consider it. Not only will you be giving a writer a good challenge (accountability is a wonderful motivator) but you will also be helping the independent nonprofit organization that makes this happen every year.

Check out The Clarion West Write-a-thon, my page there or the San Diego Clarion's write-a-thon which starts a week after ours.
Katherine Sparrowktsparrow on June 17th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! They are so lucky to have you. I hope the workshop is as brilliant and life-changing as when I did it.
Neile Grahamneile on June 30th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
A very belated thank you, Katie! And thanks for your good wishes for the new class.
Kelly Greensaycestsay on June 17th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
The experience was absolutely amplified AND made tolerable by your presence. Actually, I kinda miss your day to day voice in my life :) ENjoy the new class and new energies!
Neile Grahamneile on June 30th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
(So belated!) Thanks, Kelly. I miss you, too. I know I will enjoy the new class, but I miss everyone, too. It's a weird feeling.
E.C. Myersecmyers on June 18th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Have a great workshop!
Neile Grahamneile on June 30th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
A belated thanks, Eugene! Hope you're settling into your new home and life isn't *too* busy with everything going on!
E.C. Myersecmyers on July 1st, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! We're pretty well settled, but too busy for the next week at least. Then things will be good :)
Jeff Spockjeffspock on June 20th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Hurray for Neile, the indefatigable! Good luck and enjoy.
Neile Grahamneile on June 30th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
A very belated thanks, Jeff. I still remember stopping on my way to the workshop to get coffee for both of us. I haven't done that since.

Hope all goes well for you and you're still having fun.