My name is Dianne and I'm a scifi/fantasy writer. You may remember me from such works as "Goldilocks and the Three Empty Cryopods," "Death World One," or that horrifying story about the were-teddy.
The point is: I write weird stories. I believe that stories are important. They help shape the world we live in.
And I've been accepted to the Clarion six-week writers' workshop this summer to help me write better weird stories. This is a huge thing. The Clarion Writers' Workshop is a breakneck writing program that graduates some of the best writers in the genre. It's hard to get into and I refuse to miss this chance.
I have been awarded a partial scholarship which I am very thankful for, and I have some money set aside already. But I'm having a hard time putting together the full tuition, which is due in two weeks.
What is Clarion?
From their website: "Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. […] Clarion participants are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers and who submit writing samples with an application."
Clarion is my chance to take my writing to the next level.
How will I use the money?
Clarion's tuition is $5150. That covers six weeks of instruction plus room and board. That tuition is due two weeks from today. I can just about get there, but I need $1600 more to be able to pay my tuition and still pay my rent in May. The other $200 will go towards airfare to get from Kansas to San Diego this summer.
Because I only have two weeks to get this tuition money put together, every dollar helps.