Six weeks, six stories, 152 pages, 31,000 words. Not to mention five one-on-ones with my writing heroes, three significant rewrites, strange and challenging writing exercises, over 2800 pages of personal critiques, and something like 80 stories from my Clarion-mates to read. Oh, and did I mention twenty-odd friends for life?
I’m still struggling to capture the experience in words. I think I managed to do so in pictures, some of which you can see in my FaceBook gallery.
I’ll be adding more here in the coming days. For now, I’ll just note that it was without doubt one of the most difficult and rewarding things I have ever done, and thank my classmates—Stacie Brown, John Chu, William Farrar, Erin Gonzales, Jessica Hilt, Jennifer Hsyu, Adam Israel, Dustin Monk, Tamsyn Muir, Laura Praytor, L.M. Redding, Dallas Taylor, Leah Thomas, Karin Tidbeck, Tom Underberg, Kali Wallace, Kai Ashante Wilson—and instructors—Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner, George RR Martin, Dale Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff Vandermeer, and Ann Vandermeer—for being so utterly wonderful.