Potlatch 13 -- Writer's Workshop

Thinking about attending a Clarion? The Potlatch Writer's Workshop is a great way to get a taste of what having your writing professionally critiqued is like, while honing your craft with your fellow writers and our instructors. (Best of all, you'll still have time after the con to revise your work and make it part of your Clarion submission!)

How It Works

The workshop will be organized into small groups, each led by one or two instructors. In a Clarion-style workshop, everyone reads and prepares critiques for all the stories in advance of the workshop meeting.

At the workshop meeting itself on Friday, the participants and instructor sit in a circle. The instructor chooses which story to critique, and the other participants give their critiques, going around the circle. The instructor may enforce a time limit on the comments. The author remains silent during his or her story's critique and the instructor always critiques last. Finally, the author has a chance to comment on the critiques and ask questions, and there is some time for general discussion.

The Instructors

L. Timmel Duchamp

L. Timmel Duchamp made her first fiction sale in 1989. Since then her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She has been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Homer, and Nebula awards and has been short-listed three times for the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award. Her column, "What's the Story?" appears regularly in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. A collection of her short fiction, Love's Body, Dancing in Time, is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press. Interested readers may find an ample selection of her critical writing as well as a few of her stories at ltimmel.home.mindspring.com.

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is a graduate of Clarion West (2000), a winner of the James White Award and the Writers of the Future Contest (both 2001), and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2003). His stories have appeared in such publications as The Year's Best Fantasy #2, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Imagination Fully Dilated: Science Fiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife Kate Yule produce the fanzine Bento. His web page is www.BentoPress.com.

How To Register

To participate in the workshop, you must be a registered member of Potlatch. Choose a complete science fiction or fantasy story of yours of up to 5000 words, and print it out in correct manuscript format. Mail it to:

L. Blunt Jackson
PO Box 484
Seattle, WA 98111

Previous writing experience is not necessary, but please include a brief description of what your writing background is. ("This is my first story" would suffice, if appropriate.) Please also enclose a check for $10 (for our postage and photocopying expenses) made out to Clarion West/Potlatch 13. If this fee poses a hardship, please contact Blunt at the above address or at workshop@potlatch-sf.org.

Your submission must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2004.

Need More Information?

Contact Blunt at: workshop@potlatch-sf.org.

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