For all my musing and thinkings earlier this year about whether or not to apply to Clarion, I went ahead and did it. I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford to go unless they give me scholarship money, but that’s a problem to deal with AFTER I get in at all. I figure that if I want it enough (and I wouldn’t have applied if I didn’t) that I’ll find a way to beg, borrow, or steal to get there.
As for my earlier fears of Clarion slowing me down too much, well, I’ve sorted out that issue as well. I’ve figured out that if I’m consistent in my writing, I only need about 2-3 hours a day to write. I’m sure that even with all the distractions of being at Clarion, I should be able to find 2-3 hours to get things done (after all, my classmates will have to be doing stories and critiques and such as well). So I think I could still keep up my production rates and get the work done while hopefully enjoying the socialization and networking and learning that Clarion provides.
So we’ll see. I don’t know if my writing is good enough to get me in. I picked two of my favorite stories for the application. Hopefully that’s enough. I imagine with the line-up of instructors this year that they’ll get tons of applications and they can only take 18. But it’s out of my hands now.
As for non-Clarion workshops, I’m going to make it to at least three this next spring and to Reno for World Con this summer. While writing and practicing are good, learning and expanding my network are important also. It’s a struggle sometimes to figure out the monies for this stuff, but this is my career and I figure investing in my future is probably a wise thing. I’ve definitely grown as a writer and a person this year because of the workshops and conventions and I want to continue that growth.