Hello, friends of Clarion! As we begin Week 3 of the 2011 Write-a-Thon, everyone at Clarion is very impressed with the enthusiasm that our participating writers have shown right out of the starting gate. The good news is that we are already nearly halfway to our $15,000 goal!
On the other hand, donations have slowed down considerably after that first rush of activity, so it’s time to buckle down and think hard about what we can do to entice friends, family, fans, and social-network acquaintances to happily chip in $5, $10, or whatever they can afford to ensure that Clarion has a class of 2012. For that reason, I am leading off this week with the fundraising challenge, and putting the writing challenge second. There is no Clarion Angel. It’s up to you, friends!
First, let’s take a moment to look at our top ten donation-earners so far. Kari Maaren got busy last week and jumped onto the list at the number four spot, while the rest of our names have held relatively steady. Will Ferrett Steinmetz walk off with the top prize once again? Or will Victoria Griesdoorn or an unexpected challenger rise up to defeat the reigning champion?
- Ferrett Steinmetz
- Victoria Griesdoorn
- Amelia Bruce
- Kari Maaren
- Kelly Lagor
- Liz Argall
- Nathan McDaniel
- Keffy Kehrli
- Dallas Taylor
- Donaya Haymond
Week 3 Fundraising Challenge
Sometimes if you want to get a little, you have to give a little. A show of generosity toward your fellow writers can be returned partially, completely, or even tenfold! Ask yourself how much you can spare for Clarion this year, then look over our list of participating writers and ask yourself who on that list is deserving of your appreciation. Altruistic types can quickly grasp the warm-fuzzy feeilng that goes along with this type of “mutual admiration society,” but warmhearted givers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this approach!
Her’s something for you more competitive types to chew on: while you may feel that you’re undermining your own chances by helping other writers, the math still comes out in your favor. If you give $5 to 10 different writers, and even two of them respond in kind, you are already bumping yourself higher up the list than you have bumped anyone else. The more you spread your love around, the more your chances of reaping significant benefit in return.
Most importantly, this kind of fundraising reminds us that despite the competition, we are all in this together. We are in this to ensure that some of those who have been dreaming and writing and saving and hoping to go to Clarion for many years may finally have their chance next year. You are ensuring that Clarion will be there for others, just as it was for our grateful alumni.
Week 3 Writing Challenge
During the last two weeks we focused on revision and editing. But you’re not a writer if you only rewrite, so let’s churn out some new words this week.
How many? That’s for you to decide. Set a goal today, and post it in our comments section. I recommend at least 500 words a day this week, even if you have a day job and a growing family to juggle. If not, 1,000 or more a day should be quite attainable. (These don’t have to be good words, remember, just new words.) You can chip away at a novel or start a new short story; it’s up to you.
Post your goal, and at the end of the week, post your results. Those who succeed at their goals will be featured in next week’s blog. If you wish to send any additional thoughts about your process or progress this week, email blog@the(x)foundation.org to tell us all about it, and you may be quoted in the blog! (x) = Clarion, of course, for those of you who are not spammers.
Write on, Clarion friends! We’ll see you next week.