SF&F Troubleshooting with Samuel R. Delany: Clichés and Straw Men

This month, our guest author is Samuel R. Delany, a respected literary critic and Nebula-winning science fiction writer as well as one of this summer’s instructors at Clarion.  In this new essay written especially for the Clarion blog, Delany gets at the heart of those nasty “-isms” in fiction and offers advice on how to…… Continue reading SF&F Troubleshooting with Samuel R. Delany: Clichés and Straw Men

Writing Life: The Path of Cons

Now that we have Write-a-Thon squared away, it’s time to return to our weekly look at how to fit writing into life (and life into writing).  I touched on conventions very briefly in “Write Together, Die Alone,” but it’s a subject that deserves detailed attention and one that can be difficult to research effectively.  For…… Continue reading Writing Life: The Path of Cons

Six Days Left, Six Reasons Why.

There are only six days left to sign up for the Clarion Write-a-Thon!  With the deadline so near and the Clarion Foundation only halfway to its goal of 75 writers, it’s time to pull out all the stops.  Please contact other spec fic writers you know to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, email, or…… Continue reading Six Days Left, Six Reasons Why.

Guest Blog from Russell Galen: Meta-Series

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.  Who has benefited from the typhoons and twisters of the last few years in publishing? Series authors are one example. Series are among the few types of fiction that have actually sold better since the big downturn that began in 2008. Series aren’t affected by the…… Continue reading Guest Blog from Russell Galen: Meta-Series

Writing Life: A Call to Action

Over the last several weeks, we’ve looked at some ways to incorporate writing into your life, and your life into writing.  We’ve talked about discipline, inspiration, research, community, and catharsis.  Now it’s time to put it all into action. This is an exciting time of year for Clarion.  Right now, eighteen aspiring spec fic authors…… Continue reading Writing Life: A Call to Action

Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

Think of an author you admire: someone who seems genuinely inspired and productive, someone whose success hasn’t gone to her head or caused a downturn in the quality of her work.  Do a little research, and more likely than not, you’ll find that this person has (or had) a writers’ group.  She may not necessarily…… Continue reading Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting

Today’s post kicks off our guest author series: at the end of each month we’ll be hearing from a working speculative fiction author on what they consider some of the most challenging and important aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy.  This series is called “SF&F Troubleshooting,” and our first contributor is bestselling author and…… Continue reading SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting