Under the Torrey Pines

Fellow #Clarion17 student Ted McCombs has written a beautiful Clarion Field Report. For six weeks, eighteen of us spent all day, every day, writing new fiction, reading each other’s stories, and critiquing each of them. In the words of our Week 1 instructor, Lynda Barry,…

Clarion: Workshopping

(Note: This is part of a series of posts about Clarion 2017. Other posts so far are Clarion: Application and Clarion: Planning.) Most of you thinking about applying to Clarion have probably participated in some sort of writing workshop format before. Our year stayed almost 100% to…

Clarion: Planning

When I got the email inviting me to attend Clarion, I may have screamed a little. Then I thought, “what if they made a mistake?” Then I screamed a little again. Don’t worry, that’s normal. Then I thought, “Oh God, so I really am going?…

Clarion: Application

I’m home, and working my way through my two Clarion notebooks in an attempt to recall and distill what I’ve learned. (!!!) Of course, I intended to this while at Clarion, but alas, the road to hell, paved with, etc. So instead I’ll reflect back…

What I Eat

I really love food, and I love cooking. I love variety… in theory. In practice, I end up making the same things over and over and iterating on them. Does anyone else do this? It’s almost like a game development cycle: I build a prototype,…