I attended Clarion West in 2007 and it was a fantastic, transformative experience. Those six weeks constituted a quantum leap forward in my writing skills and the work started there continues to bear fruit years later.
And so, when the Write-a-Thon comes along, I feel very strongly about participating.
But what’s a Write-a-Thon? Simply, it’s similar to any other Thing-a-Thon (Walk-a-Thon, Dance-a-Thon, Pankration-a-Thon), where participants will ask for sponsors, and pledge do so some thing. In this case, I’m pledging to write three new short stories during the six-week Write-a-Thon, and I’m looking to collect pledges which will go directly to support the Clarion West Foundation to provide scholarships to writers and to fund the workshop.
My participant page is up at the Clarion West Site: http://clarionwest.net/events/writeathon/MikeUnderwood
So if you are willing and able, I’d love if you could sponsor me for the Write-a-Thon, or sponsor any of the other awesome writers who are participating: http://clarionwest.net/events_page/write_a_thon#wat-list
I’ll be posting updates about my writing progress here, so you’ll be able to follow my trials and tribulations, trying to produce awesome fiction while traveling around the Midwest selling books.