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Applying to Clarion

I’m putting together an application for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at UC San Diego

wait — what is clarion, you ask? here’s what they say:

Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others.

apparently, they only take 18 people each year. well, here goes nothing…

i’m working through two of my short stories right now for submission. in theory, they’re supposed to represent my best work to date.

you tell me if you think it is.

here’s the opening scene for a story about guns and dragons (it’s like peanut butter and chocolate!): Hearts of Fire Excerpt

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About Topher Chapman

i like to write.

well... and paint. and program video games. and model economies. and run, surf, play football, etc. basically, i'm one of those irritating polymaths. my achilles heel, however, is obviously capitalization.

this is me, hurling my writing at you.

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