Insecure Writers’ Support Group: Workshop Applications

Hey, everybody, it’s time for the January 2013 edition of Insecure Writers’ Support Group. At least this time I don’t need to feel insecure about missing the date – I actually got the moment of ‘Did I forget’ yesterday, just as I was posting yesterday’s blog about 2013 goals. Then I remembered that it was only Tuesday, and set an extra reminder to do IWSG today.

But I definitely have something to feel insecure about, because I’m facing the prospect of choosing samples of my work to compete with other sci-fi and fantasy writers from across the continent and around the world, to represent the best I can accomplish and my hopes for a rare opportunity to learn from extremely talented published writers and editors. Yeah. Once again, I’m applying to summer writing workshops.

This year, I’ve got four different programs on my list:

Each of them calls for something different in terms of a writing sample – Clarion asks for two stories, Odyssey for no more than 4000 words, Clarion West for 20 to 30 pages. CSSF Novels wants the first 5-10 pages and a synopsis. So I’ve been trying to come up with material for all of them.

I started the sample pages for ‘The Gnomes are Missing’ in the last week of Nanowrimo, and I’ve been sharing snippets of them on Sundays ever since. During December, I started a new short, “Time Bubble Trap”, that will hopefully be my sample for Odyssey and half of my sample for Clarion. I’ve also been working on a new draft of “The Storm Mirror” for Clarion and Clarion West – the problem is, at the moment it’s too long, still around 8000 words and Clarion doesn’t want any stories over 6500.

I don’t know if any of this writing is going to be good enough to get me into exclusive programs like these, but I do feel secure enough in my dreams to keep trying and see. This summer is one opportunity that I won’t be able to take if I hesitate and miss the applications deadlines – though if I don’t make it this time, there’s always 2014.

12 Responses to Insecure Writers’ Support Group: Workshop Applications

  1. Trisha says:

    Good luck!! I’m sure you can make the deadline 🙂


  2. Donna Hole says:

    You have excellent story concepts Chris, and you are open to feedback. I think anything you submit will show your best writing skills.

    Go, submit, and do your best. Thats all you can do; and I’ve a feeling it will be more than enough.



  3. Good luck honey!

    Will be cheering you on 🙂



  4. Al Diaz says:

    Good luck and never stop trying. 🙂


  5. I really want to do a workshop some time in 2014. Good luck with applying. I am sure you will get into one.


  6. VR Barkowski says:

    Wow, this is one ambitious schedule!

    Steven Pressfield said in the THE WAR OF ART, “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

    Seems to me you’re on the right track. Keep at it Chris and you’ll triumph.

    ~VR Barkowski


  7. jwelling says:

    Awesome line-up. I was in Lawrence for 20 years – though never made it to Professor Gunn’s workshop. Free State Brewery and their John Brown Ale certainly will stir up all those trouble-making ideas that make great stories !

    Great place to write.


    • Yeah. I’ve done the short story critiquing workshop with CSSF twice, and every year we go down to Free State at least once. I’m not a big beer fan, but they make pretty good burgers.


  8. paulinewiles says:

    No, don’t hesitate and *don’t* miss the deadlines! You’ve already researched these programs and started to prepare your materials – you have every reason to believe you can attend one of these.
    Best of luck.


  9. Well, good luck on your workshop. It seems like a worthwhile experience, and you appear to be up for the challenge. May you tear down those barriers of insecurity and go in blasting away with the most perfect samples of your writing.


  10. moonduster says:

    Good luck on your workshop applications! I hope you get into one or more of them!


  11. Suzanne says:

    Sounds like you are having a busy start to the year. I wish you lots of luck with your writing and applications.


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