the Clarion West Write-a-thon

Clarion West was an amazing experience for me. It was, in all honesty, one of the best things I’ve ever done.

During the six weeks of the workshop, there’s a shadow event happening, one in which anyone can participate:  the Clarion West Write-a-thon.

It’s designed to do two major things:  bring in funds for the workshop, and provide an impetus for the writers who are participating to get more work done. I think that’s fantastic, because I would love to help give back to a program that has done so much for my craft, networking, and community, and because I really can use the external discipline of a coordinated effort.

So, as an alumnus one year out of Clarion West, I’m participating in my first Write-a-thon. I’m working on getting ten new chapters of The First Hour of Night written, and completing new drafts on my three remaining Clarion West stories. I hope to raise at least $100.

Now, here’s where I ask for your help:  if you are able, please contribute. Money is a lovely gift, and Clarion West is a 501 (c)(3) organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible. What also is a wonderful gift is your moral support, both in words of encouragement to me and the other participants, but also in spreading the word about the Write-a-thon.

Contributors to my campaign will receive weekly updates of my progress, complete with micro-short stories, bad poetry, or my random musings. You’ll also receive my profound thanks for your support.

You can see my Clarion West Write-a-thon page here.

You can donate in the name of all the participants, or make your especial choice(s), it’s up to you. Your help and support are appreciated!


  1. Nisi Shawl on June 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Alberto, so wonderful that you’re participating. I look forward to seeing more of your marvelous writing published soon–some of it from this Write-a-thon.

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