People keep asking, “So, what’s Clarion West like?”
I don’t think I could describe the whole experience, but I think what they want is to know what I’m doing with my time. So:
I critique anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 words and try to write at least 500 words each night. The latter mostly doesn’t happen, which means by Thursday night I have the same amount to read and also ~3,000 to write. (For you non-writers, a page is about 200 – 250 words. So I read and analyze ~44 pages each night, and each week I write a story that’s at least 13 pages, and probably more like 20 or even 25.) We also have guest lectures and Q-and-A sessions with our instructors and other drop-in professionals, and some of the instructors do private conferences with the students.
It would be easier to fit all that into my schedule if they weren’t feeding me so well. I think I might wear my intestines out. Seriously, it’s all dark matter factory up in here: