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The application deadline is fast approaching for Viable Paradise, a one-week intensive writer's workshop held every fall on Martha's Vineyard. It's an incredible experience and I can't recommend it highly enough, and if you have any serious interest in writing SF/F with an eye towards publication you should seriously consider going. I went as a student in 2005 and had such a mind-blowingly fantastic time that I now do volunteer staff stuff for them, though I won't be there for the workshop itself this year due to the very small humans now clinging to my body like noisy pink puffy barnacles. If anyone is interested and wants to know more, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.
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...though home would be much more sweet if my elderly and rather cranky cat didn't think a good way of showing his displeasure at the people going on extended walkabout was to completely fill the bathtub and bathroom rug with cat shit.

My bed was very happy to see me, and we spent some very nice quality naptime together once the above was dealt with. It was a great week, but I am *completely* fried. Still, I can't imagine that *any* other group of people could ever be as fantastic company.

a plug!

Apr. 16th, 2007 04:07 pm
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Just a quick note that Viable Paradise, a week-long writer's workshop on Martha's Vineyard, is still open for applications. I attended two years ago and though it sounds hokey to say that it was a lifechanging experience, it truly was. Enough so that I've volunteered to be a helper/gopher/cook this year.

Instructors are Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jim Macdonald & Debra Doyle, Steven Gould and Laura J. Mixon, Cory Doctorow, and Elizabeth Bear. All of these are people who know a hell of a lot more, both individually and collectively, about writing and the publishing business, than any other group of people I've met. Plus, they're all fun to spend time with.

And there's beaches. And glow-in-the-dark jellyfish. And the stars at night are unbelievable.

You know you wanna do it (-:

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