Kate Wilhelm, author of many of science fiction’s seminal books and stories (e.g. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), would have been a titan in the field if she had only written; but Wilhelm’s prodigious authorly accomplishments are matched by her influence on the generations of writers trained in the Clarion Workshops, which sheRead More
Debbie Urbanski’s story “An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried” for Motherboard takes the improbable form of a list of failed strategies for coping with the incipient, climate-driven uninhabitability of the Earth, and it works beautifully.
It’s a small miracle of novel storytelling, managing to imply characters, a dramatic arc, wry humor andRead More
Thersa Matsuura was born and raised in the USA but spent the past 25 years — more than half her life — living in a small Japanese fishing village with her husband and son.
Thersa — pronounced “Teresa” — was one of my Clarion West writing students in 2015 (previously) and is theRead More
Teenage girls read far more than teenage boys. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series and other fantastic tales, has a suggestion on how to increase teen boys’ interest in books: more sex in the pages. From Daniel’s essay in the New York Times:
It is a gross generalization,Read More
Lately, I’ve been getting asked more frequently: “Claire, do you illustrate your own blog posts?” The answer is, “Yes.” To date, I’ve written forty-three blog posts on Medium. With the exception of a few (where I’ve used a photograph as the main image instead), I’ve illustrated each one myself. I’m not a professional artist byRead More