The other exciting thing that's happening up here in sunny Brisbane is Clarion South!
This is a biannual event which ROR's very own, Margo Lanagan, has tutored on several occasions. When I first met Margo back in 1999, she had just heard that she'd been accepted to Clarion in the US. I was so excited for her, I hugged her. And she confessed that hardly anyone she'd told had known what Clarion was.
Clarion South is based on the US Clarions. Basically, the workshops are a 6 week boot-camp for writers of speculative short fiction. The attendees are selected on merit and live-in. Each week a different published author/editor tutors. This year the international tutors are Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant.
Personally, I can't think of anything better than spending 6 weeks, focused totally on writing. I know when I was tutoring at EnVision, which lasted one week and catered to book length authors, the writers came on leaps and bounds because of the intense atmosphere and one-on-one time with their tutors.
Wishing the 2009 Clarion South students and tutors all the best!