I applied for Clarion in 2009, and was rejected. After that, I started my own business making wedding videos, so taking six weeks off during wedding season was obviously Not A Good Idea. ~
I don't advise this path for everyone.
Clarion was great, of course.
What happened later was... mixed.
But since returning from San Diego, I have not been able to secure a regular salaried position.
Knowing what I know now, would I still have gone to Clarion?
Hell yeah, I would have.
$5k was hard for me to do at age 37, after thirteen years in the workplace.
It's harder for others.
It's even harder.
So let's make it a common thing to raise up writers raising money to go to Clarion.
If we all give a little, we can accomplish a lot.
I know that's an old-hat statement, but it's old hat 'cause it's true.