Monday, March 02, 2009

Clarion South Needs a Hand

This hasn't been the bloggiest blog of late, though I expect that to change in the near future. This entry isn't about me.

Clarion South needs a hand. Having taught at Clarion South, I can say what a wonderful job they do. It's professionaly and passionately run, and just a hell of a good workshop.

I just received this from Kate Eltham:

You probably heard on the grapevine - and our most recent students experienced it first hand - that we encountered a few challenges indelivering the latest Clarion South workshop. Not only was our contractwith our original venue at Griffith University cancelled at shortnotice, requiring us to find a new and more expensive home, but we hadnot one but three (!) unexpected tutor cancellations.

We're proud of the way we handled these challenges to deliver anothersuccessful workshop in 2009, but financially it wiped us clean. We'dlove your help and support to refill the coffers so that we can plan forour future workshops and put Clarion South on a more stable financialfooting.Australia is fortunate to have a thriving, supportive community of speculative fiction writers.

We're grateful for the enthusiasm and support you've shown to Fantastic Queensland and Clarion South in the past. We appreciate any small token of support you canprovide at this time. There are a few ways you can help...

1. Donate to our Fundraising AppealSimply go to to make a PayPaldonation directly to Clarion South. We know it's not the best time belaunching an appeal, just after Christmas, during a global financial meltdown, and during some very real human crises such as the Victorian Bushfires. You have our heartfelt appreciation for even very small donations, and if you are not in a position to give, that is perfectlyokay.

2. Spread the wordEven if you can't donate to the Appeal we would love your support tospread the word about our fundraising drive. By the end of March we are hoping to raise $4,000 for Clarion South. If you know any friends whoare sympathetic to the aims and activities of Clarion South, please letthem know - via Facebook, MySpace, your blog or any other means.We'll have a Facebook group up shortly, but in the meantime, please feelfree to direct people to our website at

Thank you in advance for your love and support. We're incrediblypassionate about Clarion South and would like to see it thrive andcontinue into the future.

Your contribution can help make this a reality.If you have any questions at all, or can think of any other suggestions,we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to call me direct on 0407 695 950 at any time, or email us at

Best wishes,Kate Eltham, Robert Hoge, Robert Dobson and Heather Gammage.

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