Clarion has this thing where you sign up and and a group of writers give each other support. You can also get sponsors that donate a small amount for each word that you write. (I might be able to get someone to pay me NOT to write).
I am thinking of signing up and using this as an opportunity to finish the half dozen or so decent short stories that I have partially written. I have not felt much like writing for the last three months.
I don’t like that Clarion seems to offer a boilerplate approach to writing short stories (depending on who is teaching there at the time). There are rules and patterns to short story writing, but Clarion produces a certain sameness, at least in the writings that I have read that come out of there. If they were to emphasized the writing style of Lafferty, Bradbury, and Clarke, I would be happier with them.
I have until the end of June to think about this