“Sheela of the Good Shepherd,” a story I wrote during my fourth week at Clarion West in 2010, is out now at Three-Lobed Burning Eye. This story took me a year to revise after the workshop, but I was never quite sure if it hit the mark or not. It deals with two issues that are very important to me: female protection, and the systematic oppression of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. It’s definitely a horror story. Romie Stott recorded a podcast version of the story, which I very much appreciate.
The issue also features great work from authors Cat Rambo, Leah Thomas, Ferrett Steinmetz, Lloyd Connor, and D. Morgan Ballmer. I hope you’ll take a look and let me know what you think.
I’m also signed up for the Clarion West Write-a-thon, which is entering its final three weeks. If you want to sponsor me or another writer, your donation would help Clarion West fund student scholarships, the well-rounded instructors they bring each year and for the One-Day Workshops. You can sponsor me here.
Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we? Right? Here’s my schedule for Norwescon 37, to be held from April 17-20. I hope to see you there!
Norwescon 37 schedule for Lauren Dixon
Reading: Lauren Dixon
Thu 4:30pm-5:00pm Cascade 1
Probably a new piece, and a piece previously published at Extract(s): “Pink Princess Cape.”
Thursday Afternoon Poetry
Thu 5:00pm-6:00pm Cascade 2
You’ve checked in, you’ve gone through registration, you’re waiting for Opening Ceremonies. Come join other nonconformists, gathered in an out-of-the-way place, doing a couple lines of poetry. Come on; you’ll like it, and we won’t even tell your friends.
Mike Brennan (M), Camille Alexa, Eva-Lise Carlstrom, Lauren Dixon, Lucas Johnson, G. David Nordley
What’s Unique about Writing for Young Adults?
Sat 10:00am-11:00am Cascade 6
Authors who have published young adult short stories or novels will discuss market trends, and how to construct a story for a young adult audience. Given that many young adult speculative fiction novels are actually bought and read by adults, what is young adult fiction doing well that could benefit any writer?
Tori Centanni (M), Cassandra Clarke, Aibhinn, Lauren Dixon, Lish McBride, Cassandra Clarke
The Young Adult Heroine
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm Cascade 2
How does the new female hero in YA fantasy break traditional stereotypes and offer new challenges for teen readers? Are these female heroes really new or are storytellers doing a kind of role reversal, exchanging handbags for hand grenades? This panel takes an in-depth look at the challenges authors face when creating a female hero for modern day readers.
Tori Centanni (M), Steven Barnes, Lauren Dixon, Karen Kincy
Update, not of the poetic kind, although I’m sure I could dip down into my murmuring soul/soil and find something there. But! Last month I finished the first draft of Throwaways, which has been a torturous journey since I began it three years ago. I’m taking a short break to work on a young adult novel tentatively titled “Fall on Me” (yes, after an R.E.M. song), about a young lady who finds herself at odds with a gang of roving tornadoes…I’m about 14k into it at the moment. When I’m done, I’ll plunge into the revision of Throwaways so I can quickly dust off my hands like it was never part of my life. I’ll be so glad when that book is behind me, although I love it very much, and it helped me power through some tough times. Tomorrow I’ve got a story out at Extract(s), which I’m excited to unleash upon the world. Until then, my fair friends.
I forgot to post about this in June, when it first came out. Since I have another piece coming out at a different venue tomorrow, I thought I should post to it now.
You can read “Your Words are Your Life, Your Death” at BookLifeNow.com
So, in a weird twist of fate that I’ll totally embrace, I was invited to attend this year’s Norwescon, which runs from March 28-31, 2013, at the Doubletree Hotel located at the Seattle Airport.
Here’s my schedule. Hope to see some wonderful people there! I’ll be helping out with the Baen Party on Saturday night, so be sure to come visit!
You can visit the website here.
Norwescon 36 Pro Schedule for Lauren Dixon
A reading! From “Throwaways” Thursday 6:30pm-7:00pm Cascade 1
An abused runaway meets the Immortal, who travels through doors no one else can see. Is he hiding something more sinister? When Susie winds up with some of his powers, she finds out.
Writing Poetry Friday 10:00am-11:00am Cascade 6
Writing poetry and sending it to markets for publication. An overview of markets. Form vs. free verse. How can writing poetry impact your writing of short and long fiction?
Panelists: Mae Empson, Camille Alexa, Lauren Dixon
Residential Writing Workshops: Clarion and More Sunday 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 3&4
Learn about the major genre workshops like Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, and more. Are you ready to attend a residential workshop? What will you learn? Each workshop has advantages and disadvantages, so which workshop will work best for you?
Panelists: Leslie Howle, J.M. Sidorova, Lauren Dixon, Tod McCoy