Clarion West Write-a-thon

Clarion West (CW) is an organization that helps writers, established and emerging, hone their skills, develop a community, and share resources. Without the classes and networking that the organization has provided, I’d still be a long ways away from the things I’ve already accomplished. Each Year CW raises money via their annual Write-a-thon. Writers like me ask for modest donations on behalf of the organization. Then we spend the six weeks between June 17 and July 27 working towards our stretch goals.

This year, I’ll be writing at least six flash fiction (short stories under 1000 words) inspired by children’s songs and rhymes.

Week 1: Teddy Bear’s Picnic + Jack and Jill
Week 2: Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly + Little Miss Muffett + Itsy Bitsy Spider
Week 3: Three Blind Mice + Hickory Dickory Dock
Week 4: Old McDonald + Farmer in the Dell
Week 5: Mother Hubbard + Jack Sprat
Week 6: Peter Pumpkin Eater + The Muffin Man

I’m asking my supporters to sponsor me with a $10 donation in hopes of raising $200. In order that you have something to show for your gift, I will be offering incentives for those who’d like to have a little fun in the process:

For every $10 donated to Clarion West, you can either:

1. Become “Tuckerized” (your name or the name of someone you love will be used in a story as a character)


2. specify a place or setting in one of the stories


3. supply three words to be integrated into the story

For $50, I will write a story with all of the above included and you can supply the story or prompt of your choosing.

More information, as well as the donation instructions can be found here: