Author Updatery

Over the course of the last couple of days, running errands and all that, a couple of authorly things have resolved. Honestly, with very little effort from me.

I will apply to Odyssey AND Viable Paradise. I’ve talked to Bryon about both. As soon as school is up and running, I’ll chat with Allison about the possibility of six weeks off, if Odyssey should accept me, and professional development funding for either. I honestly think work will want me to swing toward Viable Paradise, but you never know, as no one’s offered me an extended contract just yet.

Thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to offer advice and answer my many questions about this process. I really appreciate it!

Key to applying to workshops is the Fulbright mentality. With that in mind, I’m still planning on Convergence as a summer antic. If I am accepted to either, we’ll adjust our plans.

As to the other recent authorly concern, the Wiscon reading group is also formed. My partners in crime will be Ellise Heiskell (avid costumer and beginning writer), Catherine Cheek (Clarion workshop alum, visual artist, and broadly talented person), and Gregory Frost (member of the University of Iowa community of the fantastic, scholar, itinerant gentleman, and author of some of the most mythic work I’ve read in recent years. ) And yours truly.

What I like about this group is that it pretty much represents Wiscon in microcosm. Wiscon has always struck me as a con which attracts people talented on multiple levels, with multiple interests. It also is the kind of place where a beginning writer like Ellise could read with a gifted and talented author like Gregory. The hierarchy is flattened. Long live the revolution!


I should do something creative today. It’s been more of a slug vacation than I would have liked, so I will finish the whole internet thing, and do some writing, and then…probably it’s a day of sewing. Work begins anew Monday. Maybe some structure will help.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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