2010 Susan C. Petrey Scholarship Winners

Two aspiring writers have won the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarships, sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc. The scholarship was created in 1981 in memory of the late Portland sf writer.

Two $2000 scholarships will enable Cassandra Clarke of Cuero, TX to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, and Laura Praytor of Long Beach, CA to  attend the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego.

The charitable fund also sponsors a Petrey Fellow, one of the professional writers who teach at Clarion. The 2010 fellowship has been awarded to Ian McDonald, a past Philip K. Dick and Locus Award winner.

One way to support the fund this year is to join a group tour of brewpubs around Mt. Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge in October. Participants will travel by coach to visit 9 brewpubs staying overnight in downtown Hood River and at McMenamin’s Edgefield. Contact information is in the press release.

The full text of both press releases follows the jump.

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Donors Replace CW Students’ Stolen Laptops

After four laptops were stolen from Clarion West students’ rooms on July 4, a call for help from the sf community promptly raised enough donations to replace the computers.

Cory Doctorow, who will be instructing at the workshop this coming week, posted in BoingBoing:

I am donating all of my teaching fee to the fund. I hope that some of you will be moved to chip in whatever you can afford, to help fund the instruction of the next generation of great science fiction writers.

An appeal to the internet was extremely successful and CW’s website now reports:

News of the students’ loss spread within hours, and friends, alumni, and writers from around the world offered loans of laptops and donations to help students replace their computers. “If we collect funds that are much in excess of the cost of replacing the stolen computers, we will return them proportionally to the donors,” said workshop administrator Leslie Howle. “The use of PayPal makes this relatively easy to do.” She added, “We are all overwhelmed, and the students are immensely grateful. They were devastated by this theft, and it’s been amazing to see the community rally to support them.”

This is the first time in Clarion West’s more than 25 years of workshops that a burglary has happened. The theft occurred while students were in class, and was discovered immediately afterwards. Workshop administrators called the Seattle Police Department and have taken steps to increase residence security.

[Thanks to Janice Gelb for the story.]