According to Locus Online :
Dr. Lister Matheson, director of the Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University, has announced a recall of the classes of 1996 and 1998. “We have only recently discovered a minor defect in the pedagogy from each of these years. We have decided that it is in the best interests of the genre and Clarion that we act promptly to rectify this problem. However we want to reassure the public that no readers have been placed in danger as a result of this defect.”
Matheson announced that a remedial workshop will take place July 18-20 at Owen Hall on the MSU campus immediately after this year’s Clarion. Fees for the weekend will be a nominal $100, including room and board. He urges all affected students to attend. Clarion alumni Margaret Atwood and Thomas Pynchon have agreed to teach this special session.
Although Matheson declined to identify the defect that prompted the recall, there have been widespread reports that writers from these years were never taught to foreshadow. This can result in pointless subplots and abrupt denouements. Locus critic Rich Horton was not surprised at the announcement. “It’s a shame really, since these are some of the most interesting new writers working today. But their endings come straight out of left field.”
Nuts, and I was planning to be at Readercon that weekend! But it’ll be nice to see my Clarion ‘98 classmates again.