Claire Willett is creating Plays, Books and Assorted Words
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patrons

$47
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Dear beautiful humans,

Welcome to my Patreon page! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Many of you are people who have been really generous supporters of my work in the past. Maybe you bought a few extra copies of The Rewind Files for Christmas presents, or you’ve trucked out to warehouses and coffee shops and tiny performing spaces all over Portland to see my staged readings at the Fertile Ground Festival, or you made a donation to support Dear Galileo.

Or maybe you are a total stranger who stumbled here by accident, in which case, hello new friend!  You can learn more about who I am on my website here - http://clairewillettwrites.com/

As artists, we’re conditioned by the world we live in – and to an extent, I think, by our own insecurities and fears of failure – to devalue our work, to do things for free for “exposure” or to feel guilty when we ask for what we believe we’re worth. Asking people to support and invest in the artists whose work matters to them has been my job for the past thirteen years. I’ve raised millions of dollars for arts organizations as a grantwriter, but it’s always been a hundred times harder when I’m asking for myself.

So please be gentle. This is scary.

Many of you may have backed Kickstarter or IndieGoGo crowdfunding projects before (like mine a few years ago for the first reading of Dear Galileo). Patreon works a little differently. On Kickstarter, you back a project; on Patreon, you back an artist. On Kickstarter, you know exactly what work of art will be brought to life with the donation you made; Patreon is a leap of faith. Patreon is an investment in a person who has ideas they want to share with the world. Instead of making a flat donation one time to help a creator reach their goal, in exchange for a set of concrete donor benefits, you make a recurring monthly pledge, which can be as little as $1.  There are a few different levels of benefits, but the main one is that an artist whose work you care about gets just a little bit more financial stability to help them continue to do the thing they do that you like.

So I am here to humbly say, I have things I’d like to write, and things I’m writing right now, that I think are worth supporting, things that later you might be proud to look back and say that you helped bring into being. I’m working to complete a stage-ready draft of Dear Galileo for The Sheen Center in New York City, who are considering it for production. I’m outlining a second and third book in the Rewind Files series. I have a musical and an opera in progress with two terrific composers that I’d like to carve out time to be able to finish someday soon. I have a concept for a brand-new play (a Twin Peaks-ish murder mystery with an all-women cast set in a 19th-century Canadian whaling settlement) that's on hold until I have the time and resources for travel and research.

Being a writer is amazing and exciting and it is also terrifying and unstable. Even a gift of a few dollars a month makes a huge difference.  And then we both win, because I get to keep writing plays about space and books about time travel for you to enjoy.

Thank you so much for your support, it's more appreciated than you know!

Lots of love,
Claire
Rewards
Social Media Shout-Outs!
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You are a wonderful amazing person to whom I am enormously grateful and I will periodically find opportunities to yell on various social media platforms about how great you are so everybody knows.
Behind the Scenes Access!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
 For a mere $5/month, you get access to my very special, super fancy Patreon blog, where I will stop by to yell at regular intervals about how writing is going, share behind-the-scenes project photos, and probably express Strong Opinions About Things! 
Website Thank-You!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
For $10/month, you'll be listed on a special "Super Awesome Donors" page on my very pretty newly-updated website, http://clairewillettwrites.com/, so THE WHOLE INTERNET knows how much I love you.
Signed Copy of the Book!
$25 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
For the low low price of $25/month, whenever the next "Rewind Files" book comes out I will personally buy and mail you a signed copy with a note from me about how much I love you, probably written in fancy glitter pen and full of time travel jokes.
Get a Character Named After You!
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Books and plays have lots of characters.  A BIG part of my job is coming up with names for people.  MAYBE ONE OF THEM COULD BE YOURS?  For $50/month you will be immortalized forever in print, maybe as a time travel agent who dies horribly.
Dear beautiful humans,

Welcome to my Patreon page! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Many of you are people who have been really generous supporters of my work in the past. Maybe you bought a few extra copies of The Rewind Files for Christmas presents, or you’ve trucked out to warehouses and coffee shops and tiny performing spaces all over Portland to see my staged readings at the Fertile Ground Festival, or you made a donation to support Dear Galileo.

Or maybe you are a total stranger who stumbled here by accident, in which case, hello new friend!  You can learn more about who I am on my website here - http://clairewillettwrites.com/

As artists, we’re conditioned by the world we live in – and to an extent, I think, by our own insecurities and fears of failure – to devalue our work, to do things for free for “exposure” or to feel guilty when we ask for what we believe we’re worth. Asking people to support and invest in the artists whose work matters to them has been my job for the past thirteen years. I’ve raised millions of dollars for arts organizations as a grantwriter, but it’s always been a hundred times harder when I’m asking for myself.

So please be gentle. This is scary.

Many of you may have backed Kickstarter or IndieGoGo crowdfunding projects before (like mine a few years ago for the first reading of Dear Galileo). Patreon works a little differently. On Kickstarter, you back a project; on Patreon, you back an artist. On Kickstarter, you know exactly what work of art will be brought to life with the donation you made; Patreon is a leap of faith. Patreon is an investment in a person who has ideas they want to share with the world. Instead of making a flat donation one time to help a creator reach their goal, in exchange for a set of concrete donor benefits, you make a recurring monthly pledge, which can be as little as $1.  There are a few different levels of benefits, but the main one is that an artist whose work you care about gets just a little bit more financial stability to help them continue to do the thing they do that you like.

So I am here to humbly say, I have things I’d like to write, and things I’m writing right now, that I think are worth supporting, things that later you might be proud to look back and say that you helped bring into being. I’m working to complete a stage-ready draft of Dear Galileo for The Sheen Center in New York City, who are considering it for production. I’m outlining a second and third book in the Rewind Files series. I have a musical and an opera in progress with two terrific composers that I’d like to carve out time to be able to finish someday soon. I have a concept for a brand-new play (a Twin Peaks-ish murder mystery with an all-women cast set in a 19th-century Canadian whaling settlement) that's on hold until I have the time and resources for travel and research.

Being a writer is amazing and exciting and it is also terrifying and unstable. Even a gift of a few dollars a month makes a huge difference.  And then we both win, because I get to keep writing plays about space and books about time travel for you to enjoy.

Thank you so much for your support, it's more appreciated than you know!

Lots of love,
Claire

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Rewards
Social Media Shout-Outs!
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You are a wonderful amazing person to whom I am enormously grateful and I will periodically find opportunities to yell on various social media platforms about how great you are so everybody knows.
Behind the Scenes Access!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
 For a mere $5/month, you get access to my very special, super fancy Patreon blog, where I will stop by to yell at regular intervals about how writing is going, share behind-the-scenes project photos, and probably express Strong Opinions About Things! 
Website Thank-You!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
For $10/month, you'll be listed on a special "Super Awesome Donors" page on my very pretty newly-updated website, http://clairewillettwrites.com/, so THE WHOLE INTERNET knows how much I love you.
Signed Copy of the Book!
$25 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
For the low low price of $25/month, whenever the next "Rewind Files" book comes out I will personally buy and mail you a signed copy with a note from me about how much I love you, probably written in fancy glitter pen and full of time travel jokes.
Get a Character Named After You!
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Books and plays have lots of characters.  A BIG part of my job is coming up with names for people.  MAYBE ONE OF THEM COULD BE YOURS?  For $50/month you will be immortalized forever in print, maybe as a time travel agent who dies horribly.