Every summer during the Workshop, alumni, instructors, and friends of Clarion West can participate in our Write-a-thon and help us raise money. Participants collect donations to Clarion West for achieving their personal writing goals during the six weeks of the Write-a-thon. Each year our Write-a-thon has grown more and more successful, both in terms of words written and money raised.
You can read about our 2013 Write-a-thon here.
Summer Reading Series
Each week during the workshop session, we present one of our six current instructors reading their best new work: selections from recently published books, unpublished stories, or novels-in-progress. The featured reader also answers questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics.
Our 2013 readings featured Elizabeth Hand, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Margo Lanagan, Samuel R. Delany and Ellen Datlow.
Learn about the 2013 Summer Reading Series here.
Potlatch is a small, discussion-oriented, literary SF convention closely connected to Clarion West. It changes location between Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland following an irregular plan of rotation. Potlatch features a single track of literary programming, a fine bookdealers' room, Taste of Clarion West writers workshops, and the Clarion West scholarship fund auction. The auction has been a major source of funds for Clarion West scholarships since 1992, raising over $50,000 for the scholarship fund; an additional $10,000 for our general operating expenses has been provided by Potlatch members.
Potlatch 23 will be held February 21-23, 2014 at Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, California.