Clarion West announces its 2015 Summer Reading Series

Clarion West’s exciting Summer Reading Series, featuring prominent writers of science fiction and fantasy who are teaching its prestigious Six-Week Workshop, will take place in June and July of 2015.  This year’s workshop instructors hail from all over the world and between them write an incredible variety of work: from Afro-Caribbean speculative fiction, to one of the most celebrated books about time travel ever written, to ominously predictive stories about the surveillance state, this year’s instructors open readers’ eyes to the possibilities of the world.

Authors will read from their work and answer questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics. These events are a chance to get to know some of the most prominent and award-winning writers working in speculative fiction today.

Readings take place at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE in Seattle, unless otherwise noted.  All readings except for the Cory Doctorow event on July 28 are free and do not require tickets.

  • June 23, 7 PM: Andy Duncan
  • June 30, 7 PM: Eileen Gunn
  • July 7, 7 PM: Tobias S. Buckell
  • July 14, 7 PM: Connie Willis
  • July 21, 7 PM: Nalo Hopkinson
  • July 28, 7 PM: Cory Doctorow (at the University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105. Tickets are $10 in advance, and can be purchased at

More information about the authors and the readings can be found at and at

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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2015

Clarion West is honored to present the Summer Workshop Class of 2015:

Dinesh Pulandram, from Melbourne, Australia

Garret Johnston, from Sherwood Park, Alberta

Rebecca Campbell, from Windsor, Ontario

Monidipa “Mimi” Mondal, from Calcutta*, India

Thersa Matsuura, from Yaizu, Japan

Samuel Kolawole, from Ibadan, Nigeria

Michael Sebastian, from Los Angeles, CA

Jake Stone, from Bloomington, IN

Nana, from New York, NY

Laurie Penny, from London, England

Margaret Killjoy, who is a nomad of the United States

Leo Vladimirsky, from New York, NY

Justin C. Key, from Washington, DC

Christine Neulieb, from Philadelphia, PA

Nibedita Sen, from Kolkata, India

Evan J. Peterson, from Seattle, WA

Tegan Moore, from Seattle, WA

Julia M. Wetherell, from Brooklyn, NY

Congratulations to all of this year’s students!


*used by request of the student

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An Evening with Kim Stanley Robinson: A Benefit for Clarion West

Please join Clarion West on April 25 for an evening of conversation and conviviality with Kim Stanley Robinson and fellow speculative fiction fans and writers. Enjoy specially selected wines and paella made on-site at one of the most spectacular homes in Seattle. The highlight of the evening will include a lively discussion led by Greg Bear and Nisi Shawl.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the event Web page. Space is limited—reserve your place today!

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Clarion West Spring One-Day Workshops now open for registration

Registration is now open for our three Spring One-Day Workshops:

Sunday, March 15 • L. Timmel Duchamp • How to Read As a Writer
For this workshop only, the registration fee is $150.

Critiques from a variety of readers give writers insight into how the words they’ve put on the page are being transformed into the stories that unfold in their readers’ heads. This workshop will offer insight into how others are reading your story and help make it into the story you would like them to be reading. Students who enroll in this workshop will be asked to submit a piece of writing in advance.

Sunday, April 19 • Ken Scholes • Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory

Spend a day with award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Ken Scholes in a relaxed workshop focused on short stories. Ken combines his down-to-earth, sometimes witty, conversational teaching style with group exercises to show participants that a writer’s muse is always on the clock and can be trained to find stories anywhere and anytime.

Sunday, May 3 • Cat Rambo • Flash Fiction

Flash fiction—pieces 1000 words or fewer in length—can inspire, amaze, and delight, all in just a few words. In this workshop, you’ll examine examples of flash fiction, do exercises to get started writing flash, discuss how to review flash fiction, and finish with an overview of speculative flash fiction markets.

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Clarion West Benefit Auction at Potlatch 24

The annual Clarion West Benefit Auction at Potlatch will be held at the Hotel Deca at 8:00pm on February 7, but now is the time to donate your curious, collectible, geeky, and otherwise desirable items. Please complete this online form so that we can include your items in the auction catalog.

If you plan to attend Potlatch 24, please deliver your items to the registration desk by noon on Saturday, February 7. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, please contact Huw Evans to arrange shipping or an in-person hand-off.

Thank you for supporting Potlatch and Clarion West!

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2015 Clarion West Six-Week Writers Workshop applications open

Clarion West Six-Week Workshop: June 21 – July 31, 2015

If you’re interested in attending the 2015 Six-Week Workshop, now is your moment! Visit the workshop page for details about how to apply as well as other information about costs, deadlines, and what the Clarion West experience is like. We have an all-new electronic application process that streamlines the process of applying for the workshop and scholarships.

Apply early and save $20.

Apply by February 10, 2015, for a discounted application fee of $30. The final deadline to apply is March 1, 2015.


Clarion West is committed to making the workshop experience available to as many students as possible. All applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships when they apply for the workshop.

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Clarion West Write-a-thon final results and special thanks

The final numbers are in for the Clarion West Write-a-thon: 263 participants, 338 sponsors, and $22,000 raised to support the Clarion West Writers Workshop! If you wrote or donated (or both), thank you so much! Your ongoing support makes the workshop possible.

Clarion West is grateful for our engaged and resourceful community. Special thanks go to the donors who made challenge donations, everyone who spread the word about the Write-a-thon, and our amazing board members and volunteers. Stephanie Burgis, Randy Henderson, Nisi Shawl, and Kelley Eskridge donated their time for Tweetchats and other events, and we appreciate their support.

Kate Schaefer, our database maven, did incredible work getting the organization set up and ready for the Write-a-thon. Many thanks also go to our Webmaster, Erik Owomoyela, who oversaw the transition to a new Write-a-thon site and to our fearless beta testers who helped us iron out the wrinkles in our new site.

Thanks to all for helping make this important fundraiser a success!

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Clarion West announces instructors for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop

Clarion West is delighted to announce the names of the instructors for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop. Applications will open in December 2014. More information about the instructors and application instructions will be posted in the coming weeks.

  • Andy Duncan  2015 Clarion West Leslie Howle Fellow
  • Eileen Gunn
  • Tobias Buckell
  • Connie Willis
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Cory Doctorow  2015 Clarion West Susan C. Petrey Fellow

This is an incredible lineup, and we are looking forward to next year’s workshop!

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Clarion West at Emerald City Comicon

We had a wonderful time meeting and talking with people at our table at Emerald City Comicon, March 28th-30th 2014! Many thanks to our volunteers, our alumni who donated materials, and especially to Tod McCoy who organized the table.

Clarion West table at ECCC 2014 by Rashida Smith

Clarion West table at ECCC 2014 by Rashida Smith

Clarion West table at ECCC 2014 by Rashida Smith

Clarion West table at ECCC 2014 by Rashida Smith

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Telling Tales

Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, is a new anthology of stories by award-winning and acclaimed Clarion West graduates. Read stories by Rachel Swirsky, Ben Rosenbaum, Kij Johnson, David Levine, and many more of your favorite authors, plus essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, Gardner Dozois, Nancy Kress, Greg Bear, and other great Clarion West instructors.

When you buy a copy, all proceeds benefit the organization. Clarion West launched this book/fundraiser at the Locus Awards, and copies are available now at Seattle’s University Book Store, and online via and publisher Hydra House (whose generosity makes this fundraiser possible).

See the full Table of Contents and cover art here.

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