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 Winter One-Day Workshops now open for registration

Registration is now open for our two Winter One-Day Workshops:

January 25, 2015 • Nancy Kress • From Scattered to Salable: Revising Your Manuscript

You finished your novel or short story – congratulations! But actually, you have just begun; revision is what often make the difference between a rough story and a salable one. You will leave the workshop with a stronger manuscript, as well as a set of systematic practices for future revisions.

February 22, 2015 • J.M. Sidorova • Help! There’s Science in my Fiction!

If you believe that there is a place for real science and scientists in fiction, but need help fitting any of it in, this workshop is for you. This workshop includes an optional visit to a working laboratory at the University of Washington.

Please join us on these two Sundays in Seattle’s University District.

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Clarion West Winter One-Day Workshops

Clarion West is pleased to announce dates and instructors for its winter One-Day Workshops. Workshop descriptions and registration details will be posted when they are available.

Mark your calendars now for two workshops this winter:

January 25
Nancy Kress

February 22
J. M. Sidorova

Throughout the year, Clarion West invites acclaimed instructors to teach a six-hour class in Seattle’s University District. These intensive single day workshops contain many of the elements of our Six-Week Workshop, such as instructor-facilitated group critique, and discussions about technique or professional concerns. They are available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $130 fee.

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Tour Greg Bear’s Library: A Benefit for Clarion West

Please join us at 6 pm on Saturday, November 22 for an evening of conversation, nibbles, drinks, and a tour of one of the great collections of science fiction and fantasy books and art at the home of Greg and Astrid Bear.

Greg and Astrid are hosting this event. Greg will provide a personally guided tour through his amazing library of books and art, including many rare, unique items.

Enjoy excellent beverages, serious appetizers, and the company of your fellow attendees and other guests at the Bears’ home.

Space is limited. Learn more and buy tickets today.

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Potlatch 24: February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 in Seattle

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention where readers and writers meet on common ground. Their format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

This year’s Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue.

Potlatch has a close connection to Clarion West. They feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings and a half-day Writers Workshop. Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as many have in the past.

Visit their website for registration details and contact information.

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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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