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 three workshops this winter:

January 25
Nancy Kress

February 22
J. M. Sidorova

March 15
L. Timmel Duchamp

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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Clarion West Fall 2014 One-Day Workshops

Clarion West is holding three One-Day Workshops this fall. 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.

Voice and Voices
Sunday, October 5
Nisi Shawl

Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory
Registration for this workshop is full.
Sunday, November 2
Ken Scholes

Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It
Sunday, December 7
Erik Scott de Bie

For more details and to register, visit the One-Day Workshops page.

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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 Write-a-thon sponsorship challenge

Now your Write-a-thon sponsorship can go even further!

An anonymous donor has offered to match donations from now to the end of the Write-a-thon, up to a total of $1000. Your $10 sponsorship will become $20, and your $50 sponsorship will become $100. This fantastic opportunity will make every dollar you give go twice as far.

You can double your support for Clarion West by sponsoring a writer today. Now is the time!

To find a writer to sponsor, you can go to the writer list on the Write-a-thon site and search or browse.

Too many choices? Visit our Facebook page to browse our past Write-a-thon writers of the day. Any of these fine writers would love your sponsorship.

Or visit the Write-a-thon page and use the PayPal button to sponsor several writers at once—or even a whole class. It takes less than three minutes to donate via Paypal.

With a little over a week left in the Write-a-thon, the Clarion West Writers Workshop truly needs your support. Help us meet our fundraising goals and keep the workshop strong today and into the future.

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New Week One instructor, James Patrick Kelly

Due to temporary health problems that prevent travel, Paul Park will not be able to teach for Clarion West this year. Our new Week One instructor is the extraordinarily talented and experienced Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer James Patrick Kelly. He taught during the 2004 Clarion West workshop, and has taught for the Clarion Workshop and the Stonecoast writing program. Kelly will be reading on June 24th at the University Bookstore as part of our Clarion West’s Summer Reading Series.

James Patrick Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays, and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.” His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. With John Kessel he is co-editor of the anthologies Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, The Secret History Of Science Fiction, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology and SFWA’s Nebula Awards Showcase 2012. He has created two podcasts, James Patrick Kelly’s Storypod on and the Free Reads Podcast. His most recent publishing venture is the ezine James Patrick Kelly’s Strangeways. He writes a column for Asimov’s and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Clarion West is grateful that James Patrick Kelly was able to step in, and we wish Paul Park a swift and uneventful recovery. We are looking forward to a fantastic Six-Week Workshop!

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Full Circle Challenge

Do you have what it takes to bring the Clarion West Write-a-thon full circle? We’re looking for 360 writers for this Write-a-thon, and we have several sponsors who have stepped up with a challenge. Each of them have committed to donating $360 to Clarion West when we reach milestones for signups.

The more people sign up, the more challenge donations Clarion West will receive. At 240 people Clarion West will receive $360. At 300 signups the challenge rises to $720, and at 320 it rises to $1080. At our goal of 360 writers for this Write-a-thon, we have two additional circles added for a total of $1800.

Help us start the Write-a-thon off with a bang! Sign up and boost the signal—tweet about it, post to Facebook, find your writer friends and let them know that there’s a fantastic writing challenge waiting for them this summer. You don’t need to have attended the workshop to participate—anyone who wants to write is welcome.

Register for the Write-a-thon today!

Signups close on June 22.

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Clarion West announces its Summer Reading Series

Clarion West is once again running its well-known Summer Reading Series, featuring prominent writers of science fiction and fantasy who are teaching its prestigious Six-Week Workshop.

Authors will read from new works and answer questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics. Readings take place at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE in Seattle, unless otherwise noted.  All readings are free and do not require tickets.

  • June 24: Paul Park
  • July 1: Kij Johnson
  • July 8: Ian McDonald
  • July 15: Hiromi Goto
  • July 22: Charlie Jane Anders
  • July 29: John Crowley (at the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue)

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

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