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 Audible.com 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 http://www.clarionwest.org/events/readings/ .

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Clarion West Write-a-thon is now open for registration

The Clarion West Write-a-thon registration is now open!

Every year, hundreds of people commit to a summer tradition: to spend six weeks working on their writing goals while supporting Clarion West. Looking for a challenge to keep yourself writing during the long days of summer? You’ve found one!

Go to the Write-a-thon page for more details and to register.

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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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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2014

Clarion West is honored to present the Summer Workshop Class of 2014:

Adanze Asante, from Brooklyn, New York

Alexander Berman, from Los Angeles, California

Christopher Nickolas Carlson, from Beijing, China

Curtis C. Chen, from Vancouver, Washington

Shannon Fay, from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Folly Blaine, from Seattle, Washington

Rich Larson, from Edmonton, Alberta

Michael Matheson, from Toronto, Ontario

Ian Muneshwar, from Somerville, Massacheussets

Chinelo Onwualu, from Abuja, Nigeria

Sandra Martins Pinto, from Porto, Portugal

Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein, from Portland, Oregon

Anthony Bell, from Stanwood, Washington

Michael Smith, from Seattle, Washington

Julie Steinbacher, from Baltimore, Maryland

Yang-Yang Wang, from Snohomish, Washington

Marlee Jane Ward, from New South Wales, Australia

Alison Wilgus, from Brooklyn, New York

Congratulations to all!

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One-Day Workshops for Spring 2014

Registration is open for the Spring 2014 Clarion West One-Day Workshops, taught by Rachel Swirsky, Nicola Griffith, Lisa Gold, and Louise Marley. These six-hour intensives focus on skills useful to all speculative fiction writers. All sessions take place on Sundays in Seattle’s University District. For more information, visit the One-Day Workshop page.

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Our New Communications Specialist

Clarion West is pleased to announce that Kris Millering has joined the staff as our Communications Specialist. Kris attended the Six-Week Workshop in 2009, and has nearly two decades of experience working on marketing and site production for tech companies in the greater Seattle area. Among many other things, she will be working on the online Alumni News that will debut soon on this site.

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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 Amazon.com and publisher Hydra House (whose generosity makes this fundraiser possible).

See the full Table of Contents and cover art here.

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