New Week Six instructor: Michael Swanwick

It is with great regret that we announce that Geoff Ryman will not be teaching Week Six, due to unexpected difficulties with the United Kingdom’s passport system.

Stepping in for Ryman is Michael Swanwick, who has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards for his work. His books include In the Drift, an Ace Special; Vacuum Flowers; Griffin’s Egg; Stations of the Tide; The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book, and Jack Faust. His short fiction has been collected in Gravity’s Angels, A Geography of Unknown Lands, Moon Dogs, Tales of Old Earth, and a collection of short-shorts, Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures. His most recent novel, Chasing the Phoenix, which chronicles the adventures of confidence artists Darger and Surplus in post-Utopian China, is currently available from Tor Books. He is currently at work on a new novel set in Industrialized Faerie.

Swanwick will be reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at the Seattle Central Library for our Summer Reading Series. We wish Geoff Ryman all the best, and we are grateful to Michael Swanwick for stepping in to make sure our students have a fantastic final week of the workshop.

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Clarion West announces Fall 2016 One-Day Workshops

Clarion West has announced an exciting lineup of One-Day Workshops for this fall:

Visit the One-Day Workshops page to learn more.

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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2016

Clarion West is honored to present the Summer Workshop Class of 2016:

Taimur Ahmad, from New York City/Princeton, New Jersey

Betsy Aoki, from Seattle, Washington

Elizabeth Bartmess, from San Francisco, California

Octavia Cade, from New Zealand

Paul DesCombaz, from Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lora Gray, from Kent, Ohio

C.A. Hawksmoor, from North Wales

Jon Lasser, from Seattle, Washington

T. Jane Berry, from Seattle, Washington

S. Qiouyi Lu, from the USA

Gunnar Norskog, from St. George, Utah

Emma Osborne, from Melbourne, Australia

Shiv Ramdas, from India

Mitchell Shanklin, from Seattle, Washington

Jessica Silbaugh-Cowdin, from Seattle, Washington

Gabriel Teodros, from Seattle, Washington

Cadwell Turnbull, from North Carolina

Alex Filipowicz, from Chicago, Illinois


Congratulations to all of this year’s students!

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Clarion West to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make an award to Clarion West in support of the Six-Week Workshop and the Summer Reading Series. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Clarion West represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

Clarion West is committed to forging new and diverse voices in science fiction and fantasy through extraordinary educational opportunities. Through its Six-Week Summer Workshop, it prepares new writers for their careers and connects them with a community of fellow writers and passionate fans. Clarion West also makes speculative fiction available to the public by presenting readings and other events that bring writers and readers together.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

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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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