Clarion West holds several workshops a year, all taught by instructors who work in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
Summer Six-Week Workshop
Rocket fuel for writers
Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop geared to help students prepare for professional careers as writers of speculative fiction. Each class is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different a highly regarded author or editor offering a unique perspective on the field. The Clarion West Six-Week Workshop is one of the most respected science fiction and fantasy workshops in the world.
Throughout the year, Clarion West invites acclaimed instructors to teach a one-day class focused on a specific aspect of the writing process. Hosted in Seattle’s University District, these workshops are available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $130 fee. Past instructors have included Nicola Griffith, Cat Rambo, Karen Joy Fowler, Nancy Kress, Kij Johnson, and Nisi Shawl.
New One-Day Workshops
From Idea to Story
May 1 • Tina Connolly and Caroline Yoachim
Writers often start with one piece of a story—e.g. an amazing setting, a fascinating character, or a cool scientific discovery. It’s a great idea with lots of potential, but now what? Learn how to scale ideas to suit the length of story you want to write (flash fiction, short stories, novels) and discuss techniques for creating a compelling narrative arc no matter what type of idea you start from.
Equine and Canine Paradoxes: Publishing and Collaborating in the Modern Age
May 22 • Greg Bear and Mark Teppo
Spend a day with Greg Bear and Mark Teppo and discuss media types beyond the prose novel, creative ways for collaboration, and effective strategies for self-starting writers in the digital age. It’ll be a bit like a circus show, but with better jokes and more effective tools. Popcorn included.