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.
Fall One-Day Workshops
Characters of Distinction
Sunday, September 13 • Patricia Briggs
Join Patricia Briggs as she discloses the secrets of building great characters: from protagonists, to antagonists, to the bit part walk-ons.
Sunday, October 11 • Kij Johnson
This workshop will concentrate on immersive worldbuilding. We’ll talk, do exercises, and examine the pros and cons of some different strategies exemplified in published works.
Technology and Magic as Characters
Sunday, October 18 • Hannu Rajaniemi
For this workshop only, tuition is $140.
In this workshop, students will examine examples of fictional technology, come up with their own and experiment with telling stories that would not be possible without it.
If It’s Real, Show Me
Sunday, November 15 • Hiromi Goto
This workshop will be a boot camp in engaging the senses of the reader. We’ll talk about setting, description, narrative time, and how to write dramatic active stories that feel as real as the world we think exists around us.