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
How to Read As a Writer
February 21, 2016 • L. Timmel Duchamp
Critiques from a variety of readers give writers insight into how the words they’ve put on the page are being transformed into the stories that unfold in their readers’ heads. This workshop will offer insight into how others are reading your story and help make it into the story you would like them to be reading.
Writing in Scenes
March 20 • Jack Skillingstead and Nancy Kress
The basic unit of fiction isn’t the sentence or even the paragraph— it’s the scene. Learn how to craft vivid scenes that will grab readers’ (and editors’!) attention and keep them reading. This workshop will cover scene structure and effectiveness, types of scenes, scene sequence within the overall story structure, and writing processes.
Blistering Action Scenes and Well-Paced Stories
April 17 • Jason M. Hough
Learn how to leave readers breathless with blistering action sequences, and practice techniques for crafting satisfying, well-paced stories. In this workshop, you’ll analyze action sequences both amazing and awful, and do exercises that will help you write action sequences and integrate them with your overall story.
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.