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
Voice and Voices
Sunday, October 5 • Nisi Shawl
Explore the power of voice: how to find your own, how to use it, how to let your characters speak their authentic truths, how to help them reveal themselves and their world to readers everywhere.
Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory
Sunday, November 2 • Ken Scholes
Ken Scholes combines his down-to-earth, sometimes witty, conversational teaching style with group exercises to show participants that a writer’s muse is always on the clock and can be trained to find stories anywhere and anytime.
Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It
Sunday, December 7 • Erik Scott de Bie
This workshop examines the reasons to write tie-in fiction, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and potential pitfalls. You will learn how to assert your own voice through the medium of someone else’s creation, how to push the boundaries of what has been done before in that setting, and how to be artistically satisfied when not in full control.