One-Day Workshops

Throughout the year, Clarion West invites acclaimed instructors to teach a six-hour class in Seattle’s University District. These intensive single day workshops contain many of the elements of our Six-Week Workshop, such as instructor-facilitated group critique, and discussions about technique or professional concerns. They are available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $130 fee.

Voice and Voices

Sunday, October 5 • Nisi Shawl • Details and registration

All writers have a voice, and all of us who write fiction want to clearly convey our characters’ voices to readers through our words. In this class we’ll 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 • Details and registration

This workshop is now full – waitlist is open.

Spend a day with award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Ken Scholes in a relaxed workshop focused on short stories. In “Muse Management and Production in the Story Factory,” Ken 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 • Details and registration

This workshop examines the reasons to write tie-in fiction, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and potential pitfalls. We’ll dispel some myths about writing for a shared-world setting and talk about considerations you might not have taken into account. 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.

Clarion West’s One-Day Workshop series is sponsored in part by 4Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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