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 $150 fee unless otherwise noted.


How to Read As a Writer

February 21, 2016 • L. Timmel Duchamp  Details and registration

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. Students who enroll in this workshop will be asked to submit a piece of writing in advance.


Writing in Scenes

March 20 • Jack Skillingstead and Nancy Kress • Details and registration 

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  • Details and registration 

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  • Details and registration 

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 • Details and registration 

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.


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

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