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.
Telling Old Stories in New Ways
Sunday, April 6 • Rachel Swirsky • Details
We humans tell ourselves stories—stories about who we are, where we come from, who we want to be. Rewriting those stories is a compelling lure, whether writers want to add to the canon of a beloved mythology or whether they want to influence the way people conceive of themselves by altering the narratives they take for granted. Using handouts, writing exercises, and discussion, this class will teach students how to reshape old narratives into new ones.
The Magic of Immersive Fiction
Sunday, April 13 • Nicola Griffith • Details
This workshop is now full.
Immersive fiction sweeps you off your feet and puts you right there, right then, living and breathing with the characters. With writing exercises, discussion, and handouts we’ll learn how to create the excitement, sensory detail, and clarity that brings a whole world and its people alive.
Fiction R&D: From Research to Ideas to Stories
Sunday, May 4 • Lisa Gold and Louise Marley • Details
Research is a creative process that can help writers with inspiration, storytelling, and worldbuilding. Lisa Gold will share practical advice on doing research and finding useful and unusual sources, and she’ll provide an annotated list of resources. Louise Marley will explore generating, refining, and developing ideas into stories. They’ll use a combination of lecture, discussion, brainstorming, and writing exercises. If you have a laptop or iPad, please bring it so you can browse online resources.Clarion West’s One-Day Workshop series is sponsored in part by 4Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.