Interested in sponsoring the Clarion West Write-a-thon? Learn more here.

Six weeks. Infinite possibilities.

Let’s get started.

June 21 – July 31, 2020

Take part in a Clarion West summer tradition:

  • Achieve your writing goals
  • Meet other writers in our online affinity groups
  • Level up your writing in our weekly flash fiction critique sessions
  • Take classes, join sprints, and play writing games
  • Attend our virtual summer readings
  • No cost, no obligations
  • Sign-ups open June 8

New writers:

Returning writers:


What is the Write-a-thon?

The Write-a-thon is Clarion West’s six-week-long annual online fundraiser. It’s a time of year we set aside to focus on our wider writing community: participants set writing goals for themselves, create personal Write-a-thon pages, and write!

This year, we’ll be doing something special. We’re offering our Write-a-thon participants early access to exclusive craft talks with our 2020 writing instructors. We’ve also set aside a virtual meeting space for you, and we’re offering online classes on a range of subjects. These classes are free, and will be filled by lottery. You’ll need to sign up to be an official Write-a-thon participant, though, so don’t wait.

As in previous years, you can use the Write-a-thon to set personal goals in writing (or reading!). You can cheer others on, meet fellow writers, and raise funds for Clarion West. The Write-a-thon brings together past CW alumni, instructors, and new friends from around the world in one big happy puddle of writerly support.

All donations for the Write-a-thon go to support Clarion West workshops and outreach programs — we can’t do it without you. If you’re able to help out, our classic Write-a-thon channels still apply. You can announce your writing goals publicly, and friends and family can pledge donations in support. It’s like a walkathon, but with writing. 

Interested? Join in here.

Or check out our FAQ.


Support the Write-a-thon

By supporting the Clarion West Write-a-thon, you help to ensure that our high quality workshops continue year after year. All sponsorship donations support Clarion West. 

Sponsor a writer
Search for a writer you know, or browse for interesting projects. Your support means the world to us.

Sponsor multiple writers
Want to sponsor multiple writers at once? Include a note with your donation indicating how you would like your donation split, and we’ll take care of it for you. Show support for a whole year of Clarion West alums at once!

Special Opportunities and Rewards
Every year during the Write-a-thon, our community comes up with dozens of special challenges & opportunities. Tuckerizations! Postcards from your writer! Matching donations! Writing critiques! Class challenges! If you’ve always wanted to be redshirted in a work of fiction, you’ll want to check the list here.


Join the Write-a-thon community

(click to sign up with invite link)
(use the #writeathon hashtag)


Donations are accepted via PayPal, credit/debit, or check. Please mail checks to our offices at:

Clarion West
P.O. Box 31264
Seattle, WA 98103-1264

Clarion West is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. Donations to Clarion West are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will receive a thank-you letter with every donation that may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Our Federal EIN is 91-1352168.

You can also send checks to our office:

Clarion West
P.O. Box 31264
Seattle, WA 98103-1264

Donations to Clarion West are tax deductible in the US. Clarion West is a nonprofit educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; our Federal EIN is 91-1352168. Check with your tax advisor for other tax jurisdictions. After you send us your donation you will receive a thank-you letter acknowledging your gift. You can use this letter as a receipt for tax purposes.


Flash fiction critique groups

Want to take your writing to the next level?

Sign up for our flash fiction critique groups. The goal: write a new flash fiction story every week, receive critiques on your stories, and learn to critique others’ writing. You’ll be randomly assigned to a group of no more than 8 writers, and you’ll exchange stories with your group every week.

Writing prompts offered by our instructors will be posted at 6:00pm on Saturday nights for the six consecutive weekends of the Write-a-thon — June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, and July 25. You’ll have until 9:00pm on the following Thursday to submit your flash fiction piece of 1,500 words or fewer. You’ll also turn in critiques for your group members’ works by 9:00pm the following Wednesday. (All times in Pacific Daylight Time.)

Participants in our flash fiction critique groups can also enter their stories into a lottery to receive a special critique from a Clarion West instructor!


Interested in sponsoring the Clarion West Write-a-thon? Learn more here.