Clarion West Alumni News for September 2014

There’s a nip in the air this early September morning here in Seattle. The leaves are just starting to turn, seasonal lattes are back at local coffee shops, and there are little wispy clouds clinging to the treetops on the mountains. Clarion West is starting to get geared up for application season and more One Day Workshops. If you’re an alumnus who knows a talented writer or two who might want to apply for the six Week Workshop, let them know that applications will be open before they know it! More information will be available on this site later this month.

The final numbers are in for the Clarion West Write-a-thon: 263 participants, 338 sponsors, and $22,000 raised to support the Clarion West Writers Workshop. If you wrote or donated, thank you so much! Your ongoing support makes the workshop possible.

We have some fun reading for you this month, so let’s get to it.

Ann Leckie (CW ’05) won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for Ancillary Justice, completing a sweep of almost every major award in the genre.

Kameron Hurley (CW ’00) won two Hugo Awards: Best Fan Writer, and Best Related Work for We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative.

Congratulations to both!

Michael Matheson (CW ‘14) has a story called “Jenny of the Long Gauge” in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s anthology Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. His poem “Zhezhi” will be published in Ursula Pflug’s charity anthology They Have to Take You In, and he has sold a long poem, “No Fixed Points in Space,” to Stone Telling.

Darja Malcolm-Clarke (CW ’04) has a science fiction story called “A Fairy Tale Life” in the most recent issue of The Dark Magazine.

Shannon Peavy’s (CW ’13) chilling story “Good Kids” is up at Daily Science Fiction.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has a story called “Resurrection Points” up at Strange Horizons. His story “Blood Women” has also been podcasted at Pseudopod, narrated by award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed.

Eden Robins (CW ’08) had a story published in June at Apex Magazine called “Cape to Cairo”. She talks about this story and where it came from, Clarion West, and writing in an interview in the same issue.

Folly Blaine (CW ’14) has had her story “The Truth About Woodpeckers” podcasted by Toasted Cake.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has created a bibliography tracking all of the publications of the class of 2013. In all, the class has accumulated over 40 publications and multiple awards and nominations.

Nisi Shawl (CW ’92) read from her work at Antioch College on September 2.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has a Patreon: Patreon is a site where fans can pledge a small amount of money per month to support the work of their favorite creators.

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