Clarion West Alumni News for November 2015

Here at Clarion West, we’re getting ready to open applications for the summer workshop in December—our dedicated staff and volunteers are making sure we’re all organized and ready to go.

We also have several One-Day workshops now open for registration:

Alumni, if you have news you’d like to share with the Clarion West community, send it to We want to hear about both personal and publishing news, and we love pictures. News received by the first of each month will be included in that month’s Alumni News.



Blythe Woolston’s (CW ’12) new book MARTians has come out to strong reviews, including a starred review in Kirkus.  You can learn more and find out where to buy the book on the Candlewick Press site, or watch the delightfully strange book trailer on Vimeo.

S.L. Gilbow (CW ’11) has a new story out in Betwixt: “Colonel Callahan.”

Marlee Jane Ward’s (CW ’14) story “Who’s a Good Boy?” is out now in Motherboard.

Helen Marshall (CW ’12) talks about fantasy genre misconceptions, Clarion West, and the rules of writing on the This Is Horror Podcast, episode 62.

Rhiannon R.S. (CW ’14) has a new zombie flash story in Medium titled “How to Survive the Apocalypse.”

Cory Skerry’s (CW ’12) story “Bloodless” was published in October in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Curtis Chen (CW ’14) has a new story, “Ten Days Up,” in the Mission: Tomorrow anthology. He also recently attended his 20th college reunion, where a friend’s children helped advertise his forthcoming novel to classmates.


Greg Cox (CW ’84) has a whole bushel of books coming out in the next year:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Child of Two Worlds (November 2015)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Miasma (February 2016)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies: Book I: Captain To Captain (Summer 2016)

He is also going to be branching out into new franchises, including “X-Files” and “Planet of the Apes.”

Instructor News


Ellen Datlow (who has taught Clarion West a number of times, as well as editing Telling Tales) had a new anthology launch in October: The Monstrous. “These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears.”


Curtis Chen (CW ’14) will be doing a number of panels at OryCon 37, November 20-22. You can find the schedule of where he will be and when on his Web site.

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