Clarion West Alumni News for December 2015

The weather’s gotten chilly in Seattle, but at Clarion West our hearts are warm and full of gratitude this holiday season. Many, many thanks to our volunteers and supporters who put their time and funds into making this one of the best workshops in the known universe! If you’re thinking about your year-end giving, now’s a great time to support Clarion West and help us keep the workshop as affordable as we can now and into the future.

Applications for the 2016 Clarion West Summer Workshop are now open. We have a great lineup of instructors for 2016, and you can find out more on the Summer Workshop page. If you know a writer who might benefit from this amazing workshop, let them know—most of our applicants hear about the workshop through word of mouth.

Clarion West also has spaces left in two winter One-Day Workshops: The Three Ps: Plotting, Planning, and Progress taught by Mark Teppo, and How to Read as a Writer taught by L. Timmel Duchamp. Join us in Seattle’s University District for these intriguing workshops!

You can also purchase One-Day tuition as a gift for yourself or for family and friends—email for more information.

As always, we love to hear from alumni. Send your news to to be included in our monthly Alumni News!


Blythe Woolston (CW ’12) has sold a picture book titled The Words that’s scheduled for publication in 2018. Her novel MARTians has gathered three starred reviews and is included on several “Best of 2015” lists.

Helena Bell (CW ’13) has had two stories published recently: “Needle on Bone” in Strange Horizons and “When We Were Giants” in Lightspeed. She also maintains a bibliography page where you can find all of the work published by the Clarion West class of 2013.

Sonia Lyris (CW ’92) has a new book coming out in March 2016 from Baen: The Seer.

Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) has new stories in Memphis Noir and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (co-edited by Nisi Shawl, CW ’92). The World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies Sheree edited are also featured in “Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination,” an exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture in New York City that runs until December 31st.

Genevieve Williams (CW ’02) has a story in Perihelion titled “Good Behavior.”

Henry Lien’s (CW ’12) story “Bilingual,” originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, is now available to read for free on his Web site.

Michael Underwood’s (CW ’07) new series Genrenauts launched in November with Publishing. Pitched as Leverage meets Jasper Fforde, Genrenauts is a series of novellas, television in prose form. The first novella, “The Shootout Solution,” is now available at

Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) had a story published in Interfictions, “Psychopomp.” “I look up at the godhead. The sand is white around my bare feet, a damp seal. There is no horizon. Where the sea should fall away into the distance, it curves up instead. A towering tidal wave so high it disappears like a cliff into the foaming clouds. Lightning bristles, caressing the infinite black monolith of water. The godhead looks still, but it is very slowly moving towards the shore. Just looking at its impossible height makes me dizzy.”

Craig Laurance Gidney’s (CW ’96) limited edition novelette “The Nectar of Nightmares” is now available from Dim Shores. The novelette comes with a print of the cover art by Orion Zangara.

Carlie St. George (CW ’12) has a trilogy of fairy tale noir novelettes being published by The Book Smugglers. The first two novelettes are now available: “The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper” and “The Price You Pay is Red.” The third story, “The Long and Silent Ever After,” will be available in mid-December.

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