It’s March, and like a bear emerging from hibernation, Clarion West’s Summer Workshop team is blinking in the spring sunlight and shambling into motion. We hope everyone got their applications in before the March 1 deadline. As our committee comes to its final decisions on the Class of 2018, we’re holding our breath and keeping our digits crossed for all our fantastic applicants.
Norwescon 41 is less than two weeks away, and this year’s Norwescon promises to be extra special. Clarion West is hosting five new workshops over the weekend, all taught by CW alumni who are experts in their field:“Out of the Genre Box” with Sandra Odell
“Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction” with Cat Rambo
“The Best Comedy Workshop You’ve Ever Attended” with Curtis Chen and Tegan Moore
“Making Monsters and Villains” with Evan J. Peterson
“Where to Sell Your E-book Online” with Tod McCoy
If you’ll be at Norwescon, sign up for workshops in advance—spaces fill up fast! We’ll be staffing an information table all weekend, so stop by and say hello. We’d also like to invite you to join us at our Clarion West Norwescon Social, on Saturday March 31 from 4pm-6pm in the Presidential Suite, Room 1360. See you there?
Uncanny Magazine’s Issue Twenty-One is out, and we’re incredibly proud of this one for four reasons: it features new fiction from three of our incredible 2017 grads—A. T. Greenblatt, Emma Törzs, and Vina Jie-Min Prasad—as well as a heartfelt essay by Workshop Director Neile Graham entitled “The Work of a Workshop.” Check the issue out to sample some of the brightest new voices in SFF, and learn a little more about what makes Clarion West tick behind the scenes.
Adele Gardner (CW ’04) guest-edited the new Arthuriana issue of Eye To The Telescope, an SFPA poetry publication. She’s also had seven new publications of her own: “The Man Trap” in Eye To The Telescope, “Silicone Valley” in Alphanumeric, “Witch Habiliments” in SFPA’s 2017 Halloween Poetry Reading, “If Wishes Were Horses” in California Quarterly, “Iron Woman” in Blue Collar Review, “The Open Door” in The Cape Rock, and “Why We Write: Adele Gardner” in 1888 Center.
TJ Berry (CW ’16) has signed a 2-book deal with Angry Robot Books. Space Unicorn Blues, her first novel, will be released on June 3, 2018. She is represented by Sam Morgan of Foundry Literary.
Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) edited the anthology Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland, which will be released by Exile Books in May. She also has four new publications: “A Taste of Eden” in The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Vol. III; “Shoes” and “The Enlightened” in Polar Borealis; and “How to Cook With Children” in Grievous Angel.
Sandra Odell (CW ’10) has a story, “For Fear of Little Men,” appearing in Artemis Rising 4, a month-long event on Pseudopod featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction. Her short story collection Godfall & Other Stories will be released by Hydra House Books on April 18, 2018.
E. Lily Yu (CW ’13) has a story, “The No-One Girl and the Flower of the Farther Shore” in Clarkesworld’s March issue.
Emma Osborne (CW ’16) will appear in Nightmare Magazine’s April issue with her story “Don’t Pack Hope.”
Izzy Wasserstein (CW ’17) has a short story, “Unplaces: an Atlas of Non-Existence” in the March issue of Clarkesworld. Another short story, “The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls,” will appear in Pseudopod in March. This story was first written at Clarion West.
Gordon B. White (CW ’17) has a new story, “Rearranging Ways to Listen,” up at Daily Science Fiction.
As mentioned above, A. T. Greenblatt (CW ’17), Emma Törzs (CW ’17), and Vina Jie-Min Prasad (CW ’17) have their respective stories “And Yet,” “Like a River Loves the Sky,” and “Pistol Grip” out in the most recent issue of Uncanny Magazine.
Congratulations to Cynthia Ward (CW ’92), whose short novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess made the Tangent Online 2017 Recommended Reading List, The Seattle Times Noteworthy Books of 2017 Speculative Fiction List, Locus Magazine’s 2017 Recommended Reading List, and the Locus Awards ballot. She also recently had stories published in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, Five to the Future, Tales From the Lake: Volume 4, Women Who Love Monsters, Analog, Science Fiction Trails, Skelos Journal, Spectacle, and Weirdbook. She has reported that she needs a nap.
The table of contents for Gardner Dozois’s Best of the Best, which draws from 30 years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, has been released, and includes many excellent CW instructors, as well as as alumni Indrapramit Das (CW ’12), Daniel Abraham (CW ’98) (as James S.A. Corey), and Rich Larson (CW ’14).