Free One-Day Workshop Passes for Federal Employees

Free writing classes in January and February for federal employees

Clarion West is offering up to three One-Day Workshop passes in January and February 2019 to federal employees affected by the current government shutdown.

The workshops will take place on January 27 and February 10, 2019. Descriptions of the workshops can be found below. If you are interested in reserving your spot, or have any questions, please contact us at

Our workshops:

Tailored Stories for Tailored Markets
Taught by: Seanan McGuire
January 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University District, Seattle

Anthologies can be so specific. Whether it’s “girls and dinosaurs,” “fractured fairy tales,” or “science fiction under the sea,” they seem to find a remarkable number of stories circling a central conceit, no matter how narrow or obscure.  Well, there’s a reason for that. Welcome to the world of the bespoke market, where editors know exactly what they’re looking for… and we’re here to help you be the answer to their question.

We’re going to be taking an all-day look at tailored or bespoke markets, how to write what editors are looking for, and how to stay true to your own authorial voice while also meeting someone else’s expectations.

More information on this workshop here.

Running From Bears
Taught by: Daryl Gregory
February 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University District, Seattle

Daryl Gregory’s college acting teacher once told him that you can’t play running from a bear — you can only run to what’s going to save you: the tree, the shotgun, or that spot just past your slower brother Louie. In this workshop you’ll learn how to create compelling stories by focusing on the essence of drama: characters who want something specific and fail to get it — or realize it’s not what they needed after all. Through exercises and discussion you’ll learn practical techniques for creating dynamic plots, believable characters, and scenes that matter.

More information on this workshop here.

Clarion West is a nonprofit writers workshop for speculative fiction writers (writers in science fiction, fantasy, and horror). Throughout the year, Clarion West invites acclaimed instructors to teach six-hour classes in Seattle’s University District. These intensive single day workshops include instructor-facilitated group critique, discussions about technique, and professional recommendations. They are available to anyone aged 18 and over. Class time runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students should plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m.

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