Clarion West Alumni News for July 2019

Dear friends,

If you’re like us, you may be wondering where the first half of 2019 went. Yes, it’s true; it’s already July. The days are heating up, and the Clarion West Summer Six-Week Workshop is in full swing. The 18 students of this year’s Clarion West class are now together under one roof, and are currently finishing their week with the masterful and dynamic Stephen Graham Jones.

Our summer reading series is in full swing, too. If you’re in the Seattle area, we invite you to join us on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for six exciting summer evenings of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. July 9 will be our third reading, with instructor Amal El-Mohtar. All our readings this year have ASL interpreting services.

One-Day Workshops

Three of our One-Day Workshop for fall are available for signup now:

September 8 — Steering the Craft with Molly Gloss
October 26 — Harvesting Stories with Ken Scholes
November 10 — The Pleasures of Peril: Writing Horror with Nino Cipri

Keep an eye out for more — we have a great lineup still to come!

Write-a-thon Class Participation Challenge

It’s time to announce the result of out 2019 Class Participation Challenge. As in previous years, we challenged the Clarion West classes to sign up and participate as a class, with the winning class receiving one year’s worth of bragging rights. Week One of the Write-a-thon has passed, and the final numbers are in:

1. The Class of 2012 with 15 participants
2. The Class of 2017 with 14 participants

So close! By a tiny margin, the Clarion West Class of 2012 has taken home the championship this year. Congratulations, 2012!

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Write-a-thon, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday Meetups

Evan J. Peterson and Jeremy Sim are hosting Write-a-thon meetups at The Dreaming Comics and Games every week on Wednesdays from 6–8pm (5226 University Way NE, Seattle). Join us for some friendly uninterrupted writing time. Writing prompts and prizes available!

Save the Date

Clarion West Fundraiser and Science Fiction Trivia Night

September 24, 2019
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Lagunitas Brewery
1550 NW 49th St. Seattle, WA 98107
Click here for more information.

Alumni News

Chris Willrich (CW ’88) has a new story in Asimov’s: “Fragments from the Library of Cygnus X-1.”

K.C. Ball (CW ’10) and Mike Alexander (CW ’10) worked together on a story that has been released posthumously in The Eagle Has Landed, a collection edited by Neil Clarke. We lost both K.C. and Mike in 2018. Their story is entitled “The Moon Belongs to Everyone.”

Colleen Anderson (CW ’87) has a number of recent poetry publications: “The Beetle Wife” in Polu Texni; “Braving the Storm,” “Singapore,” “Fashion Statement,” and “Between the Lines” in LiteLitOne; “The Briar Witch” in Eye to the Telescope; and “New Order” in Polar Borealis. Her story “Entwined” will be appearing in the Pulp Horror Book of Phobias, and “Uki Dreams” in Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts. She has been invited to be the Canadian Guest of Honour at the Vancouver Creative Ink Festival in 2020.

Craig Gidney‘s (CW ’96) novel A Spectral Hue is out now, from publisher Word Horde.

Greg Cox‘s (CW ’84) newest Star Trek novel, The Antares Maelstrom, will be released in August.

Michael Bishop, a three-time instructor at Clarion West, has a new book out: The City and the Cygnets: An Alternative History of the Atlanta Urban Nucleus in the 21st Century, coming from Kudzu Planet (an imprint of Fairwood Press) in August 2019.

Congratulations, all! Send in your news for next month, and thank you for being part of the Clarion West community!

Clarion West invites the community to attend our readings and other events. We take pride in fostering a welcoming and safe space. Our harassment policy is included here.

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