Clarion West Alumni News for August 2019

Dear friends,

By the time you read this, the Clarion West Class of 2019 will have bid their tearful goodbyes and begun their long journeys home. They’ll bring their newfound skills and experiences home with them, along with new books, new professional connections, and new friends. Have a safe re-entry, 2019.

To everyone who took part in or donated to our 2019 Write-a-thon: thank you! We’ve just surpassed this year’s fundraising goal of $20,000. Donations like these made this year’s workshop possible, and will continue to make our workshops possible in 2020 and beyond.

2020 Instructor Lineup

We recently unveiled the instructor lineup for our 2020 Summer Workshop, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Week 1 – Andy Duncan
Week 2 – Eileen Gunn
Week 3 – Tina Connolly & Caroline M. Yoachim
Week 4 – Nalo Hopkinson
Week 5 – Neil Clarke
Week 6 – Ted Chiang

The 2020 Six-Week Summer Workshop will take place from June 21–July 31, 2020, in Seattle’s University District. Applications will open on December 1, 2019.

Read more about our 2020 instructors on the Summer Workshop page.

One-Day/Weekend Workshops

We’ve got a great lineup of One-Day Workshops for the fall, including our very first Weekend Workshop.

September 8:Steering the Craft with Molly Gloss
October 12:
Revision IS Writing with Maureen McHugh
October 26:Harvesting Stories with Ken Scholes
November 10:The Pleasures of Peril: Writing Horror with Nino Cipri
November 23–24:
Writing the Other with Nisi Shawl & K. Tempest Bradford

Save the Date

Clarion West Fundraiser and Science Fiction Trivia Night

Join us at Lagunitas Brewery next month for trivia night! Food, drinks, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 100% of all beer sales will be donated to Clarion West, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewery.

Start your own team, or join a famous team captain:

  • Cherie Priest, award-winning science fiction and young adult author
  • Brooks Peck, author, museum curator, and journalist
  • Tom Nissley, eight-time Jeopardy! champion, author, and journalist
  • Cat Rambo, award-winning science fiction and fantasy author
  • Frank Catalano, award-winning tech journalist and analyst
  • Seanan McGuire, award-winning author and musician

September 24, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lagunitas Brewery
1550 NW 49th St. Seattle, WA 98107

Click here for more information.

Volunteer opportunities

Cleaning Up Our Contact List

Help us get the word out! Every year, Clarion West sends application information to hundreds of schools and writing programs around the country via email and physical mail. This list hasn’t been updated in several years, and we could really use someone with an eye for detail to help us update our contacts before the letters go out at the end of November. We’ll need help confirming current contact information and coming up with ideas for new places to send our information to — we’ll take care of the rest.

Please contact Marnee at if you are interested in helping with this project.

Alumni News

The World Fantasy Award nominees are out! Representing CW on the World Fantasy Awards ballot in Los Angeles this November will be

  • Emma Törzs (CW ’17), for her short story “Like a River Loves the Sky”
  • Kij Johnson (CW ’87), for her novella “The Privilege of the Happy Ending”
  • Andy Duncan (CW ’92), for his collection An Agent of Utopia: New & Selected Stories
  • Margo Lanagan (CW ’99), for her collection Phantom Limbs

Siobhan Carroll (CW ’09) has a new story, “For He Can Creep,” out from Her food story, “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” is shortlisted for the 2019 Eugie Foster Memorial Award.

Lora Gray‘s (CW ’16) story, “Our Roots Devour,” was published in Apparition Literary Magazine in July.

Alyc Helms (CW ’12), in collaboration with Marie Brennan, sold a trilogy to Orbit Books to be published under the pen name M.A. Carrick. The Rook and Rose trilogy is about a clever but desperate con artist who attempts to pull off the scheme of a lifetime — infiltrating a noble house by posing as a long-estranged family member — and finds herself drawn into an ever-deepening web of magical and political intrigue with dangerous consequences. You can read more about it on Alyc’s blogMarie’s blog, and their joint M.A. Carrick blog.

Robert Guffey (CW ’96) has a short story in Craig Spector’s latest anthology, Freedom of Screech. The story is entitled “Farewell, Frankenstein!”

Maura McHugh (CW ’06) has a five-issue Judge Anderson story appearing in Judge Dredd Megazine: “The Dead Run,” drawn by Paddy Goddard, coloured by Pippa Mather, and lettered by Annie Parkhouse.

Andy Romine (CW ’10) has a story, “Miles and Miles and Miles,” out at Lightspeed Magazine. There’s also a podcast version narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Andy’s author spotlight was conducted by fellow CW alum Gordon B. White (CW ’17).

Sarah Dodd (CW ’12) won the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize for 2019.

Shannon Fay (CW ’14) has a story out at Daily SF: “Wayfarer.”

Isabel Cañas (CW ’18) has two new stories out: “The Weight of a Thousand Needles” at Lightspeed and “No Other Life” at Nightmare.

Natalia Theodoridou (CW ’18) has a new story out at Strange Horizons: “Notes on a Resurrection.”

Vylar Kaftan (CW ’04) has a novella out from “Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water.”

Tinatsu Wallace (CW ’06) has a new story up at Daily SF: “The Flights of Francie.”

Nibedita Sen (CW ’15) has a new story up at Fireside Magazine: “Advice for Your First Time at the Faerie Market.”

Indrapramit Das (CW ’12) has a reprint of his story “The Moon Is Not a Battlefield” up at Lightspeed.

Rachel Swirsky (CW ’05) and P.H. Lee have a story up at Uncanny Magazine: “Compassionate Simulation.”

Sheree Renée Thomas (CW ’99) has a story up at Fireside: “Not All Caged Birds Sing.”

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

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