Clarion West Alumni News for September 2019

Dear friends,

Summer hasn’t quite ended, but fall hasn’t quite begun. Is this summfall? We hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine and digging into that summer reading list.

We’ve got a full slate of activities lined up for the next few months. Read on for a cornucopia of workshops, a trivia night, an open mic night, and more!

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

Science Fiction Trivia Night

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

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 sign up with 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

Click here for more information.

Open Mic Night

October 16, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Capitol Cider
818 E Pike St

We’re collaborating with Two Hour Transport to bring you this open mic event — a night of sharing original science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

This event is open to everyone! You can sign up on the spot to read your short piece. There is no charge to attend or participate, but please consider purchasing food and drink from the venue.

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

Tegan Moore (CW ’15) published two stories: “A Forest, Or A Tree” at and “The Work of Wolves” in the July/August issue of Asimov’s.

The table of contents for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, edited by John Joseph Adams, is out. Stories featured in this collection include:“Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung” by Usman Malik (CW ’13)
“On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog” by Adam Shannon (CW ’17)

Shortlisted as Notable Stories for the year were:

“And Yet” by A.T. Greenblatt (CW ’17)
“The Hard Spot in the Glacier” by An Owomoyela (CW ’08)
“De MotherJumpers” by Celeste Rita Baker (CW ’19)“The No-One Girl and the Flower of the Farther Shore” by E. Lily Yu (CW ’13)“Music for the Underworld” by E. Lily Yu (CW ’13)
“Unplaces: An Atlas of Non-Existence” by Izzy Wasserstein (CW ’17)
“Hehua” by Millie Ho (CW ’19)
“Bride Before You” by Stephanie Malia Morris (CW ’17)Adele Gardner‘s (CW ’04) micropoem “Morning cows” will be published in Haikuniverse. In November, Adele is hosting a number of writing events at the Main Library in Hampton, VA, for National Novel Writing Month. These include film screenings, workshops, and write-ins. She is also curating an online Halloween poetry reading for her speculative poetry group, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Submissions are open now.

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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