Clarion West Alumni News for June 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The year 2020 continues to be a turbulent one. Who’s ready for some good news? We proceed in our mission of supporting diverse, underrepresented genre writers and making our programs as inclusive and accessible as possible. We stand with Black Lives Matter, and we condemn police brutality. This is an awe-inspiring time to witness history. Speaking of cultural changes and historical protest, it’s also Pride month around the world. We wish a safe and happy Pride to all of our LGBTQIA+ friends and family.

This week, we kicked off our 2020 Clarion West Write-a-thon, which we’ve expanded and enriched this year to bring our community closer during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Write-a-thon includes craft talks, guided writing sprints, and online public readings. This is a mighty year to join in!

We depend on this yearly fundraiser to secure our budget and continue to fulfill our mission. Even so, we want everyone to know that there’s no minimum amount to raise. The Write-a-thon is as much about inspiring and supporting our community of writers as it is about asking donors to support us — perhaps more so.


Check out our new webpage for alumni publications. Each month, we’ll put a reminder in the newsletter for you to see whose work is now available to read.


We congratulate A. T. Greenblatt (CW ’17) and Cat Rambo (CW ’05) on their Nebula awards for short story and novelette, respectively. 2019 instructor Amal El-Mohtar also won best novella for This Is How You Lose The Time War, with Max Gladstone.


In addition to the wealth of award season nominations we mentioned last month, we have more!

2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction
The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull (CW ’16)

2020 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award 
“Give the Family My Love” by A. T. Greenblatt (CW ’17)
“The Archronology of Love” by Caroline Yoachim (CW ’06 and instructor CW ’20/21)
plus CW instructors Tobias S. Buckell and Amal El-Mohtar and future instructor Ted Chiang!

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