Clarion West Partners with Hugo House for In-Person Workshop in May

***NOTE: This workshop has been postponed from the date listed below. We will update once we have new information. Thanks!***

Essay Writing for Professional Liars

Instructor: Elsa Sjunneson
Date & Time: May 15 from 12pm-4pm Pacific Time
Location: Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle

Clarion West is thrilled to bring the fabulous Elsa Sjunneson back for our first in-person One-Day Workshop since March 2020: 

This class is great for writers of all levels and backgrounds. Even the most dedicated fiction author sometimes has to tell the truth. In this class, students will create the framework for two personal essays designed to help sell their own books. We will explore nonfiction structure and techniques to guide us along the way. This class will also help students understand how to draw from their own life experience for the purposes of their fiction — how do you disguise that ex you want to murder, and what does it mean to “write what you know” anyway?

This event is presented in partnership with our partner location, Hugo House, a fully ADA accessible facility. To make this program accessible for all, registration is scaled at 30%–60%–90%–100% so that students choose to pay what they can. There are also 5 Free spots reserved for BIPOC and can be claimed by emailing

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy while participating in programs at Hugo House, they will continue to require face masks and proof of vaccination or a negative test for attendance of all in-person classes or events through May 31, 2022. Read more about Hugo House COVID policies here.

As with any Clarion West program, by participating in this class, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct and the Clarion West Harassment Policy.

About the Instructor: 

Hugo, Aurora and British Fantasy Award Award winner Elsa Sjunneson writes and edits speculative fiction and non-fiction. She has been a finalist for the Best Fan Writer and Best Semiprozine Hugo Awards, a winner of the D. Franklin Defying Doomsday Award, and a finalist for the Best Game Writing Nebula Award. 

Her fiction work has appeared in magazines such as Uncanny and Fireside, and as part of the team behind Serial Box’s exclusive: Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire. She’s worked on game design products such as Changeling, Wraith, The Fate Accessibility Toolkit and Dead Scare.  She is most well known for her non-fiction which has appeared at CNN,,  The Boston Globe and other venues.  

Her debut memoir Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism released from Tiller Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) October 2021.

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