Clarion West occasionally has part-time job opportunities open. If you’re in the greater Seattle area and you might be a match for an open position, we’d love to hear from you!

About Clarion West

Clarion West’s mission is to provide a high-quality educational opportunity for writers of speculative fiction at the start of their careers. Our flagship program is the summer six-week residential workshop in which eighteen writers come together to learn from established writers and editors who offer critical feedback on writing, insight into publishing, and career advice. In conjunction with the annual workshop, we hold a reading series showcasing the work of our instructors, along with other events bringing together writers and readers of speculative fiction. During the fall and spring, CW holds one-day workshops in Seattle that are open to the community.

Our intensive workshop experience has been held in Seattle, Washington for over thirty years, and has produced some of science fiction and fantasy’s renowned writers and editors. Our graduates have received every major form of recognition in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Clarion West is governed by a board of directors that includes alumni and community members, and has eight part-time staff members and two contractors. Our annual budget is roughly $180,000.

Open Positions

Communications Specialist

Do you have writing and marketing chops, and want to help Clarion West continue to be one of the most awesome workshops in the known universe? The Clarion West Writers Workshop is seeking an independent contractor to manage communications for the organization, including writing, editing, marketing, social media management, and website management. This is a part time position.

Candidates should have proven experience with writing and editing marketing material, social media, and some project management. Experience with WordPress, planning social media campaigns, email marketing, and maintaining a content calendar are pluses. Experience using or administrating Salesforce (or an eagerness to learn) is also desired. The successful candidate will be curious, creative, and calm under pressure.

Planned annual projects include: the monthly Alumni News; Workshop Report; eblasts; social media posts; all workshop and class descriptions; display ads; and general copy writing, editing, and proofing as needed. The goals of the communications program are to increase awareness about the Clarion West Writers Workshop, to reach underserved communities that may not be represented in traditional writing classes, to reach a national and international audience of writers and fans, and to provide support for the Clarion West staff and alumni through marketing efforts and strong communications skills.

This contract will be for one year with the option to renew. To apply, send a letter of interest to with an attached resume. Clarion West and Clarion alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.