Do you believe that stories are important? Do you want to work with a diverse and passionate team to bring emerging writers to the field of speculative fiction? Do you want to support more writers of color and from traditionally underrepresented communities? Take a look at our open Staff, Teaching, or Volunteer opportunities and see where your expertise can grow Clarion West.

Staff Positions

We do not currently have a position available. Please check back.

Teaching Positions

Thanks for your interest in teaching for Clarion West!

One-Day and Two-Day Workshop Instructors

Clarion West is offering workshops year-round. Our teachers are contracted for individual classes. We are always looking for new workshop instructors and diverse workshop topics. When hiring workshop instructors, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, strength of teaching evaluations, your workshop proposal, and how well it will fit with our current line-up and student interest.

When submitting a workshop proposal, please send the following to

    • A short, 1-3 paragraph, workshop description with title.
    • Your resume and bio.
    • Examples of previous teaching experience.

Clarion West especially encourages applications from Clarion West alumni, writers/teachers of color, and writers/teachers with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences.

Six-Week Workshop Instructors

The Clarion West Writers Workshop is crafted to provide an intensive and worthwhile experience for every participant. We carefully weigh such factors as prior teaching experience, publication history, demonstrated values, recommendations by students and colleagues, and expressed interest in teaching. Ultimately the instructor selection process is a complex series of deliberations conducted in person by a committee composed of staff, past instructors, and alumni of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. We do not publish the details of our instructor selection process, but anyone who wants to provide a recommendation or who feels that they may be well-suited to teaching for us is encouraged to contact our workshop director.

Volunteer Positions

Clarion West is a nonprofit writing workshop with a very small staff. Every summer we seek alumni who can volunteer to help with our many summer events. In addition, we have a number of volunteer roles year-round. Please email us if you are interested in any of the volunteer positions below.


We are looking for someone to help us update and add to our contacts list for sending out the call for applications every November. This is a short-term position that will be primarily updating addresses, names, and looking for other relevant locations to send the Call for Applications. Help us find more writers!

Grant Writer

Clarion West is a growing nonprofit with year-round activity. We are seeking a volunteer grant writer to assist with managing grant proposals, reporting, and deadlines.

Data Entry

Clarion West manages a large database of volunteers, donors, and alumni. We always need help inputting information to keep our records up to date. In addition, we are creating a database to highlight alumni published works. We seek a detail oriented individual who can assist with entering data in Salesforce, WordPress, and Excel.

Video Content Management

Clarion West video tapes all of our interviews and readings. These need to be prepared to go on our Youtube Channel and Closed Caption added for each years’ programming.

Copy Editor

Clarion West is always seeking an extra set of eyes to edit our newsletters and other publications prior to release to the public.

Board Member/Committee Member

The Clarion West Board of Directors is always interested in hearing from individuals who are passionate about the literary arts and speculative fiction to serve on the board of directors or on a board committee. Our committees include fundraising, human resources, and finance, amongst others. Let us know if you are interested and why.