Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2022!

It is with great excitement that we present the Clarion West class of 2022. After an unprecedented two years without an in-person workshop, we are delighted to welcome the incoming students to Seattle this summer.  The incoming class represents the most international cohort of students Clarion West has ever hosted. We are thrilled for voices…

Spring 2022 Update: Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation

“[A less privileged writer] leaves a disempowering workshop and faces the same disempowerment on a larger scale: though they should be in charge of their story, they are again made to listen to other people telling them what their story is or should be. The result is exactly the opposite of finding their voice —…

Congratulations to our 2021 Octavia E. Butler and Worldbuilder Scholars!

Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Recipients This summer, the Carl Brandon Society generously donated two full scholarships to Clarion West students. Lue Palmer of Toronto, Canada, and Shakirah Peterson of Los Angeles, California, were each recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship.  Since 2007, the Carl Brandon Society has donated this scholarship in Octavia’s…

Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation in Writing Workshops

“Inclusion is a form of diversification but it can also be violent. Inviting voices into spaces not built for them or that undermine their messages, lived experiences, and expertise can often work against the well-intentioned goals of inclusion.” Dr. Max Liboiron, Civic Laboratory, August 12, 2019 Summary and Introduction The Clarion West Writers Workshop has been…