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The Seventh Week features a roundup of news from within the Clarion West community. It features interviews with instructors, former students, and volunteers; reports from staff and board members; and articles on the world of creative writing.

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Current Issue: Spring 2017
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John Chu: Improvising Statues
Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)

Workshop Update: Plots and Plans
by Neile Graham (CW ’96), Huw Evans (CW ’12), and Katie Sparrow (CW ’05)

From the Executive Director
by Marnee Chua

If the Write-a-thon had a Write-a-thon Page
by Vicki Saunders (CW ’09)

Dancing in Trinidad
by Yang-Yang Wang (CW ’14)

Extracts from Vonda N. McIntyre’s Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
by Vonda N. McIntyre

You can also download our Fall 2017 Workshop Report.

Previous issues

Fall 2016 Workshop Report

Spring 2016: Elizabeth Bear: The Real, Live Bear Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Workshop Report: Quietly Busy Bees by Neile Graham (CW ’96) and Huw Evans (CW ’12); Forging New and Diverse Voices by Caroline Bobanick, Executive Director and much more…

Fall 2015 Workshop Report

Spring 2015Cat Rambo: Most Awesomely Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Workshop Report: Ready for Inspiration by Neile Graham (CW ’96), and Huw Evans (CW ’12); How to Con Like a Pro by Cynthia Ward (CW ’92) and much more…

Spring 2014Eileen Gunn: Stubborn and Tightly Stacked Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Eventful Horizon: Our First Workshop Report by Neile Graham (CW ’96) and Huw Evans (CW 12); Rolling with the Punches by Mark Bukovec, (CW ’06) and much more…

Fall 2013: Eugene Myers: Building on the Work of Others by Kelley Eskridge; Clarion West’s 30th Anniversary Workshop by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Workshop Director and much more…

Spring 2013: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Photo Essay by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Workshop Director; Looking Backward and Forward by Leslie Howle (CW ’85); and much more…

Fall 2012: Clarion West Founding Mothers Round Robin conducted by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Writers and Tigers and Sharks by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Workshop Director; and much more….

Spring 2012: Rachel Swirsky: Communities of Choice Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Living with Louise by Arinn Dembo (CW ’90); Heroes and Stories by Leslie Howle (CW ’85); and much more….

Fall 2011: Hiromi Goto: Interrupting Expectations Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); How to Build a Good Author Website by Patrick Samphire(CW ’01); Going the Distance by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Workshop Director; and much more….

Spring 2011: Andrea Hairston: Making Meaning and Finding Patterns Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); A Day in the Life of a Video Game Writer, Part Two by Diana Sherman (CW ’02); Springing Ahead and Looking Back by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), Senior Workshop Administrator; and much more….

Fall 2010: Minister Faust: Writing is not a performance art Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); A Day in the Life of a Video Game Writer, Part One by Diana Sherman (CW ’02); Celebrating Old and New Traditions by Leslie Howle (CW ’85) and much more….

Spring 2010: Kij Johnson: A Million Suppositions, or Turtles All the Way Down Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); From the Chair by Kelley Eskridge; 2010 Musings by Leslie Howle (CW ’85), and much more….