Clarion West’s semiannual newsletter for graduates, friends, and supporters

The Seventh Week features a roundup of news from within the Clarion West community. You’ll find 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 2020*

*Some information such as dates and locations of events may have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check our website to find the most up-to-date information on our upcoming plans.

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Opposites Attract: a Co-Interview on Craft by Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim

The 2020 Write-a-thon is Coming! by CW Staff

Announcing New Staff by Marnee Chua, Executive Director

As Important as Anyone Else’s Story: An Alumna Interview With Maura McHugh by Nisi Shawl

Online Workshops In Development by Jae Steinbacher, Workshop Coordinator

Inclusive Buildings House Great Writing and Lasting Memories by Marnee Chua

2020 Summer Readings and Interviews by CW Staff

Previous issues

Fall 2019: The Cool Kids Story by Elly Bangs (CW ’17) Clarion West Receives Copyrights and Bequest by CW Staff Summer of ’19 by CW Staff Vonda N. McIntyre Memorial Scholarship
by CW Staff Reflections from the 2019 Six-Week Summer Workshop by Monte Lin (CW ’19)

Spring 2019: Our 2019 Editors Interview Each Other Interview by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan; In Memoriam: Vonda N. McIntyre (1948 – 2019) by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Clarion West… on Reddit!? Highlights from two AMAs by Jeremy Sim, Communications Specialist; Building Bridges: Clarion West at the Wing Luke Museum and Hugo House in 2019 by CW Staff; CW Summer Reads: Publications by our alumni this year by CW Staff and more.

Fall 2018: A Manual for Reading Books / Un Manual para Leer Story by Andrea Chapela (CW ’17); What We Did Last Summer by Jeremy Sim, Communications Specialist; A Farewell to the 2018 Six-Week Summer Workshop by Dennis Staples (CW ’18); In Memoriam: K.C. Ball, Gardner Dozois, Ursula K. Le Guin and Mary Rosenblum by CW Staff and Board; The Women in Speculative Fiction Giving Circle
by Marnee Chua and more.

Spring 2018Indrapramit Das: There for Each Other Interview by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92); Workshop Update: The Workshop’s Busy Season by Neile Graham (CW ’96), Jae Steinbacher (CW ’14), and Huw Evans (CW ’12); Letter from Our Executive Director by Marnee Chua and more.

Fall 2017 Workshop Report

Spring 2017: 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 Our Executive Director by Marnee Chua, Executive Director and much more…

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….