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…

Clarion West Workshop Needs New Home

Clarion West has a long history of partnering with universities and organizations in the Seattle area to house the Six-Week Workshop. As we’ve honed in on what our students need for their workshop experience and focused on affordability, equity, and accessibility, the number of potential partners has narrowed. Even before the pandemic, we couldn’t secure…

Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx/e authors of speculative fiction

As we reach the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to take the opportunity to lift up authors from our community of Hispanic and/or Latinx/e descent across the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and beyond. Our Recommended Reading is a good place to start, but by no means a comprehensive list! We…

Congratulations to the 2022 Octavia E. Butler and Worldbuilder Scholars!

This year, we doubled up on scholars, as students accepted in 2020 and in 2022 were recognized for these awards. Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Recipients This summer, the Carl Brandon Society generously donated two full scholarships to Clarion West students. Naomi Day and Wen-yi Lee were each recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial…

Celebrating Six Weeks of Write-a-thon, Workshop, and Readings

We made it! The six weeks of Clarion West’s summer programming conclude today, and we couldn’t be more impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work we’ve seen throughout that time. It’s time for a big round of applause and thank yous to everyone who made it happen! Write-a-thon To our participants, we say a deep…

Announcing Clarion West’s 2023 Six-Week Summer Workshop Instructors

We are thrilled to announce our instructors for the upcoming 2023 Six-Week Summer Workshop! Week 1 – Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum Week 2 – Cat Rambo Week 3 – Samit Basu Week 4 – Karen Lord Week 5 – Arley Sorg Week 6 – N. K. Jemisin The Clarion West 2023 Six-Week Summer…

Week 5 Write-a-thon Partner: Take This!

We’re already down to our second-to-last week of Write-a-thon, but we’re still going strong! Even if you haven’t joined in yet, you can always sign up for the fun here. This week we’re partnering with Take This, an innovative nonprofit organization supporting mental health within gaming communities. Here’s an interview with Executive Director Eve Crevoshay…

Week 4 Write-a-thon Partner: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association!

We’re halfway through the summer’s Write-a-thon activities, and we are thrilled and grateful to hear from participants who have been inspired and motivated by our classes, sprints, and Discord community. It’s never too late to join — sign up here. This week, we’ve got an excellent new line-up of activities put together by our Week…