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…

Janelle Monáe’s The Memory Librarian brings Sheree Renée Thomas and Alaya Dawn Johnson together with other writers

Groundbreaking music artist, actor, and overall phenomenon Janelle Monáe released the story collection The Memory Librarian this past Tuesday, which expands the Afrofuturistic universe of her much-celebrated Dirty Computer album. Monáe has been on tour with the book and its writers. Town Hall Seattle will feature a conversation between Janelle Monáe and Yohanca Delgado this…

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…

Clarion West Partners with Hugo House for In-Person Workshop in May

***NOTE: This workshop has been postponed from the date listed below. We will update once we have new information. Thanks!*** Essay Writing for Professional Liars Instructor: Elsa SjunnesonDate & Time: May 15 from 12pm-4pm Pacific TimeLocation: Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle Clarion West is thrilled to bring the fabulous Elsa Sjunneson back for our first in-person…

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 —…

Clarion West is Growing, and Here’s the Team that’s Making It Happen

Let us introduce you to Rashida Stephanie Jae Amy María Evan Stefani Erik Elly Suzanne Marnee You’ve heard that Clarion West pivoted sharply in 2020 to provide international access to an inclusive writing community and to world-class writing instructors. We held a total of 112 online writing classes and workshops for 1,500 unique participants, including…

Trivia Night is Back!

Trivia Night is Back!

Think You Know A Lot About Space Ships? Magic Swords? Fantasy Worlds? Video Games? Talking Animals?  Warp Drives?  Alien Invaders?  AI Overlords? …. … .. ? Speculative Fiction Trivia Night is back in 2022! Join us on Sunday, March 20 at 5pm Think you know a lot about speculative fiction? Our quizmaster Seanan McGuire leads the multiverse’s most challenging trivia night of science…