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…

Writing Trauma, part 2

During our 2021 Write-a-thon, we spoke with three writers who are also a chaplain, an ICU nurse, and a doctor of psychiatry, to hear their insights on the topic of mental health for writers–as well as writing about mental health. That panel is recorded on YouTube here: Mental Health for Writers. The time went so quickly…

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…

Recommended Reading from Hispanic & Latinx Writers

As we reach the close of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, we’ve put together the following list of recommended reading by authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror who are also of Hispanic and Latinx descent. We recognize that the United States’ Hispanic Heritage Month has a history of exclusion and misrepresentation of the Spanish-speaking community,…

Writing Trauma, part 1

Imposter syndrome. Doomscrolling. Adult attention deficit disorder. These are just a few of the mental and emotional experiences that make our stories feel like failures and rob us of the joy of our craft. So how do we deal with them? During our 2021 Write-a-thon, we spoke with three writers who are also a chaplain,…

Announcing the Instructors for Clarion West’s 2022 In-Person Summer Workshop

Clarion West is thrilled to announce our plan to return to an in-person workshop for 2022! With excitement, we announce the instructors for our 2022 Six-Week Summer Workshop: Week 1 – Susan Palwick Week 2 – P. Djèlí Clark Week 3 – Fonda Lee Week 4 – Tobias S. Buckell Week 5 – Bill Campbell Week 6 – Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane…

Week 5 Write-a-thon Partner: Two Hour Transport!

We hope you’re enjoying Week 5 of our annual Write-a-thon. Sheree Renée Thomas, a Clarion West alumna herself, is teaching the six-week workshop participants. We all just heard that her collection NINE BAR BLUES is up for a World Fantasy Award, alongside several other Clarion West alumni and instructors!  We’ve moved our two-session workshop,  How…

Announcing our Week 4 Write-a-thon partner, FIYAHCON

It’s Week 4 of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, and we’re proud to partner with FIYAHCON!  On Monday, workshop administrator Rashida J. Smith moderated the live panel, Uncovering Cover Art, which was recorded and is now viewable at this link. We’re running writing and critique workshops for teens, led by K. Tempest Bradford, Alethea Kontis, and…

Partnering with Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Do you know about SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America? SFWA not only hosts the Nebula Awards and conference, they also provide grants to organizations and support to writers in our genres, including mentorships and guidance through the publishing process. SFWA officers and leaders have included several Clarion West graduates and instructors…

Free Virtual Panels and Readings for the Write-a-thon!

Free Virtual Panels and Readings for the Write-a-thon!

Every year, Clarion West brings the Write-a-thon to our global community. As we host our usual summer six-week events online for the second year in a row, the global community has once again shown up, signed up, and turned out for what will certainly be our biggest Write-a-thon ever! Thanks for a fantastic first week! Here’s…

Remembering Bob Brown

Remembering Bob Brown

“I’m always happiest when I’m killing things.”  That’s how Bob Brown captioned the accompanying photo when he gave it to me. I don’t think this self-appraisal of his was completely accurate.  At least, it wasn’t just killing things—fish, to be specific—that made him happy.  Bob adored fishing, yes, and he went on at least two…