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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…

Week One In Review

In the Six-Week Workshop, our Week One instructor, Usman T. Malik, continued the proud tradition of Clarion West students coming full circle. He returned to the six-week fold with insight sharpened by his experience in the 2013 cohort. From Day One, he offered the cohort invaluable advice for thriving over the next six weeks, from…

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2024 Featured Artist

Meet Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor Each year, Clarion West works with a new artist to create an image that is used across the Write-a-thon, on our website, and for the Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy reading series poster. The poster illustration is custom designed by the artist with their personal interpretation of speculative fiction. In…

Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy 2024
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Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy 2024

Streaming Link Available | 7:00 PM | Open to the Public* 7/23 $5 ticket minimum at Town Hall Seattle Accessibility: All readings are held in ADA-accessible venues. Closed captioning is automatically available in Zoom. Contact events@clarionwest.org at least seven days before the event to request special accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter or live captioner. Usman…

The Roots and Future of Feminist Science Fiction
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The Roots and Future of Feminist Science Fiction

From Vonda N. McIntyre to Today A Free Virtual Panel Saturday, June 8 at 11 am PST Four award-winning authors discuss the roots and future of feminist science fiction, with a special focus on Clarion West founder Vonda N. McIntyre and other major influences on the genre.  About the Event Vonda N. McIntyre contributed extensively…

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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2024!

The Clarion West staff and community are incredibly pleased to welcome a new class of 18 students to Seattle this summer! This year’s students hail from Thailand, Zimbabwe, Colombia, India, Nigeria, Canada, and various regions of Turtle Island/the USA. They will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with our phenomenal 2024 instructor lineup, which includes…

Steamy in Seattle 2024
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Steamy in Seattle 2024

 A Fantasy Romance Tea Party Meet authors L. Penelope and Melissa Marr as they discuss the fantasy romance genre, their own fantasy worlds, and what writing romance has taught them! Grab a steaming cup of tea provided by Friday Afternoon Tea and some delicious treats prepared by Arista Catering. No need to glamour your fairy…

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The Salam Award and the Malik Family Sponsor Scholarships for Pakistani and Palestinian Students

We are pleased to announce that The Salam Award and Clarion West Week One Instructor Usman T. Malik (CW ‘14) have offered two new scholarships for 2024 Students.  The Salam Award Scholarship: For the year 2024, The Salam Award has agreed to sponsor a student of Pakistani origin, whether a Pakistani resident of any ethnicity,…

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In Memory of Howard Waldrop

By Eileen Gunn Howard Waldrop (September 15, 1946–January 14, 2024) was a subgenre of fiction all by himself. In the 1990s, he was a stalwart Clarion West instructor—so stalwart, in fact, that the workshop selection process included a Waldrop Advisory: he shouldn’t be scheduled for the beginning weeks of the workshop, because he dazzled the…