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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!
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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
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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…

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Clarion West Selected As Amazon Literary Partnership 2021 Grant Recipient

Grant to Be Earmarked for Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation in Writing Workshops. Seattle, WA June 3, 2021 — The Amazon Literary Partnership today announced that Clarion West received a grant to support its program and operations. Clarion West is among the list of 80 Amazon Literary Partnership Grant Recipients for…

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Clarion West to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Seattle—Clarion West has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support salaries and administrative costs for expanding online adult and youth writing workshops. This project will bring together the rich history of Clarion West intensive writing workshops with the need to provide low cost and accessible online programming for emerging writers…

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Clarion West Alumni News for April 2021

It’s awards season! In March, we were delighted to congratulate the finalists of the 2021 Nebula Awards. This month, it’s three cheers for the finalists of the 2021 Hugo Awards and FIYAHCON’s Ignyte Awards. We’re especially proud to announce that Clarion West is on the shortlist for the Ignyte Awards’ Ember Award for Unsung Contributions to Genre! We’re in…