The total cost to attend the Clarion West Six-Week Workshop is $4200; this covers tuition, room, and partial board. We strive to keep our tuition low, but the combination of tuition, leave from work, and travel to Seattle can be a substantial barrier for many aspiring writers. Scholarships, both full and partial, can make attendance at Clarion West possible for some our most important voices.

Scholarship Fund

You can donate any amount today to the Clarion West General Scholarship Fund, which provides partial support to students in need:


Name an Annual Scholarship

Would you like to give a full or partial scholarship every year in your name, or to honor a loved one? Clarion West can assist you in setting up a named scholarship. Contact us at to learn more. A full list of our annual scholarships can be found below.

Endow a Scholarship

If you are interested in providing help that will continue supporting students far into the future, consider setting up an endowment fund.Clarion West will use the periodic income from invested funds to provide annual scholarships. To learn more or discuss your options, please contact us directly at

Thank you to our generous 2018 scholarship donors!

In memory of the following honored individuals:

Full and partial scholarships are generously supported by the following:

  • An anonymous Clarion West graduate
  • Clarion West Alumni Fund
  • Clarion West General Scholarship Fund
  • The Class of 2013 Anniversary Scholarship
  • Norwescon
  • SFWA
  • New! The Travel Assistance Fund

In addition, the following full and partial scholarships are available to select students:

  • The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition and housing, is awarded by the Carl Brandon Society to a single student of color.
  • The Worldbuilder Scholarship, which covers tuition and housing, is awarded by George R. R. Martin to a single student who demonstrates interest and skill at fantasy worldbuilding.
  • Partial assistance from the Donald A. and Elsie B. Wollheim Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded by the New York Science Fiction Society/The Lunarians, Inc. to students hailing from the New York metropolitan area.

Assistance is available for students with special physical needs thanks to ReadAssist.