As part of its mission to bring writers and readers of speculative fiction together, Clarion West holds a number of events throughout the year.

Reading Series

Each week during the summer workshop, Clarion West presents one of its six instructors reading their best new work which could include selections from recently published books, unpublished stories, or novels-in-progress. The featured reader also answers questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics.

The fun continues throughout the year as we invite special guests, instructors, and spec fic luminaries to give talks or readings at various Seattle locations.

Summer Write-a-thon

The Write-a-thon is Clarion West’s six-week-long annual online fundraiser. Participants set public writing goals on their personal Write-a-thon page, then work toward them. Friends and family can pledge donations in support. It’s like a walkathon, but with writing.

Author Interviews

From time to time, Clarion West brings together authors and the public for the opportunity to interview prominent writers in both intimate and public settings. When possible, Clarion West teams up with other organizations to make this happen.

Last July, Clarion West teamed up with the Wing Luke Museum to interview Yoon Ha Lee.

Steven Barnes, Nisi Shawl, and Matt Ruff


2017 Clarion West Author Interview


Event poster for author interview






Our next author interview: Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

November 17, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
University Book Store 
4326 University Way

Clarion West presents an evening with authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford, who will interview each other about their writing careers, motivations for creating and teaching their Writing the Other workshops, and other current obsessions. No tickets necessary.

Open Mic Events

In 2018, Clarion West held it’s first open mic event at Naked City Brewing. The event included an hour of open mic operated by Two Hour Transport, a raffle of collectible SF/F items, and special guest readers Randy Henderson, Seanan McGuire, Evan Peterson, and E. Lily Yu. 

This year, we’re holding our open mic event at Capitol Cider, on Wednesday, October 16.