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Announcing the Clarion West Class of 2020

We are honored and excited to present the Clarion West Six-Week Summer Workshop Class of 2020. These 18 writers will study with Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Tina Connolly, Caroline Yoachim, Nalo Hopkinson, Neil Clarke, and Ted Chiang this summer. Please welcome them into our community. This is an exceptional year to be navigating the six-week workshop, and we can’t wait to see how this group shapes their experience. Congratulations, class!

Fawaz Al-Matrouk (San Francisco, California, USA)

Sam Davis (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Naomi Day (Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)

Varsha Dinesh (Kerala, India)

Louis Evans (New York, USA)

Tania Fordwalker (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

Amit Gupta (Nomadic)

Steph Kwiatkowski (Naperville, Illinois, USA)

P H Lee (USA)

Sloane Leong (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Serena W. Lin (Oakland/Cupertino, California, USA)

Alex Payne (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Sydney Rossman-Reich (Orlando, Florida, USA)

Allison Thai (Houston, Texas, USA)

Nestor Walters (Thessaloniki, Greece/Seattle, WA, USA)

Yilin Wang (Sichuan, China/Vancouver, Canada)

Joule Zelman (Seattle, Washington, by way of New Jersey, USA)

teri.zin (Jersey City, USA, by way of Trinidad)

Our highest priorities are the safety and well-being of our students, instructors, staff, and our entire community. We are passionate about helping our community of writers. More announcements regarding our summer contingencies are coming soon.

Take an Online Workshop with JY Yang!

Clarion West is proud to present our next online workshop, Advanced Short Stories and Critique with JY Yang (CW ’13)!

April 10-May 10, 2020. Attend from anywhere in the world, regardless of time zone! Register here.

Headshot of author and workshop instructor JY Yang

Things to know before registering: Limited to 8 students, register as early as you can. This is an advanced workshop for students with experience using the Milford style peer-critique and who have attended other intensive writing workshops, such as the Clarion or Clarion West six-week workshop.

About the class:

The workshop will run from Friday, April 10, 2020, to Sunday, May 10, 2020, conducted entirely online. Two stories will be submitted each week, starting on Friday, April 10. The class will have from each Friday to the following Thursday to read each set of stories. Online forum-style critiquing will take place between Thursday and Sunday, with guidance from the instructor.

Each student will receive an individual 30-minute one-on-one session with the instructor following their group critique, scheduled either during the workshop or the week following. The instructor will work closely with a small group of students to facilitate workshop and critique of a completed story draft of 7,500 words or fewer.

Registration is limited and reserved for advanced students who have attended other intensive writing workshops, such as the Clarion or Clarion West six-week workshops. The class fee is $250.

About the instructor:

JY Yang (they/them), also known as Neon Yang, is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Black Tides of Heaven, The Red Threads of Fortune, The Descent of Monsters, The Ascent to Godhood). Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Lambda awards. A Clarion West alum, they graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing and currently live in Singapore.

Join us from anywhere in the world for this exciting new workshop series!

FAQs

Will I need to purchase any software?

No. Students must be able to use Zoom and WordPress and have a reliable Internet connection, but the class does not include any additional costs.

What is your refund policy?

Full refunds will only be offered if another student is able to take the class in your stead. As this class has limited seats, please only register if you are certain you will be able to attend and can submit a complete story draft for critique by April 10.

Postponed: Work for Clarion West: Development and Outreach Coordinator

The Development and Outreach Coordinator is a part-time development position responsible for the care and coordination of key relationships including, but not limited to our volunteers, grantors, and donors. This position involves specific administrative tasks, development and implementation of annual giving strategies, and working closely with the Executive Director (ED) and Art & Communications Director on the overall development and outreach plan for Clarion West.

Although there are fine science fiction and fantasy writers of all ethnicities, races, and genders, historically the field has reflected the same prejudices found in the culture around it, leading to proportionately fewer successful women and LGBTQIA+ writers, writers of color, and writers from marginalized backgrounds. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the tracking and submission of grant proposals, help identify new grant opportunities, manage grant reporting.
  • Provide timely, effective professional support to the Executive Director related to donor development and the Art & Communications Director related to outreach.
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and implement an annual plan for donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Record stewardship interactions in Salesforce (donor CRM management system) and create reports to show activity.
  • Coordination and implementation of 2-3 direct mail/donor appeal requests annually, including writing, design, scope and mail/email.
  • Coordinate the website and mailing package branding, language, and solicitation calendar for scholarships, the Women in SF Giving Circle, Instructorships, Monthly Sustainers, and Legacy Giving.
  • Support the implementation of annual donor recognition programs.
  • Support various board members with donor engagement and attend and support the board Development Committee. 
  • Maintain event sponsor relationships and help identify and build new ones. 
  • Support outreach and donor events throughout the year, including planning and implementation. 
  • Assist in recruiting, identifying, and training event and outreach volunteers.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as needed.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • 2-3 years of fundraising experienced preferred.
  • Strong record keeping skills and basic writing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Salesforce or CRM proficiency preferred. 
  • Prefer a strong interest in speculative fiction.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States, based in Seattle preferred.
  • Understands and accepts other points of view and recognizes the value of different approaches.

Physical Factors/Working Conditions

  • This is a part-time, remote position. Availability for in-person meetings a must. 
  • Occasional use of personal vehicle.
  • Light lifting of supplies (25-30 lbs) preferred, not required. 
  • Involves non-regular hours for committee meetings and special events, especially during the summer and fall. 

Application Process

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a letter of interest outlining your qualifications for the position and a resume to suzannet@clarionwest.org. Please include your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments to your email and list the position title in the subject line of the email.

Compensation and Benefits

This position is a 20 hour per week, hourly position. Compensation range is $24,000-$26,880 annually and is dependent on qualifications and experience. Benefit package includes: medical, paid holidays, sick leave and paid time off.

Closing Date
Open until filled

Equal Opportunity 

Clarion West is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or other non-related work factor as protected by law.

Blue Corn Creations Sponsors Scholarship for Native American Writers

With a gift of $1,000, Blue Corn Creations, a publishing firm undertaking a variety of Native American-themed projects, has launched a scholarship for writers of Native American descent at the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

“We’re excited about developing the next generation of Native superhero, science fiction, and action/adventure stories,” said Rob Schmidt, owner of Blue Corn Creations. “To do that, we also need to develop the next generation of Native writers. This scholarship will help accomplish that.”

Clarion West has helped emerging writers reach for their dreams of professional careers in speculative fiction since 1971. Every summer, aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six-week intensive whose instructors include the best and brightest in the genre. Attendees benefit from the opportunity to hone their craft with the guidance of successful writers.

“Historically the field has reflected the same prejudices found in the culture around it, leading to proportionately fewer successful writers of color,” according to Clarion West’s vision statement. That’s why the Blue Corn Creations scholarship is a great fit with Clarion West’s mission, said Schmidt. “With it the workshop can serve another group with untapped potential: Native Americans.”

The Blue Corn Creations Scholarship for students of Native descent will help cover tuition, fees, and lodging for one student in 2020. The winner will be awarded in a blind judging to those indicating an interest on the application form. 

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Applications for Clarion West’s 2020 session begin December 1, 2019, and close March 1, 2020. The 2020 instructors are Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Tina Connolly, Caroline Yoachim, Nalo Hopkinson, Neil Clarke, and Ted Chiang.

For further details, query Clarion West at info@clarionwest.org. To learn more about the workshop, visit https://www.clarionwest.org/workshops/summer/.

Blue Corn Creations and Clarion West encourage others to contribute to the scholarship fund. The goal is to establish a permanent full scholarship for students of Native American descent.

If you’d like to contribute, please 1) make a note with your online donation, 2) email us at director@clarionwest.org, or 3) send a note designating your gift to the Blue Corn Creations Scholarship to: Clarion West at P.O. Box 31264, Seattle, WA 98103-1264.

Announcing Clarion West Online Workshops

Clarion West is excited to introduce online workshops for our alumni and the broader speculative fiction community. We’re committed to offering further education to our alums and bolstering social and professional ties far and wide. Our aim is to create a series of workshops on diverse topics like those of our One-Day Workshops located in Seattle as well as longer-running courses that will provide opportunities for ongoing critiquing relationships.

Our pilot workshop this fall will take place over the course of a day on November 10 and offer students the opportunity to craft speculative worlds with N. K. Jemisin. In a lecture format, a group of students will meet digitally for a two-and-a-half-hour class and work with Jemisin to develop a world in which they can home their stories.

This course on November 10 is our first foray into online workshops. We hope to offer more online programming in 2020. If you are interested in being the first to know about our future online offerings, please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org.

We’ll be planning more online workshops open to the broader community, as well as workshops for alumni to develop extended critique groups under the guidance of professional authors. If you are a Clarion West Six-Week Workshop alumnus, you can sign up for Worldbuilding: Macro to Micro with N. K. Jemisin here.

You can learn more about our on-site One-Day Workshops here.

Literary Legacy

We are honored to announce that Clarion West is the recipient of the literary assets of Vonda N. McIntyre, who wished that the organization manage her literary copyrights in perpetuity.

Looking for Vonda’s stories?

Many of Vonda’s digital works are on sale at Book View Cafe.

We are pleased to announce that a new print publication of The Exile Waiting will be released October 21, 2019 through Handheld Press. This new edition features beautiful new cover artwork by Jane Cornwell, which Vonda saw and approved of shortly before her death in early 2019.

Also included, a bonus short story! McIntyre’s forgotten origins story ‘Cages’ was first published in 1972 and was rediscovered during the preparation of this edition.

Contact Information

Questions relating to the literary trust of Vonda N. McIntyre can be sent to:

Janna Silverstein: contractmanager@clarionwest.org or call Clarion West at (206) 322-9083.

Announcing Clarion West Weekend Workshops

Since 2011, Clarion West has offered year-round One-Day Workshops in addition to our marquee Summer Workshop. These One-Day Workshops have focused on specific aspects of the writing craft, drawing world-class instructors to Seattle for day-long intensive programs.

Following in those illustrious footsteps, we are thrilled to announce a new type of Clarion West experience: our very first Weekend Workshop, beginning Fall 2019.

In our first Weekend Workshop, Writing the Other, instructors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will lead students through avoiding common stereotypes and tropes in characterization, how to describe people from different backgrounds, building inclusive worlds, research, and more.

Our Weekend Workshops will continue to feature highly respected authors, who will provide thorough instruction in an area of their expertise. Like our One-Day Workshops, they will offer new writers opportunities to hone their craft and experienced authors a new lens through which to examine their work. The weekend-long  format (Saturday and Sunday) will provide greater value to out-of-town visitors, and allow greater flexibility and depth of instruction. They will incorporate a social aspect as well — in the form of Saturday night readings, socials and other events, offering students the chance to connect with the vibrant Seattle speculative fiction scene and network with others who share their passions.

Find out about our first Weekend Workshop here.
Find out about all our upcoming One-Day and Weekend Workshops here.

The 2019 Worldbuilder Scholarship

George R. R. Martin, Tim Chawaga

The 2019 Worldbuilder Scholarship to attend Clarion West Writers Workshop has been awarded to Tim Chawaga of Brooklyn, New York.

The Worldbuilder Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and lodging for one student each year, and is funded by George R. R. Martin and blind-judged by Martin’s team. The scholarship is awarded to a student with strong worldbuilding skills. Martin says: “Every great story requires interesting characters, an engrossing plot, evocative prose, an important theme… but epic fantasy also requires a memorable setting. A ‘secondary universe,’ as J.R.R. Tolkien termed it, a world both like and unlike our own, with its own rich history and geography and customs, its own beauties and terrors.”

Tim Chawaga writes speculative fiction in Brooklyn. His work has most recently been published in Interzone, and he has a degree in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Read more about George R.R. Martin’s Worldbuilder Scholarship here.

The 2019 Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund

Counterclockwise from top: Karen and Poul Anderson; Astrid and Greg Bear; Eugenia Triantafyllou

The 2019 Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund has been awarded to Eugenia Triantafyllou from Greece.

The travel fund, supported by Astrid and Greg Bear, honors Poul and Karen Anderson, the parents of Astrid Bear, and their love of travel and meeting people in the worldwide science fiction and fantasy community.

Science fiction and fantasy writer Poul Anderson’s many awards include seven Hugo and three Nebula awards, and SFWA’s Grand Master Award. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000. Karen Anderson was also a science fiction and fantasy writer of multiple works, and wrote the first published science fiction haiku in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in July 1962.

Eugenia Triantafyllou is a Greek author and artist. She writes ghost stories. She currently lives in North Sweden with a boy and a dog. Her short fiction has appeared in Apex, Strange Horizons, Black Static, Liminal Stories and other venues. Find her on Twitter @foxesandroses or at https://eugeniatriantafyllou.com/.

Announcing the Clarion West Summer Workshop Instructors for 2020

Clarion West is excited to announce the instructors for our 2020 Six-Week Summer Workshop:

Week 1 – Andy Duncan
Week 2 – Eileen Gunn
Week 3 – Tina Connolly & Caroline M. Yoachim
Week 4 – Nalo Hopkinson
Week 5 – Neil Clarke
Week 6 – Ted Chiang

The Clarion West 2020 Six-Week Summer Workshop will take place from June 21 – July 31, 2020 in Seattle’s University District.

Founded in 1971, Clarion West holds a six-week workshop each summer geared toward helping writers of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) at the beginnings of their professional careers. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering a unique perspective on the field. Applicants and students come from everywhere in the world, and graduates frequently go on to professional success.

Read more about our 2020 instructors on the Summer Workshop page.

Applications for the 2020 Summer Workshop open in December 2019. All applicants are eligible for scholarships and/or financial aid.