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Trivia Night Is Coming!

Calling all ensigns, pirates, dungeon crawlers, and apprentice witches!

Think you have what it takes to outwit the competition? Clarion West is bringing you our second annual Speculative Fiction Trivia Night–now fully online! Support our accessible and low-cost writing workshops by signing up, forming a team or joining one at random, and choosing your ship captain. This year’s team captains include:

Fleet Commander and Quizmaster Curtis C. Chen (captain of the Waypoint Kangaroo)

Seanan McGuire (captain of the Middlegame Mantis)

Greg and Astrid Bear (co-captains of the Darwin’s Loom)

Crystal Connor (captain of the Darkness)

Andy Duncan (captain of the Beluthahatchie)

Julia Rios (captain of the Escape)

Cat Rambo (captain of the Kittywumpus)

Brooks Peck (captain of the Curator)

and more recruits on the way!

Join us on Saturday, October 17th at 6pm PDT for the toughest trivia night in the galaxy! Also featuring:

Video questions from celebrity guests!

Prizes “imported” from the farthest reaches of the cosmos!

Whatever pan-galactic gargle blasters you want to drink at your console!

Need something to look forward to? Join a team:

$5 Join any team—we’ll place you on a team of like-minded speculative fiction fans (bragging rights went to one of these teams last year!).

$15 Join a team with one of our celebrity team captains!

$45 Bring your own team. Up to a maximum of 12 players. Have all your geekiest friends in one place for a chance to earn your super powers.

Teams will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Featuring video clues and questions from celebrity guests! This annual event will be held online; no googling the answers, or you’ll be shown to the airlock.

By participating in any Clarion West activity, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines.

For more information, check out the event page here:

Speculative Fiction Trivia Night

 

BIPOC Stories Matter!

Clarion West seeks to foster a global community of writers and readers. To do so, Clarion West must actively support and make room for a great deal more diversity in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their related works. Our anti-racist efforts include partnering with organizations like Writing the Other, FIYAHCON, and Voodoonauts and focusing on steadily integrating more instructors, editors, and leaders who are BIPOC–Black, Indigenous, and People Of Colo(u)r.

Creating opportunities can only work when people know these opportunities are available. On this page, you’ll find a list of our fall 2020 programming that is centered on and/or led by the BIPOC members of the genre-writing community. Scholarships are available in all workshops for BIPOC writers and other marginalized groups. To apply for a scholarship, please contact workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement of your interest and need.

Community members, allies, and angels can sponsor scholarships and tickets for BIPOC writers at this link. Let us know that you’re donating to sponsor scholarships!

Fall Programming Highlights (updates TBA):

Wednesday, Sept 23 at 1:00 PM PDT: Building Black Inclusive Worlds
A collaboration with FIYAHCON, featuring L. D. Lewis, Danny Lore, Eden Royce, Nia/N. E. Davenport, and Brent C. Lambert
Free panel presentation (donations accepted to cover panelist fees and free public livestream)
Forge the way forward from simple tokenism and appropriation into truly inclusive stories that recognize that Black identities, opinions, and experiences are widely varied.

Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 PM PDT: Working with Your Inner Editor with Chimedum Ohaegbu
90 Minute Workshop (Seats available, scholarship seats filled.)

Sunday, October 11 at 8:00 PM PDT: Stealing Bones with Usman Malik
90 Minute Workshop (Sold out, scholarship seats filled.)

Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 PM PDT : Make it Real, Make it Scary with Alyssa Wong
90 Minute Workshop (Sold out, scholarship seats filled.)

Saturday, October 24 at 3:00 PM PDT: Hearts, Minds, and Guts: Making Horror Political with Nadia Bulkin (60 Minute Workshop)

Sunday, October 25 at 12:00 PM PDT: Creating Resonant Characters Using Jungian Psychology with Whitney “Strix” Beltrán. (60 Minute Workshop)

Monday, October 26 at 5:00 PM PDT : Finding Your Target Audience with Crystal Connor (Two Hour Workshop)

Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 PM PDT : Writing Horror for Children with Crystal Connor (Two Hour Workshop)

Multiple dates beginning November 2 at 5:30 AM PST: NaNoWriMo: Pace Yourself! Timed Sprints hosted by Rashida J. Smith (FREE Two Hour Online Writers’ Session)

Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 PM PST : Close Reading (and Dabbling in) Comics with Rachelle Cruz (Two Hour Workshop)

Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 AM PST : Beginnings that Grab with Julia Rios (Two Hour Workshop)

Sunday, November 8 at 10:00 AM PST : Endings that Land with Julia Rios (Two Hour Workshop)

Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 AM PST : Interactive Fiction with E. Lily Yu (One Day Workshop)

Saturday, November 14 at 12:00 PM PST : Fix It, Jesus! With LP Kindred (Two Hour Workshop)

Sunday, November 15 at 12:00 PM PDT: Intro to Freelance Video Game Writing with Whitney “Strix” Beltrán. (60 Minute Workshop)

Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 PM PST : Mind Mapping the Narrative with Karen Lord (Two Hour Workshop, class full. Scholarships for BIPOC writers still available!)

Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22 : Writing the Other Weekend Intensive: Quick & Clean with Nisi Shawl and Tempest Bradford

Sunday, November 29 at 10:00 AM PST : Negritude in the 6th Dimension: An Afrofuturist Craft Excursion (3 Hour Workshop/Panel Hybrid)

Please consider sponsoring a BIPOC author by purchasing a ticket at the “Sponsor a BIPOC writer’s voyage” level.

Scholarships Available for BIPOC+ Writers!

Did you know? We offer a limited number of full scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and need. Please include the name of the class to which you would like to apply the scholarship.

As of this post, our current fall classes include the following:

Working with Your Inner Editor with Chimedum Ohaegbu

Taxes for Writers and Contracts for Writers with Curtis C. Chen

The Culinary Speculative (Writing about Food and Cooking in SFF) with Nibedita Sen

Make it Real, Make it Scary with Alyssa Wong

Stealing Bones with Usman Malik & Turtles All the Way Down with Bryan Camp (both concerning the use of myth and fairy tale for writing stories across genres)

If you’d like to contribute to these scholarships, please donate here.

Thank You For A Remarkable Write-a-thon!

That’s a wrap! We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Write-a-thon: every writer, every donor, every instructor, every reader, every audience member.

You make Clarion West possible. In a harrowing year that feels like science fiction, you all joined us as we launched a hugely ambitious experiment to go fully online with our classes, writing sprints, and live events. We set a new record as 542 individual writers participated, with nearly 250 active regulars bonding and sharing writing on our Slack channel. We are so proud and grateful!

In all, we raised over $26,000, surpassing our goal and ensuring we can continue to bring the Clarion West resources and experience to the world. Going online with so many classes, most of them free, was a huge investment. We can say without doubt that this investment has paid off!

If you missed any of our readings or craft talks, check out our YouTube channel for playlists set up by board director Yang Yang Wang. The readings include ASL interpretation care of the Seattle Public Library:

Instructor readings, editor’s round table, and open mic night

Craft talks

In imagination we trust,

Evan J. Peterson (all pronouns)
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
Clarion West (class of 2015)

For Juneteenth: Recommended Readings by Black Authors

Black Stories Matter

What follows is the beginning of a living document listing the Clarion West community’s recommended reading by Black and African American authors. These authors are our alumni, instructors, staff, friends, and heroes, and they include writers of Clarion San Diego as well.

While we wish to keep this list focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror, we recognize that these categories have been historically defined by white Western publishers and others who profit from writers’ work. Thus, there is room to include work beyond a rigid, postcolonial, capitalist definition of speculative fiction and SF/F/H.

This list is by no means comprehensive; please comment below with your suggestions to add to this guide.

CW Graduates:

Celeste Rita Baker (19)

Back, Belly and Side (Aqueduct Press, 2015)

De Motherjumpers” in Strange Horizons

Glass Bottle Dancer” in Lightspeed

Woody Dismukes (18)

The Way the Cowries Fall (Fall 2020)

Zombie of Palmares” in FIYAH: Magazine of Black Speculative Literature, April 2020

Rafeeat Aliyu (18)

“58 Rules to Ensure Your Husband Loves You Forever,” Nightmare, 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

Gabriel Teodros (16)

“Lalibela” from Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press, 2015)

Evidence of Things Not Seen (album)

Cadwell Turnbull (’16)

A Third of the Stars of Heaven” in Lightspeed

Loneliness is in Your Blood” in Nightmare

The Lesson (2019)

Justin C. Key (’15)

One Hand in the Coffin” in Strange Horizons

Afiya’s Song” in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Nana Nkweti (’15)

The Devil is a Liar” in The Masters Review

It Just Kills You Inside” in the New Orleans Review

Chinelo Onwualu (14)

“The Fine Print” New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (Solaris, 2019)

An Owomoyela (’08)

And Wash Out by Tides of War,” Clarkesworld Magazine (2014) and Warrior Women (Prime Books 2015)

Jasmine Silvera (Rashida J. Smith CW ’05)

Death’s Dancer (2016)

Tempest Bradford (03)

“The Copper Scarab” in Clockwork Cairo, 2017

Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2019.

Ibi Zoboi (01)

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (2019)

American Street (2017)

Kiini Ibura Salaam (01)

Ancient, Ancient (2012)

Sheree Renée Thomas (’99)

Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, 2020)

Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, 2016)

Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

Andrea Hairston (99)

Will Do Magic for Small Change (Aqueduct Press, 2016)

Craig L. Gidney (’96)

A Spectral Hue (2019)

Nisi Shawl (92)

Everfair (2016)

Filter House (2008)

 

Anthologies:

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (Solaris, 2019) (ed. Nisi Shawl)

Octavia’s Brood: from Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press, 2005) (ed. Adrienne Maree BrownWalidah Imarisha)

Dark Matter: A century of Speculative Fiction (2000) (ed. Sheree Thomas)

Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (Aspect, 2004) (ed. Sheree Thomas)

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy (2004) (ed. Nalo Hopkinson)

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium, 2015) (ed. Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell)

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (Rosarium, 2013) (ed. Bill Campbell and Edward Hall)

 

Instructors:

Samuel R. Delany

Babel-17 (Nebula Award 1966)

The Einstein Intersection (Nebula Award 1966)

Nova

Dhalgren

Return to Nevèrÿon

Octavia E. Butler (Clarion Writers Workshop, 70)

Kindred, the Xenogenesis trilogy

Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Talents

“Bloodchild” and Other Stories

Minister Faust

The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad

From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain

Nalo Hopkinson (Clarion Writers Workshop, 05)

Brown Girl in the Ring

Skin Folk

The Salt Roads

Nnedi Okorafor (Clarion Writers Workshop, 01)

Who Fears Death

Binti

The Shadow Speaker

Akata Warrior

N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Broken Earth series

Karen Lord

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Redemption in Indigo

Tobias S. Buckell (Clarion Writers Workshop, 2000)

“The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (March, 2019)
reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol 1 (Sep. 2020)
audio version podcast at LeVar Burton Reads (May, 2019)

Hurricane Fever (Tor, 2014)

Xenowealth series (Crystal Rain et al.)

 

More Recommendations, Booksellers, and Resources:

Carl Brandon Society : The Carl Brandon Society’s mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.

Nisi Shawl’s Crash Course in Black Science Fiction (Tor.com) 

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror  (documentary, streaming free on SHUDDER)

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman (book)

30 Black Comic Book Authors You Should Know by Troy L. Wiggins

Sistah SciFi : (online bookshop) Founded by Isis Asare, Sistah Scifi is a cauldron of all things afro-futurism; Black mysticism, science fiction noir, and traditional voodoo; casting spells to uplift literature written by Black women.

More Black-Owned Bookstores 

Featured Black-Owned Bookstores

Tananarive Due (author, screenwriter, teacher)

Steven Barnes (author, screenwriter, teacher)

Charles R. Saunders and the IMARO books

Terence Taylor (horror author)

Douglas Kearney’s speculative poetry

Jason Mott (author)

Gary Jackson’s speculative poetry

Jason McCall’s speculative poetry

Editors’ note: We love our friend Matt Ruff, author of Lovecraft Country. While Jordan Peele and his team brought a live action series adaptation to HBO, Matt himself is a white author, and thus not officially included on the above list. 

Originally compiled by Rashida J. Smith, 6/2020

Updated periodically by the Clarion West team

Have suggestions for more? Corrections? Please let us know in the at communications@clarionwest.org

Clarion West Supports Black Lives Matter and the Struggle for Change

Clarion West condemns the ongoing injustice and violence against the Black community in America. Clarion West is not a political organization, yet there is no denying that fiction can be political, especially fiction created out of hope or despair or anger, or that envisions worlds that could have been or ones that are yet to come. 

Silence does not lend itself to change. We grieve with the loved ones of so many bright souls who have been taken too soon from our communities because of the color of their skin. We stand with those who righteously ask: “When will the killings end? When will justice truly be just?” Our board and staff are committed to doing the work within our organization to become better allies, dismantle white supremacy, and become more actively anti-racist in our communities. Most importantly, we will persist in bringing the work of voices previously marginalized to the fore and demanding the changes that will make this world equitable to all people.

Speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all other genres that question what might be – is often a vehicle for exploring change and examining the assumptions on which our society is based. For people experiencing oppression, creating change through words is one way to challenge the status quo. When overt challenge is met with violence, or threats to personal safety, stories may be the only outlet available. 

Speculative fiction also has the power to inspire change. If so many technical innovations were inspired by stories, novels, and films, why not social change? Fiction reveals worlds and experiences beyond our own. In doing so, it can create paths to empathy and understanding. It expands our idea of what is possible for ourselves, those around us, and the reality we create together every day.

It is Clarion West’s mission to support underrepresented voices. This includes members of Black communities and other marginalized people who have been on the front lines of protests against systemic injustice and driving action for change. We express this mission not only by making our classes available to as many students as possible but by our selection of instructors who bring their experience and expertise to every lecture and critique. We seek out luminaries in the field who have shown us new and startling worlds in fiction: Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, N.K. Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, and Nnedi Okorafor are just a few of the instructors whose own work demands that we interrogate injustice, the legacy of our fractured past, and possibilities for our future. 

We encourage people who are seeking out resources or interested in learning more about systemic injustice, understanding privilege, and ways to support underrepresented voices to explore the following:

Need support for coping with oppression?

I’m white; how can I learn more?

Where can I donate?

  • Carl Brandon Society – An organization dedicated to racial and ethnic diversity in speculative fiction.
  • National Bail Fund Network – A directory of community bail and bond funds across the country
  • ActBlue Bailfunds – ActBlue is accepting contributions that will be divided evenly betweenBrooklyn Community Bail Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, and 12 other groups.
  • Campaign Zero is a comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
  • The NAACP works to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
  • Black Lives Matter – The movement founded in 2013 following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice – A movement especially committed to centering disability justice and poor/working class organizers.
  • Color of Change – The nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
  • Official George Floyd Memorial Fund – Covers funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the Floyd family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George.
  • Victim Memorial Funds – A list of funds to support funeral and burial expenses and family support for victims of police violence.
  • Unicorn Riot – A nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues.
  • Minneapolis Gas Mask Fund – Fundraiser to buy military grade gas masks for Black youth activists on the front lines, started by Isak Douah
  • Atlanta Solidarity Bail Fund – Support #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protesters in Atlanta who are targeted for arrest.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund – Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
  • People’s City Council Freedom Fund – Los Angeles-based fund helping to pay for legal support, bail, fines, and court fees for arrested protesters in the city, medical bills and transportation for injured protesters, supplies and PPE for field medics, and direct support to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.
  • Colorado Freedom Fund – A fund that pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom.

How else can I help?

  • This amazing spreadsheet of national resources by @botanicaldyke includes legal support providers, national funds, and bailout funds by state.
  • Support Black-owned businesses (including bookstores!). Buy books by Black writers. Sign petitions. Call your representatives. Take classes from Black people. Listen. Vote.
  • If you’re in Seattle, here is a list of Black-owned restaurants. For Black and minority owned businesses across the US, you can search on The Intentionalist: find and support local businesses and the diverse people behind them.
  • Find and support policies for change through sites like 8CantWait, taking action on 8 policies that decrease police violence by 72%.
  • A comprehensive list of links to petitions and contact for representatives: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/.
  • A living list of resources from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

Do you have a suggestion to add to our list of resources? Submit it here.

Changes for Clarion West in 2020

Dear Clarion West Community, 

We have been working closely with this year’s class and instructors on what options are the best for them individually and as a cohort. With everyone’s safety in mind, we have been discussing a range of options. Our final decision is to push back our schedule and hold this year’s class, with their 2020 instructors, next summer. 

In the meantime, we are making plans for this summer to provide classes, workshops, readings, and other virtual events that will help keep our summer traditions going and our Clarion West community together. We hope to see you virtually, wherever you are. 

This is the first time in the history of Clarion West that we have had to postpone a summer workshop. Please know that this is a big disappointment for all of us. If you have any questions for us in the meantime, please send me an email. 

 If you are looking for ways to support Clarion West, we are participating in GiveBIG 2020, which will be held on May 5–6 this year. We also invite you to join us for our annual Write-a-thon this summer with new activities and offerings to support our writers. 

Wherever you are, stay healthy, and keep writing, reading, and dreaming

Sincerely, 

Marnee Chua

Executive Director

director@clarionwest.org

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.