Announcing the 2018 Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship for Clarion West

We are thrilled to announce that science fiction luminary Ellen Klages is sponsoring a 2018 instructorship for Clarion West’s Six-Week Summer Workshop.

The Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship, named in honor of Klages’s sister Sally, will cover travel, living arrangements, and remuneration for the resident instructor in Week Four of our six-week workshop.

Sally Klages, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 55, was a lifelong writer. She was born with Down Syndrome, but didn’t think of it as a handicap. It was what made her special. She was a founding member of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) and a board member of the National Down Syndrome Conference. An active participant in the Special Olympics, she won more than three dozen medals in swimming, diving, track and field, bowling, and cross-country skiing.

Ellen Klages devotes this instructorship to her memory. “It would have made her very happy — and very proud — to know that she is helping a new generation of writers find out how special they really are,” said Klages.

Click here to learn more about the Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship.

Interested in applying to be part of Clarion West’s 2018 Six-Week Summer Workshop? Applications are still open. Learn more on our workshop information page.

George R. R. Martin Announces New Worldbuilder Scholarship for Clarion West

George R. R. Martin at the Clarion West Six-Week Summer Workshop in 2012.

We are incredibly pleased and honored to announce that renowned fantasy author George R. R. Martin is sponsoring a new annual scholarship for the Clarion West Six-Week Summer Workshop.

Each year, the WORLDBUILDER SCHOLARSHIP will cover tuition, fees, and lodging for one Clarion West student who demonstrates both financial need and a talent for worldbuilding and the creation of secondary universes. The scholarship will be conferred via blind judging, and will not be limited by age, race, sex, religion, skin color, place of origin, or field of study.

“I remember very well what it was like to be a writer starting out, struggling for sales, and counting every dime,” says Martin. “It is my hope that the Worldbuilder Scholarship will help the next great fantasist on the long journey ahead.”

The Worldbuilder Scholarship will be awarded starting with the Clarion West Class of 2018. Click here to read George R. R. Martin’s full announcement.


UPDATE 1/31/18: To apply for the Worldbuilder Scholarship, submit a full application to Clarion West’s Six-Week Summer Workshop by March 1, 2018 and check “Yes” in the “Applying for scholarship aid” section. Further instructions will be given to accepted students.

Interested in applying to be part of Clarion West’s 2018 Six-Week Summer Workshop? Applications are still open. Learn more on our workshop information page.

World Fantasy Convention Honors Neile Graham

Photo credit: Tod McCoy
Neile Graham and Kij Johnson, fellow World Fantasy Award winners and Clarion West alumnae.

We are delighted to announce that Neile Graham, Workshop Director for Clarion West, has received the Special Award for “fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West.” Neile accepted the award at the 2017 World Fantasy Convention award ceremony on November 5.

The World Fantasy Awards are a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year. They were first given in 1975, at the first World Fantasy Convention, and have been awarded annually since. This award is one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction).

The 2017 World Fantasy Awards were presented at the 43rd World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on November 5, 2017.

Clarion West announces Summer Workshop instructors for 2018

Clarion West is pleased to announce the instructors for the 2018 Summer Workshop.

Week 1 – Daniel Abraham
Week 2 – Ken MacLeod
Week 3 – Yoon Ha Lee
Week 4 – Karen Lord
Week 5 – Karen Joy Fowler
Week 6 – Ellen Datlow

Read more about the instructors on the Summer Workshop page.

Applications for the 2018 Summer Workshop will open in December 2017. Read more about the workshop and when, why, and how to apply. If you’re interested in applying to the 2018 workshop, join the Clarion West mailing list or follow Clarion West on Twitter or Facebook.

National Endowment for the Arts awards grant to Clarion West

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award to Clarion West in support of the Summer Workshop and Summer Reading Series. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Clarion West, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Clarion West is committed to forging new and diverse voices in science fiction and fantasy through extraordinary educational opportunities. Through its Six-Week Summer Workshop, it prepares new writers for their careers and connects them with a community of fellow writers and passionate fans. Clarion West also makes speculative fiction available to the public by presenting readings and other events that bring writers and readers together.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2017

Clarion West is honored to present the Clarion West Summer Workshop Class of 2017, who hail from Singapore, Cyprus, Mexico, England, and the United States:

Andrea M. Pawley

Mark Galarrita

Izzy Wasserstein

A. T. Greenblatt

Gordon White

Stephanie Malia Morris

Robert Minto

E.L. Bangs

Andrea Chapela

Patrick Lofgren

Joanne Lim-Pousard

Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Shweta Adhyam

Emma Törzs

Alexandra Manglis

David Bruns

Adam Shannon

Iori Kusano

Clarion West announces new One-Day Workshops

Clarion West is pleased to announce six new One-Day Workshops this winter and spring:

January 22, 2017 with instructor Curtis C. Chen
Synopses and Queries: How Do They Work?

February 19, 2017 with instructors Ted Kosmatka and Jack Skillingstead
Scene One: The Rocketry of Fiction

March 5 with instructor Kat Richardson
A Matter of Character: Writing Beyond the Character Sheet

April 2, 2017 with instructor Hannu Rajaniemi
Technology and Magic as Characters

May 21, 2017 with instructor Randy Henderson
Level Up as a Writer

June 4, 2017 with instructor Helen Marshall
Landing the Gut Punch: Finding Emotional Resonance in Fantastic Fiction

Visit the One-Day Workshops page to learn more.

Clarion West announces instructors for the 2017 Summer Workshop

Clarion West is pleased to announce the instructors for the 2017 Summer Workshop, June 18 through July 28, 2017.

Week 1: Daryl Gregory

Week 2: Kij Johnson

Week 3: John Chu

Week 4: Connie Willis

Week 5: Daniel José Older

Week 6: Pat Cadigan

For more information on these instructors, please see the workshop instructors page. Applications for the 2017 workshop will open in December 2016.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, is a new anthology of stories by award-winning and acclaimed Clarion West graduates. Read stories by Rachel Swirsky, Ben Rosenbaum, Kij Johnson, David Levine, and many more of your favorite authors, plus essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, Gardner Dozois, Nancy Kress, Greg Bear, and other great Clarion West instructors.

When you buy a copy, all proceeds benefit the organization. Clarion West launched this book/fundraiser at the Locus Awards, and copies are available now at Seattle’s University Book Store, and online via and publisher Hydra House (whose generosity makes this fundraiser possible).

See the full Table of Contents and cover art here.