Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation in Writing Workshops

“Inclusion is a form of diversification but it can also be violent. Inviting voices into spaces not built for them or that undermine their messages, lived experiences, and expertise can often work against the well-intentioned goals of inclusion.” Dr. Max Liboiron, Civic Laboratory, August 12, 2019 Summary and Introduction The Clarion West Writers Workshop has been … Continue reading Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation in Writing Workshops

A letter of solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

We stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and condemn the racially motivated, white supremacist violence of the Atlanta shootings on March 17. It doesn’t matter how many times we say this. We have to keep saying it: America is broken. You know it. I know it. If you are BIPOC, … Continue reading A letter of solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

A Classmate Remembers Kathleen Ann Goonan

A Classmate Remembers Kathleen Ann Goonan Beverly Suarez-Beard Kathleen Ann Goonan (CW ’88) died on January 28, 2021, at the age of 68. She was the award-winning author of more than forty short stories and seven novels. Her first novel, Queen City Jazz (1994), a New York Times Notable Book, was short-listed for the British Science Fiction Association Award. Her … Continue reading A Classmate Remembers Kathleen Ann Goonan

Announcing the Clarion West Class of 2021

It is with incalculable joy that we present the Clarion West Six-Week Summer Workshop Class of 2021. This summer, fifteen writers will study with Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Tina Connolly, Caroline Yoachim, Nalo Hopkinson, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Ted Chiang. Following the postponement of the 2020 workshop due to Covid-19, we are delighted to once … Continue reading Announcing the Clarion West Class of 2021

Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Clarion West is pleased to present a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction.  This series is presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library and is supported by The Seattle … Continue reading Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Focus on Indigenous Futures 

Focus on Indigenous Futures  This March, don’t miss two classes with a focus on writing Indigenous Futures. Speculative fiction gives us the opportunity to reflect on past, present, and future through writing and creating. Participants will imagine their way through Futurisms by interweaving their own cultures and life experiences into science fiction and game writing. … Continue reading Focus on Indigenous Futures 

Welcome New Board Members and Staff

by Marnee Chua, Executive Director As we approach the end of this year, I am pleased to share that several individuals have joined the Clarion West Board of Directors in 2020. Their addition to the board will help us better position the organization to grow, build capacity, and achieve our plans to make our workshops more … Continue reading Welcome New Board Members and Staff

Join us for #GivingTuesday!

Since 1984, Clarion West has held workshops with the intention of providing a safe space for writers to imagine new worlds. A place to re-imagine the fundamental issues within our societies, technologies, politics, prejudices, and fears. Consider making a gift to Clarion West on #GivingTuesday during the global day of giving and support our year-end … Continue reading Join us for #GivingTuesday!