Announcing the Instructors for Clarion West’s 2022 In-Person Summer Workshop

Clarion West is thrilled to announce our plan to return to an in-person workshop for 2022! With excitement, we announce the instructors for our 2022 Six-Week Summer Workshop: Week 1 – Susan Palwick Week 2 – P. Djèlí Clark Week 3 – Fonda Lee Week 4 – Tobias S. Buckell Week 5 – Bill Campbell Week 6 – Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane…

Week 5 Write-a-thon Partner: Two Hour Transport!

We hope you’re enjoying Week 5 of our annual Write-a-thon. Sheree Renée Thomas, a Clarion West alumna herself, is teaching the six-week workshop participants. We all just heard that her collection NINE BAR BLUES is up for a World Fantasy Award, alongside several other Clarion West alumni and instructors!  We’ve moved our two-session workshop,  How…

Announcing our Week 4 Write-a-thon partner, FIYAHCON

It’s Week 4 of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, and we’re proud to partner with FIYAHCON!  On Monday, workshop administrator Rashida J. Smith moderated the live panel, Uncovering Cover Art, which was recorded and is now viewable at this link. We’re running writing and critique workshops for teens, led by K. Tempest Bradford, Alethea Kontis, and…

Free Virtual Panels and Readings for the Write-a-thon!

Free Virtual Panels and Readings for the Write-a-thon!

Every year, Clarion West brings the Write-a-thon to our global community. As we host our usual summer six-week events online for the second year in a row, the global community has once again shown up, signed up, and turned out for what will certainly be our biggest Write-a-thon ever! Thanks for a fantastic first week! Here’s…

Remembering Bob Brown

Remembering Bob Brown

“I’m always happiest when I’m killing things.”  That’s how Bob Brown captioned the accompanying photo when he gave it to me. I don’t think this self-appraisal of his was completely accurate.  At least, it wasn’t just killing things—fish, to be specific—that made him happy.  Bob adored fishing, yes, and he went on at least two…

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Clarion West to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Seattle—Clarion West has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support salaries and administrative costs for expanding online adult and youth writing workshops. This project will bring together the rich history of Clarion West intensive writing workshops with the need to provide low cost and accessible online programming for emerging writers…

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…

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,…

FREE MONEY, FRIENDS

Clickbait can be a force for good, I swear. But seriously, this is a love letter to you, my fellow Black writers. To you, Indigenous writers and queer writers. To you, international writers and homeless writers and disabled writers and working class writers. To you, writers who identify as women and writers who identify as…

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…