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Looking Forward to 2024 with an Amazing Team

I’m so pleased to announce the following well-deserved staff promotions. Everything we do at Clarion West is supported by an amazing and collaborative team of writers who care deeply about our programs, the field of speculative fiction, and creating a supportive and caring community. Rashida Smith (CW ’05) will be taking on the role of…

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Updates for the 2024 Six-Week Workshop

Housing We are excited to announce that Clarion West’s Six-Week Workshop will return to its traditional home in Seattle’s University District next summer! We are hosting the workshop at the University of Washington, which will give our students plenty of opportunities to work in nearby coffee shops, visit the rest of Seattle easily by light…

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Octavia E. Butler honored with a street in her name

On Saturday, July 29th, 2023, friends, former neighbors, and fans of acclaimed science fiction author Octavia E. Butler gathered at the intersection of NE 165th Street and 37th Avenue NE in Lake Forest Park to celebrate the renaming of the stretch of 37th Avenue NE to “Octavia Butler Avenue.” Octavia spent her final years on…

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Announcing Clarion West’s 2024 Six-Week Summer Workshop Instructors

On Tuesday, during N.K. Jemisin’s hybrid reading from Astoria Bookshop in New York, Clarion West’s Workshop Facilitator, María Alejandra Barrios, announced our instructors for the upcoming 2024 Six-Week Summer Workshop! The Clarion West 2024 Six-Week Summer Workshop will take place from June 16 – July 27, 2024. Applications for the 2024 Six-Week Workshop are planned…

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Clarion West is Delighted to Announce a $10,000 Donation Toward 2024 Workshop Housing

Clarion West is delighted to announce a generous donation of $10,000 from David D. Levine (CW ’00). We are incredibly grateful for David’s support toward workshop housing. Clarion West hopes to be in person in 2024 and has a tentative hold on accessible housing on the beautiful University of Washington campus! More information will be…

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Seattle’s Speculative Fiction Writing Workshops Join Forces

Writing the Other and Clarion West, two Seattle-based writing organizations, announce the beginning of a new partnership.  Clarion West will serve as the fiscal sponsor for Writing the Other, as the organizations explore partnership opportunities and shared resource development. Fiscal sponsorship will enable the two mission-aligned organizations to share resources, which keeps administrative expenses down….

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Meet Charis Loke — Our 2023 Summer Poster Artist!

One of our favorite traditions here at Clarion West is working with a new artist each year to create both our Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy reading series poster and Write-a-thon art. This year, we are thrilled to feature the work of Charis Loke, a phenomenal illustrator whose art you may have seen gracing…

Register for 2023 Write-a-thon!!!

We are now open for 2023 Write-a-thon registrations!!! The Write-a-thon is a great opportunity to make progress on your writing goals in community, while participating in fun sprints, classes, social hours, and more. It’s also our biggest fundraiser of the year — we’ll share with you everything you need to take off! Registration for the…