Write-a-thon Registration Opens June 6 with Q&A Livestream

Clarion West Write-a-thon 2022June 19-July 30Six Weeks. Infinite possibilities.~ Registration begins June 6!Q&A livestream at 12pm PT The Write-a-thon is a time of year we set aside to focus on our wider writing community: participants set writing goals for themselves, create personal Write-a-thon pages, and write! Achieve your writing goals Meet other writers in our online…

Celebrating Speculative Authors of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

With the close of May, we find ourselves rounding out the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we’d like to take a moment to recognize speculative authors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage, across nationality. There are, of course, far more authors to celebrate than we could ever hope to highlight…

Introducing Sarah Salcedo and Speculative Seattle

Sarah Salcedo is a Pacific Northwest-based author, filmmaker, and illustrator, and is currently a Writer-in-Residence at Town Hall Seattle. Her recent interview with local writer and editor Isabela Oliveira via podcast is now available on our YouTube Channel. Clarion West is excited to be partnering with Sarah on “Speculative Seattle,” a storytelling project documenting the…

Janelle Monáe’s The Memory Librarian brings Sheree Renée Thomas and Alaya Dawn Johnson together with other writers

Groundbreaking music artist, actor, and overall phenomenon Janelle Monáe released the story collection The Memory Librarian this past Tuesday, which expands the Afrofuturistic universe of her much-celebrated Dirty Computer album. Monáe has been on tour with the book and its writers. Town Hall Seattle will feature a conversation between Janelle Monáe and Yohanca Delgado this…

Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2022!

It is with great excitement that we present the Clarion West class of 2022. After an unprecedented two years without an in-person workshop, we are delighted to welcome the incoming students to Seattle this summer.  The incoming class represents the most international cohort of students Clarion West has ever hosted. We are thrilled for voices…

Clarion West Partners with Hugo House for In-Person Workshop in May

***NOTE: This workshop has been postponed from the date listed below. We will update once we have new information. Thanks!*** Essay Writing for Professional Liars Instructor: Elsa SjunnesonDate & Time: May 15 from 12pm-4pm Pacific TimeLocation: Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle Clarion West is thrilled to bring the fabulous Elsa Sjunneson back for our first in-person…

Spring 2022 Update: Evolving Workshop Culture to Inspire Equity, Empowerment, and Innovation

“[A less privileged writer] leaves a disempowering workshop and faces the same disempowerment on a larger scale: though they should be in charge of their story, they are again made to listen to other people telling them what their story is or should be. The result is exactly the opposite of finding their voice —…