Clarion West is Growing, and Here’s the Team that’s Making It Happen

Let us introduce you to Rashida Stephanie Jae Amy María Evan Stefani Erik Elly Suzanne Marnee You’ve heard that Clarion West pivoted sharply in 2020 to provide international access to an inclusive writing community and to world-class writing instructors. We held a total of 112 online writing classes and workshops for 1,500 unique participants, including…

New Scholarships to Encourage Black, Indigenous, and Writers of Color to Attend

Applications are open for the 2022 Clarion West Workshop for speculative fiction writers. Offered every summer in Seattle, Clarion West has over 600 graduates, including Russell L. Bates (winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival), editor Sheree Renée Thomas (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction), Nisi Shawl…

Native American Heritage Month: Recommended Reading

We wrap up November and the United States’ Native American Heritage Month with the following list of recommended speculative fiction reading by Indigenous writers of North and Central America and the surrounding islands. On this list, we focus primarily on those writers who are current members and/or descend from the First Nations of Canada, the…

Writing Trauma, part 2

During our 2021 Write-a-thon, we spoke with three writers who are also a chaplain, an ICU nurse, and a doctor of psychiatry, to hear their insights on the topic of mental health for writers–as well as writing about mental health. That panel is recorded on YouTube here: Mental Health for Writers. The time went so quickly…

Congratulations to our 2021 Octavia E. Butler and Worldbuilder Scholars!

Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Recipients This summer, the Carl Brandon Society generously donated two full scholarships to Clarion West students. Lue Palmer of Toronto, Canada, and Shakirah Peterson of Los Angeles, California, were each recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship.  Since 2007, the Carl Brandon Society has donated this scholarship in Octavia’s…

Recommended Reading from Hispanic & Latinx Writers

As we reach the close of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, we’ve put together the following list of recommended reading by authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror who are also of Hispanic and Latinx descent. We recognize that the United States’ Hispanic Heritage Month has a history of exclusion and misrepresentation of the Spanish-speaking community,…

Writing Trauma, part 1

Imposter syndrome. Doomscrolling. Adult attention deficit disorder. These are just a few of the mental and emotional experiences that make our stories feel like failures and rob us of the joy of our craft. So how do we deal with them? During our 2021 Write-a-thon, we spoke with three writers who are also a chaplain,…