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Final Report on Clarion West’s Evolving Workshop Culture Project

The Clarion West Writers Workshop was founded on the belief that writers from diverse backgrounds need an opportunity to be heard — and to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Clarion West has historically been successful in reaching women writers and LGBTQIA+ writers, and many of our graduates are actively publishing in the field.  With…

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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2023!

After another overwhelming response to our call for applications, we have selected a class of fifteen students for Clarion West’s 2023 Six-Week Virtual Workshop. The selected class includes students in Ghana, the U.K. by way of Pakistan, Brazil, the Bahamas, Mexico, and the United States.  We can’t wait to get to know them better and…

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In Memory of Greg Bear

It’s one thing to have a relationship with individuals. A friendship. A long-term admiration. A fan’s enthusiastic following.  It’s another to have a relationship with an organization. What does it mean for an organization, an entire body of people, thoughts, and ideals, to miss a single person?  I’m sitting down to write this tribute as…

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Clarion West Workshop Needs New Home

Clarion West has a long history of partnering with universities and organizations in the Seattle area to house the Six-Week Workshop. As we’ve honed in on what our students need for their workshop experience and focused on affordability, equity, and accessibility, the number of potential partners has narrowed. Even before the pandemic, we couldn’t secure…

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Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx/e authors of speculative fiction

As we reach the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to take the opportunity to lift up authors from our community of Hispanic and/or Latinx/e descent across the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and beyond. Our Recommended Reading is a good place to start, but by no means a comprehensive list! We…

Congratulations to the 2022 Octavia E. Butler and Worldbuilder Scholars!

This year, we doubled up on scholars, as students accepted in 2020 and in 2022 were recognized for these awards. Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Recipients This summer, the Carl Brandon Society generously donated two full scholarships to Clarion West students. Naomi Day and Wen-yi Lee were each recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial…