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2024 Featured Artist

Meet Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor Each year, Clarion West works with a new artist to create an image that is used across the Write-a-thon, on our website, and for the Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy reading series poster. The poster illustration is custom designed by the artist with their personal interpretation of speculative fiction. In…

Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy 2024
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Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy 2024

Streaming Link Available | 7:00 PM | Open to the Public* 7/23 $5 ticket minimum at Town Hall Seattle Accessibility: All readings are held in ADA-accessible venues. Closed captioning is automatically available in Zoom. Contact events@clarionwest.org at least seven days before the event to request special accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter or live captioner. Usman…

The Roots and Future of Feminist Science Fiction
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The Roots and Future of Feminist Science Fiction

From Vonda N. McIntyre to Today A Free Virtual Panel Saturday, June 8 at 11 am PST Four award-winning authors discuss the roots and future of feminist science fiction, with a special focus on Clarion West founder Vonda N. McIntyre and other major influences on the genre.  About the Event Vonda N. McIntyre contributed extensively…

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Introducing the Clarion West Class of 2024!

The Clarion West staff and community are incredibly pleased to welcome a new class of 18 students to Seattle this summer! This year’s students hail from Thailand, Zimbabwe, Colombia, India, Nigeria, Canada, and various regions of Turtle Island/the USA. They will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with our phenomenal 2024 instructor lineup, which includes…

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The Salam Award and the Malik Family Sponsor Scholarships for Pakistani and Palestinian Students

We are pleased to announce that The Salam Award and Clarion West Week One Instructor Usman T. Malik (CW ‘14) have offered two new scholarships for 2024 Students.  The Salam Award Scholarship: For the year 2024, The Salam Award has agreed to sponsor a student of Pakistani origin, whether a Pakistani resident of any ethnicity,…

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In Memory of Howard Waldrop

By Eileen Gunn Howard Waldrop (September 15, 1946–January 14, 2024) was a subgenre of fiction all by himself. In the 1990s, he was a stalwart Clarion West instructor—so stalwart, in fact, that the workshop selection process included a Waldrop Advisory: he shouldn’t be scheduled for the beginning weeks of the workshop, because he dazzled the…

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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…