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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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…


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…

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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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Call for Summer 2023 Poster Artist

Clarion West is searching for an artist to create artwork for our 2023 summer programming! Please share this call with the artists you know that might be a great fit, and see below for details. What we’re looking for We want to commission a piece of art that inspires us and our writers to create…

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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…


Recommended Reading for Native American Heritage Month

Today, on the final day of Native American Heritage Month, we want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the Indigenous speculative authors that make up the genre. The voices of these authors, and of so many others that we may not have listed, are vital to our community. We encourage you to read…