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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…

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Celebrating Six Weeks of Write-a-thon, Workshop, and Readings

We made it! The six weeks of Clarion West’s summer programming conclude today, and we couldn’t be more impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work we’ve seen throughout that time. It’s time for a big round of applause and thank yous to everyone who made it happen! Write-a-thon To our participants, we say a deep…

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Announcing Clarion West’s 2023 Six-Week Summer Workshop Instructors

We are thrilled to announce our instructors for the upcoming 2023 Six-Week Summer Workshop! The Clarion West 2023 Six-Week Summer Workshop will take place from June 25 – August 5, 2023. Applications for the 2023 Summer Workshop open in early January 2023. Each year, Clarion West is able to provide full and partial scholarships to…

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Recognizing and Supporting Our LGBTQIA+ Speculative Fiction Community

At the close of Pride Month, we want to take a moment to call forth just a few names from our community of openly LGBTQIA+ science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors, as a way of recognizing their contributions and encouraging readers to seek out their work. There’s a strong lineage of LGBTQIA+ authors within speculative…

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2022 Summer Poster Art by Odera Igbokwe

We’re thrilled to share the summer poster art for our Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy reading series! We hold deep gratitude to poster artist Odera Igbokwe, and layout designer Vicki Saunders for their beautiful work. You can learn more about Odera Igbokwe from their website, as well as their bio here: Odera Igbokwe (They/Them…

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Tor.com Sponsors the Flash Fiction Workshop for 2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Clarion West is pleased to announce Tor.com as presenting sponsor of the Flash Fiction Workshop, returning this summer as part of our 2022 Write-a-thon!  Tor.com is an online magazine and community site that covers science fiction, fantasy, and all the many related subjects that interest us as readers. Their aim is to explore, encourage, and…

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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…

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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…

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Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy 2022

[Edit: Missed any of the readings? Check out our YouTube channel to see if the livestream has been uploaded to watch (give us a little time after each reading to edit and share the video).] Clarion West is thrilled to bring back the Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy reading series in 2022!  The readings will begin at 7:00pm at the Seattle…