Programs

At Clarion West, you’ll be among award-winning and best-selling writers in science fiction, fantasy, games, horror, and more. Our workshops and classes are taught by world-class instructors from across the field of speculative fiction. Wherever you may be in your career, whether novice or sage, we offer a diverse listing of classes that is packed with valuable information to take your writing to the next level.

We offer instruction throughout the year, and our workshops and classes vary in intensity, topic, and number of sessions. We invite prominent authors from across a broad range of speculative fiction to teach our classes and workshops. A few of our most recent instructors include Curtis Chen, Eileen Gunn, Elizabeth Hand, Cadwell Turnbull, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cory Doctorow, Nicola Griffith, Cat Rambo, Karen Joy Fowler, Nancy Kress, Kij Johnson, and Nisi Shawl.

Accessibility: Information about accommodations for classes and workshops is listed below or you can read more here.

Discounts and scholarships for those with financial need are offered for our classes and workshops. Find out more information here.

We offer a percentage of seats in every class to writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) for free, on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Please email us with the name of the class you would like to enroll in, even if the class appears full: info@clarionwest.org. You can read more about our efforts towards equity and inclusion here.

Accessibility

Clarion West is committed to making our spaces and events more accessible to all. We are making adjustments to limit the barriers affecting people with disabilities and will continue to address needs on an ongoing basis. 

At this time, all of our programs automatically offer the following: 

  • Zoom’s auto-generated closed captions for all of our online sessions. If the class is discussion intensive or utilizes features that make the auto-generated captions impossible (for example, if a class uses breakout rooms), participants are encouraged to request a live captioner or ASL interpreter. We ask that students request a live captioner or interpreter at least 3-5 business days before the class date. 
  • ASL interpreters are available at every in-person summer reading event. 
  • Live captioners are available at every public virtual event. 
  • Clarion West has made the commitment to partner only with ADA accessible facilities for all of our in-person programs, including our workshops, classes, and special events. 

We recognize that disabilities and accessibility needs vary and encourage you to contact us if you have specific questions. Clarion West will make every attempt to meet the needs of all of our students, within the limits of the intended programming. We welcome recommendations. 

If you have questions about the accessibility of the workshop or have other concerns, please contact helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

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