One-Day and Weekend Workshops

Throughout the year, Clarion West invites acclaimed instructors to teach one- and two-day classes. These intensive workshops contain many of the elements of our Six-Week Workshop, such as instructor-facilitated group critique, and discussions about technique or professional concerns. They are available to anyone aged 18 or older.

All One-Day and Weekend Workshops take place in an accessible building near transit. Most take place at a partner facility in Seattle. If you have questions about the accessibility of the workshop location, format, or content, please contact helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

One-Day Workshops

Thrive on the energy of learning with others? Our high-quality writing classes, critique groups, and workshops are tailored for writers creating amazing worlds of speculative fiction.

Instructors and classes are vetted by our team of experienced workshop leaders to best support genre fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between.

Registration for new classes opens in the fall. Check out our on-demand library in the meantime.

We believe that our writing classes and workshops should be available and accessible to all who want to participate. We offer discounts and sliding scale pricing to reduce the cost of online classes, free events and programs for our community, and free seats in online classes for PGM/BIPOC writers. Read more about our financial aid programs and policies and our accessibility commitment. See the individual program pages for available discounts.


Frequently Asked Questions about Clarion West One-Day and Weekend Workshops

What are your accessibility policies?

Clarion West partners with ADA Accessible facilities to hold its One-Day and Weekend Workshops. If you have any questions or concerns about a specific location, please email us. A live captioner or ASL interpreter can be requested. We ask that students request a live captioner or interpreter 3–5 business days before the class date. Email these and other concerns to Clarion West at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

Will I get a reminder for the class?

Yes. One day before the class begins, we will send a reminder to the email you used to register. Please add your class to your personal calendar when you register, with reminders if needed. Unfortunately, we cannot refund class fees if you miss a class.

How old do I have to be to take an online Clarion West class?

Unless designated for teens, all Clarion West classes and workshops are recommended for anyone aged 18 or older. If you have a question about the minimum age requirement, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org. 

What’s the refund policy?

Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days before the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff. Please email helpdesk@clarionwest.org

I want to buy/give a friend a ticket. How do I do that?

Please enter the name and email address of the person you purchase the class for under the first step of the registration process, “Attendee info.” If you want to buy a gift certificate for a friend, please email helpdesk@clarionwest.org and tell us your information and the name, email, and contact information of the person you wish to send a gift certificate to. Clarion West does not share contact information with any other organization.

Do you offer financial aid?

We offer sliding-scale ticketing prices for our online classes. Please use the Helping Hands ticket price if it would help you to take the class, regardless of your background. Learn more about financial aid for online classes here.

What are your equity policies around class enrollment?

We reserve a percentage of seats in every class for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and People of the Global Majority (PGM) on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of financial need. Learn more about our Equity & Inclusion policies. To request a seat, please fill out this form, and include the names of the classes you are interested in, in order of preference. If a seat is available, we will email you 10-14 days before the class begins.

What is your harassment policy and code of conduct?

By participating in any Clarion West activity, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines.

I have more questions! Where do I send them?

Please email any questions to helpdesk@clarionwest.org.