The 2022 Six-Week Workshop is planned to be in person in fully accessible facilities from June 19–July 30, 2022. We will be asking for proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations when accepting students.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarion West and our partner facilities reserve the option to return to a fully virtual workshop in 2022 if there is any question of risk to the health and safety of our staff, instructors, and students.
Please also note changes to the application dates and tuition fees.
Applications for the 2022 Six-Week Summer Workshop are now open. The application deadline has moved to February 10, 2022, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
Every summer, we welcome a cohort of emerging writers to the workshop. Students have the opportunity to make intimate connections among a close-knit community of peers. They are joined each week by a different instructor—a highly regarded author or editor—who offers their unique perspective on the field.
The six-week workshop can give you time away from everyday distractions and encourage you to experiment and take artistic risks. The critique sessions are the heart of the workshop: you learn not only by receiving critiques, but by reading others’ work and constructing your own critiques. Instructors work directly with attendees to present group critiques of newly written stories, participate in discussions about writing techniques or professional concerns, and hold individual or small-group conferences. Throughout the entire experience, the Clarion West Workshop staff is present to help guide participants and facilitate an inclusive environment.
The setting allows attendees to forge meaningful relationships with each other and the instructors—relationships that may last for years to come. The workshop also offers get-togethers, readings, and other opportunities to hang out with local authors and workshop alumni, as well as occasional breaks to enjoy Seattle, the Puget Sound, and its surrounding mountains and lakes.
You’ll come away with essential tools for improving your writing as well as a set of friendships and professional contacts that can sustain you throughout your career.
For more information about applications, the Clarion West experience, and life after Clarion West, please see our FAQ.
Clarion West charges a nonrefundable application fee of $35 (USD), which is payable via PayPal. The fee increases to $60 for applications received after January 31. Applications close February 10.
To apply to Clarion West, you will need the following:
The 2022 tuition is $4,800. This includes tuition, accommodations for the entire workshop, daily snacks, and two meals a day, four days a week, for the duration of the program.
We understand that the tuition and the time off is a significant commitment for most people, but we don’t want money to be an obstacle for you if you feel like this experience is exactly what you’re looking for.
We offer full and partial tuition scholarships and a small amount of travel assistance, made possible by our passionate and dedicated community. Anyone with financial need is eligible for scholarships, and we particularly encourage writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and from other marginalized communities to apply. Historically, our generous donors have provided full and partial tuition scholarships for between 50–80% of our participants.
Applying for a scholarship is part of the workshop application on this site. You can also request a scholarship form via an email, phone call, or letter. You can also print out an application from our website during the application process. Scholarships are allocated primarily based on need, but a number of these are awarded specifically to historically underrepresented writers.
If you need financial aid, we encourage you to apply. You can learn more about our scholarships here.
The 2022 workshop will be held in accessible housing located near the Highline College campus in Des Moines, WA, 20 minutes south of Seattle and just 12 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Housing is a short distance from the classroom. Accessible suites feature adjustable bed frames, permanent knee clearance in kitchen and bathroom areas, and bathtubs with a removable seat and hand shower. For additional information about accessibility, visit our FAQ or contact email@example.com.
Applicants with disabilities, accommodation and accessibility needs, or special dietary needs will follow the same application process and indicate their requested accommodation on the form.
COVID-19 Precautions: We will be asking for proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations when accepting students. If you have questions or concerns about this requirement, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarion West and our partner facilities reserve the option to return to a fully virtual workshop in 2022 if there is any question of risk to the health and safety of our staff, instructors, and students.
The virtual workshop relies heavily on Zoom and Zoom’s auto-generated closed captions for the majority of our online sessions. A live captioner can be requested. 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 workshop structure and current facilities. We welcome recommendations.