Neile Graham, Eileen Gunn and Leslie Howle at the World Fantasy Awards in 2017

Leslie Howle attended Clarion West in 1985 and immediately became involved in running the workshop and organization. Over the next 30 years, she served as workshop director, board chair, board member, and kept the workshop alive during tough financial times. Upon her retirement in 2013, an anonymous donor began this instructorship in her name, honoring Les by supporting Clarion West’s first-week instructor — a week Leslie was passionate about staffing with instructors particularly skilled at introducing the students to each other and the workshop.