The Business of Writing with Jennifer Brozek


The Business of Writing with Jennifer Brozek

To be a writer is to be a business person. There are many aspects to the business of writing (outside the actual act of writing itself) that must be done for you to have a successful career—no matter if it is fiction, non-fiction, part-time, full-time, or just twice a year. Scheduling, deadlines, record keeping, contracts, invoicing, travel, social media, and more. All of it is necessary in today’s publishing business. Learn tips and tricks, see examples, and learn how to pick your battles to keep all of it in line.

Schedule:
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-6:00 PM PDT 1
20 minutes

About the instructor:
Jennifer Brozek is an author, a media tie-in writer, an editor, and a collector of antique occult literature. She believes the best thing about being a full-time freelance publishing industry professional is the fact that she gets to choose which 60 hours of the week she works. A Hugo Award finalist and a multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2004. With the number of edited anthologies, novels, RPG books, and nonfiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a Wordslinger & Optimist. In-between cuddling her cats, writing, and editing, Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. She keeps a tight writing and editing schedule and credits her husband with being the best sounding board an author could have. Visit Jennifer’s worlds at jenniferbrozek.com or on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Shifting Timelines with Alaya Dawn Johnson


Shifting Timelines with Alaya Dawn Johnson

This workshop starts with an in-depth exploration with mystery plotting with an emphasis on how to use and layer timelines to create surprise and intrigue in the reader, even when you’re not writing a mystery story. We’ll then discuss a wide range of speculative fiction novels in order to analyze their timeline structures and explore how those technical aspects enhance and give depth to our storytelling. These techniques overlap with POV, but here we’ll focus specifically on the temporal aspects of switching narrators and layering storylines.

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 7, from 5:00-6:30 PM PDT
90 minutes

About the instructor:
Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of seven novels for adults and young adults. Her most recent novel for adults, Trouble the Saints, is forthcoming in July 2020 from Tor books. A short story collection, Reconstruction and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Small Beer Press in Fall 2020. Her young adult novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, while her novel Love Is the Drug won the Andre Norton/Nebula Award for Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, A Phoenix First Must Burn, Feral Youth, and the Ellen Kushner Swordspoint prequel Tremonatine. She lives in Mexico City where she received a master’s degree with honors in Mesoamerican Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, for her thesis on pre-Columbian fermented food and its role in the religious-agricultural calendar of the Mexica.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Talk Less, Smile More with Curtis Chen


Talk Less, Smile More with Curtis Chen

“Dialogue,” she said. “It’s how we communicate in fiction. But it’s not a facsimile of reality.”

“Them’s a lotta ten-dollar words,” he sputtered. “Whaddya mean by all that?”

“I simply mean to say that how people speak is not how characters may talk.”

“Jeepers! Tell me more!”

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 14, from 4:00-5:30 PM PDT
90 minutes

About the instructor:
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He’s the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and a contributor to Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box. Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science FictionOregon Reads Aloud, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the “Worlds Beyond Here” exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month. Visit him online: 
https://curtiscchen.com

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

So You Want to Be an Editor with Wendy Wagner


So You Want to Be an Editor with Wendy Wagner

Maybe you want to put together your first anthology or maybe you’re thinking of starting a magazine. But what does it really take to be an editor? Lightspeed/Nightmare’s Wendy N. Wagner shares strategies for every step of your editorial journey–from crafting your first call for submissions to wrangling copy edits. If you want to learn what it’s really like working with writers and organizing editorial projects, this is the class for you! Come prepared with lots of questions and ready to interact with each other.

Schedule:
Thursday, July 16, from 5:00-7:00 PM PDT
90 minutes

About the instructor:
Wendy N. Wagner is the managing/senior editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines, and is the incoming editor-in-chief of Nightmare for 2021. Her SF eco-thriller An Oath of Dogs was a Locus bestseller. Her other work includes two novels for the Pathfinder Tales series and more than forty short stories. She also served as the non-fiction editor of Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and the guest editor-in-chief of Queers Destroy Horror! She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Writing for the World with Karen Lord


Writing for the World with Karen Lord

Cultural hegemony in literature may provide a shared language for the writer to communicate to the reader – or it may privilege familiar and easy stories over the unusual. Is it possible to write for and be understood by readers worldwide without compromising identity and experience? Can a text maintain uniqueness and authenticity without being placed in a niche or on the margins? This workshop will examine what makes a story globally accessible, and offer guidelines at each phase: concept and draft, first readers and editors, and marketing and reviews.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 25, from 10:00-12:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Barbadian novelist and research consultant Dr Karen Lord is the author of Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her other works include the science fiction novels The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Galaxy Game, and the crime-fantasy novel Unraveling. She edited the anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Understanding Your Inner Editor with Julia Rios


Understanding Your Inner Editor with Julia Rios 

Some additional room has been made available for this event! Register here to join the session.




Some writers plan things out well in advance and others write things down in an unplanned rush. Regardless, most of us have an inner editor—the critical voice that tells you you’re doing something wrong. How do you quiet it down when it’s overzealous? When and how can it help to listen to your inner editor? This workshop will go over some tools for helping your wildly creative side coexist in peace with your orderly and critical side, and for understanding how (and when) to polish your words.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 25, from 3:00-5:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Julia Rios is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about how the movies we watch in childhood shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Find them on Twitter as @omgjulia.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Deconstructing a Story with Siobhan Carroll


Friday July 17 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PDT

Join Professor Siobhan Carroll for a “Reading for Writers” workshop, in which we put our critical eye to work to improve our fiction. We’ll discuss the theme, character, and technique on display in a classic short story (this text will be provided at least one week before the class meets) and practice the ‘RABA’ reading process, which students can use to discover the themes in their drafts. In the second part of the class, we’ll participate in a writing exercise based on a SF classic short story.

Students must read the text in advance of the class.

Your Zoom session information will be sent in your confirmation email. Please look for it at the bottom of your confirmation email. If you do not see your Zoom information or have other questions, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Writing Sessions are Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

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Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

WHAT WRITERS MUST DO TO WRITE ALTERNATE HISTORY with Jack Dann


Friday July 24 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

WHAT WRITERS MUST DO TO WRITE ALTERNATE HISTORY: A No-nonsense Fiction Workshop with Jack Dann
This 90-minute interactive workshop with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann can change the way you approach the craft of creating alternate histories. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of this popular genre.

Jack will provide an overview of the nature of alternate history, review the special problems involved in the craft of creating counterfactual fiction, and recommend a ‘counterfactual toolbox’ of craft solutions, which include:

• How to choose a ‘divergent point’ that the average reader can recognize.
• How to utilize the technique of Heinleining, which involves providing concise but necessary details in the form of clues without distorting the narrative.
• How to bring a story to life by selecting and emphasizing certain specific details of an imagined world to create an illusion of coherence and complexity that is experienced as ‘real’, rather than a ‘dump’ of information.
• How to use paratextual elements, such as chapter quotes, maps, and fictional documents to create authenticity.
• How to describe familiar places and characters which may have different characteristics and functions in your counterfactual story world.

Lastly, in order to create a ‘visceral’ understanding of the craft, Jack will illustrate exactly how these techniques work. As mentioned above, this intensive workshop is interactive, in that Jack will respond to participants’ questions and direct himself to their craft issues.

Your Zoom session information will be sent in your confirmation email. Please look for it at the bottom of your confirmation email. If you do not see your Zoom information or have other questions, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Writing Sessions are Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Film to Page with DongWon Song


Film to Page: What Watching Movies Can Teach Us About Writing with DongWon Song

This workshop will focus on some core film techniques and examples that can be used to illustrate core craft techniques. We’ll be addressing structure, worldbuilding through material design, creating deep emotional impact, and pacing. We’ll pair watching clips of scenes with discussion. Please note that there will be some violence in the selected scenes, although nothing graphic or extreme.

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 7, from 4-:00-6:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Shifting Sands with Sarah Pinsker


Techniques for generating near-future stories, and how to deal with futures that come at you fast.

SCHEDULE: 90 minutes, 1 session

Monday, July 13 at 5:00 PM PDT

Your Zoom session information will be sent in your confirmation email. Please look for it at the bottom of your confirmation email. If you do not see your Zoom information or have other questions, please email us at helpdesk@clarionwest.org.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Writing Sessions are Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Moving from the Novel to the Short Story with Arkady Martine


Moving from the Novel to the Short Story–and Back Again with Arkady Martine

Short fiction and novel-length work demand different competencies and skills of the author –pacing, character development, and worldbuilding are all utilized differently depending on the amount of space the author has to work in. Many authors write both short and long-form fiction, and must negotiate the different ways of employing their craft in each form. This short workshop focuses on the differences between writing short and writing long, what traps to watch out for when shifting between modes, and how short and long-form fiction can be mixed together fruitfully in a writing career.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM PDT
60 minutes

About the instructor:
Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian
of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border
politics, narrative and rhetoric, risk communication, and the edges of the world. She is
currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources
Department, where she works on climate change mitigation, energy grid modernization,
and resiliency planning. Her debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, was released in
March 2019 from Tor Books. Arkady grew up in New York City, and after some time in
Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and Baltimore, lives in New Mexico with her wife, the author
Vivian Shaw. Find Arkady online at www.arkadymartine.net or on Twitter as
@ArkadyMartine.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Hard Science Fiction With Heart with Dominica Phetteplace


Hard Science Fiction With Heart with Dominica Phetteplace

Description: Hard Science Fiction is a genre of near-future science fiction that seeks to extrapolate present day science and technology into the future. This class is for those seeking to craft a more inclusive form of this genre. We can do this in two ways: by broadening our definition of what science and technology are and by thinking about the widespread effects of scientific and technological change across society.

Schedule:
Saturday, July 18, from 10:00-12:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Dominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Barbara Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park, Marble House Project and the MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

 

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Making Your Story Openings Stand Out with Scott Andrews


Making Your Story Openings Stand Out with Scott Andrews

Learn how to make the openings of your short stories stand out in the submissions pile with seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist editor Scott H. Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine.

Magazines get thousands of short story submissions; your story’s opening needs to engage the submissions readers immediately. This class will describe how magazine submissions really work and share insight on ways to create engaging first lines and opening paragraphs that bring the reader into the story, and where to go after that. Analysis of opening lines and paragraphs from a variety of published stories will highlight different approaches that have worked for some great stories and can in your own work. Discussion of concepts, techniques, and examples will give you tools for crafting story openings that can stand out in the submissions pile.

Schedule:
Wednesday, July 22, from 5:00-7:00 PM PDT
120 minutes

About the instructor:
Scott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, eleven guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He writes, teaches college chemistry, and is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the six-time Hugo Award finalist online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Scott is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Space & Time, Crossed Genres, and Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Tales.

Scott has taught writing at the Odyssey Workshop, Writefest, and online for Odyssey Online Classes and Cat Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. He has lectured on short fiction, secondary-world fantasy, editing, magazine publishing, audio podcasting, beer, and heavy metal on scores of convention panels at multiple Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and regional conventions in the Northeast and Midwest. He is a six-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and he celebrates International Stout Day several times a week.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Going Through an Impasse: Writing While Blocked with Eileen Gunn


Going Through an Impasse: Writing While Blocked with Eileen Gunn

Many writers experience creative blocks at some point in their careers. Is blocking a defect, a benefit, or simply the normal irregularity that results from hand craftsmanship? This hands-on workshop will help participants identify behavior and triggers that lead to blocking, and will provide exercises and interventions that can help resolve short-term and long-term creative blocks. This is not psychotherapy: it’s tricks of the trade.

Schedule:
Class meets 4 times, M, T, W, Th, July 20-July 23, from 4:30-6:00 PM PDT
90 minute sessions

Eileen Gunn headshotAbout the instructor:
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer, essayist, and editor, the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014).  Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential SF magazine on the Web, 2001-2008. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is at http://www.eileengunn.com/.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon! 

Finding Hope in Dark Dystopia with Marlee Jane Ward


Finding Hope in Dark Dystopia with Marlee Jane Ward

Some additional room has been made available for this event! Register here to join the session.


How can you write a dystopia when you’re living in one? Dystopian fiction once explored what might happen if we did not diverge from our current path, so what happens when we’re already there? Dystopia might seem like the last thing anyone wants to read right now, but this workshop explores how we can use the form to examine a way out. Focusing on community, mutual aid and support, let’s discuss how to use this powerful genre to model solutions for a more equitable future. Schedule: Saturday, July 11, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT

About the instructor: Marlee Jane Ward is a reader, writer and professional weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She is a Clarion West alum (2014), and the author of Welcome To Orphancorp, which won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for YA Fiction and the Viva La Novella prize. Her short fiction is published at Apex, Terraform, Aurealis, Interfictions and more. She writes non-fiction under the name Mia Walsch, and her memoir, Money For Something, will be released in July.

The lottery form will be available Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17 in the Write-a-thon Slack Page Welcome Channel.

By participating in any activity available in the Write-a-thon, you are agreeing to our Write-a-thon Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines. Thank you! We look forward to writing with you this summer!

Free and Online for everyone. 

Want to donate toward the cost of your class? 

Or consider sponsoring a writer in the Write-a-thon and helping them meet their fundraising goals!

Clarion West is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, all of your donations go to support more programs like these for emerging writers in speculative fiction. Please consider making a donation in support of the Write-a-thon!