I AM NOT A LEGAL PROFESSIONAL. But I have been selling fiction to various markets since 2006, and along the way I’ve learned some important lessons about negotiating with publishers. Which rights should you sign away? What clauses should you absolutely refuse? How much should you push back if an editor doesn’t want to negotiate? Every situation will be different, but I’ll offer some guidelines for figuring out what you’re comfortable with when selling your own work. (Full disclosure: I am the current Secretary of the Board for SFWA and my responsibilities include qualifying professional markets.)

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $0 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to 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.