Weird westerns are usually anchored in the horror and science fiction genres. Students of this workshop will learn about the history of weird westerns and identify characteristics of the genre through reading and discussion. We’ll cover how to do research to provide the foundation for your own weird western story and then help you get a start in constructing it.

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $75 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 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.