As speculative writers, our work resonates with gossip in the art and practice of embellishment. It requires imagination that is willing to believe all the possibilities and to hold space for multiple truths. Referencing Kei Miller’s Augustown, Rivers Solomon’s The Deep, and other Black and Indigenous oral traditional stories of mythology, this class will examine what it means to sit with the stories told in conversation and consider them just as valid as written documentation of “the facts.” We will analyze how communities carry specific versions of history in their telling of past events. We will then incorporate that into our own worldbuilding and hold space for alternative archives in the stories we create.


This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 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.