Intertwining radical political thought and speculative fiction is hard, yet so many of us now live lives against the predominant system and want to express that, if not promote it, in our writing. Anarchist activist and author Margaret Killjoy has long struggled with that problem and has talked with dozens of authors about how to walk the line between pedantry and entertainment.

In this class, students will learn how to write about anarchists, protestors, outlaws, and other rebels–and how to avoid stereotyping or misrepresenting these characters.

This class is appropriate for writers at all levels, but will especially be focused on beginning and intermediate authors.


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.

By participating in any Clarion West activity, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct, the Clarion West Harassment Policy, and our Zoom Guidelines.

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.