This workshop will cover accessing and organizing research sources, how to “vet” scientific research, how to read a paper, sci-fi idea generation, creating a solid narrative based on a science premise, avoiding the “As you know, Bob” effect in a story, and discussions of current theme, tone, and trends. Writers will not need to produce work during the workshop, but ideally there will be participation via reading, brainstorming, and discussion.

This class will likely be most useful to beginning writers or writers new to sci-fi. The focus will be on short fiction, but concepts will be applicable to longer works.


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.