Six weeks. Infinite possibilities.

June 21 – July 31, 2020

Update (6/18) : Write-a-thon registration is open. The class lottery is now closed, but you are welcome to join us for affinity groups, writing sprints, and our summer reading series! 
 

Take part in a Clarion West summer tradition:

Anyone, at any level, can join. Please review our community guidelines and code of conduct

Click here for a calendar view of all related events! 

New writers:

Returning writers:

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What is the Write-a-thon?

The Write-a-thon is Clarion West’s six-week-long annual online fundraiser. It’s a time of year we set aside to focus on our wider writing community: participants set writing goals for themselves, create personal Write-a-thon pages, and write!

This year, we’ll be doing something special. We’re offering our Write-a-thon participants early access to exclusive craft talks with our 2020 writing instructors. We’ve also set aside a virtual meeting space for you, and we’re offering online classes on a range of subjects. These classes are free, and will be filled by lottery. You’ll need to sign up to be an official Write-a-thon participant, though, so don’t wait.

As in previous years, you can use the Write-a-thon to set personal goals in writing (or reading!). You can cheer others on, meet fellow writers, and raise funds for Clarion West. The Write-a-thon brings together past CW alumni, instructors, and new friends from around the world in one big happy puddle of writerly support.

All donations for the Write-a-thon go to support Clarion West workshops and outreach programs — we can’t do it without you. If you’re able to help out, our classic Write-a-thon channels still apply. You can announce your writing goals publicly, and friends and family can pledge donations in support. It’s like a walkathon, but with writing. 

Interested? Join in here.

Or check out our FAQ.

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Support the Write-a-thon

By supporting the Clarion West Write-a-thon, you help to ensure that our high quality workshops continue year after year. All sponsorship donations support Clarion West. 

Sponsor a writer
Search for a writer you know, or browse for interesting projects. Your support means the world to us.

Sponsor multiple writers
Want to sponsor multiple writers at once? Include a note with your donation indicating how you would like your donation split, and we’ll take care of it for you. Show support for a whole year of Clarion West alums at once!

Special Opportunities and Rewards
Every year during the Write-a-thon, our community comes up with dozens of special challenges & opportunities. Tuckerizations! Postcards from your writer! Matching donations! Writing critiques! Class challenges! If you’ve always wanted to be redshirted in a work of fiction, you’ll want to check the list here.

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Join the Write-a-thon community

Twitter
(use the #writeathon hashtag)
Facebook

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Donations are accepted via PayPal, credit/debit, or check. Please mail checks to our offices at:

Clarion West
P.O. Box 31264
Seattle, WA 98103-1264

Clarion West is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. Donations to Clarion West are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will receive a thank-you letter with every donation that may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Our Federal EIN is 91-1352168.

You can also send checks to our office:

Clarion West
P.O. Box 31264
Seattle, WA 98103-1264

Donations to Clarion West are tax deductible in the US. Clarion West is a nonprofit educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; our Federal EIN is 91-1352168. Check with your tax advisor for other tax jurisdictions. After you send us your donation you will receive a thank-you letter acknowledging your gift. You can use this letter as a receipt for tax purposes.

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The Clarion West Workshop Team reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to remove anyone from the critique group for not following our Code of Conduct or anti-harassment policies. 

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Interested in sponsoring the Clarion West Write-a-thon? Learn more here.