Six weeks. Infinite possibilities.

June 21 – July 31, 2020

Update (8/7) : It’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Write-a-thon. This year, we hosted a record-breaking 545 participants from all over the world, and together we raised $22,377 for the future of speculative fiction. If you missed any of the Summer Reading Series, you can find recordings here. We’ve also made our inspirational weekly craft talks available online here.

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:


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.


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.


Join the Write-a-thon community

(use the #writeathon hashtag)


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.


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. 


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