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Clarion is a six-week workshop for new and aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. It was founded by Robin Scott Wilson at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm were among the first teachers at the workshop. The first was held in 1968.Originally an outgrowth of Knight and Wilhelm's Milford Writers' Conference, held at their home in Milford, Pennsylvania, USA, the workshop was later held every summer at Michigan State University until a 2007 move to University of California, San Diego.

Clarion is a residential workshop, limited to a small group of students. Each of the six weeks is taught by a different professional writer or editor. It is primarily focused on short story writing. However, there are discussions about novel-writing as most of the instructors are successful novelists.

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Clarion at San Diego

Clarionites at Play (photograph by Keyan Bowes)

Clarion moved - effective 2007 - to the University of California, San Diego. The Clarion Foundation is responsible for the move, which has proved very successful. The La Jolla location is within walking distance of the coast and has pleasant summer weather.

The first San Diego session concluded on August 3, 2007. Over 80 students applied for the 19 available positions. The instructors for this "Clarion Revival" session were Gregory Frost, Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer, Karen Joy Fowler, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. Clarionites also had discussions with Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Holder, David Brin and Vernor Vinge. The nine women and ten men ranged in age from 16 to 53, writing everything from hard science fiction through high fantasy, slipstream, and magical realism. Students came from all over the US and Canada, and one participant was from England. Several have had short stories published; others are currently writing novels; and one already had a book contract.

The 2008 session (29 June - August 9, 2008) had as instructors Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Neil Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman.

In 2009 session (28 June through 8 Aug, 2009) instructors were Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park. The 2009 Graduates were Heather Albano, Tiffani Angus-Bodie, Liz Argall, Mishell Baker, Paul Boccaccio, Katie Crumpton, Edward Gauvin, Grady Hendrix, Tanner Jupin, Nina Kuruvilla, Matthew London, Val Nolan, Leonard Pung, Shauna S. Roberts, Kenneth Schneyer, Eric Schultz, Nicholas Stenner, and Nicole Taylor.

The 2010 instructors will be Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Dale Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff VanderMeer, and Ann VanderMeer.

Applications will be accepted from December 1 - March 1. The actual session will be from June 27 - August 7, 2010.

Other Clarion Workshops

  • Clarion South Writers Workshop is held in Brisbane Australia. It was founded in 2004. It currently runs biennially.

Some Clarion instructors

Some Clarion West instructors

Graduates of Clarion, Clarion West and Clarion South include:

Further reading

  • Wilhelm, Kate (2005). Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop. Small Beer Press. ISBN 1-931520-16-X. 

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