Clarion Workshop

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Clarion is a six-week workshop for new and aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. Originally an outgrowth of Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm's Milford Writers' Conference, held at their home in Milford, Pennsylvania, USA, it was founded in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. Knight and Wilhelm were among the first teachers at the workshop.[1] In 1972 the workshop moved to Michigan State University.[2] In 2006, the Clarion Writers Workshop moved from Michigan State University to the University of California at San Diego, ironically putting it as far west as the Clarion West Writers Workshop.[2] The Clarion Foundation was responsible for the move.

Clarionites at Play (photograph by Keyan Bowes)

Clarion South Writers Workshop was held in Brisbane Australia. It was founded in 2004 and ran biennially. In 2009, Clarion South lost its venue. Although the workshop was held that year, the organizers have had difficulty finding a new home for the workshop. In March 2011, they announced that future Clarion South workshops were "on hold indefinitely."

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  1. ^ Wilhelm, Kate, Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, Small Beer Press, 2005 ISBN 978-1-931520-16-4
  2. ^ a b Barry Jagoda, "Top Science Fiction Writers' Program Comes to UC San Diego", This Week at UCSD, December 18, 2006 [1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Wilhelm, Kate (2005). Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop. Small Beer Press. ISBN 1-931520-16-X. 
  • Knight, Damon (March 1990). "I Remember Clarion". Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 14 (3): 20–28. 

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