Clarion Workshop

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Clarion is a six-week workshop for 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[1] at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. Knight and Wilhelm were among the first teachers at the workshop.[2] In 1972 the workshop moved to Michigan State University.[3] 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.[3] The Clarion Foundation was responsible for the move.

Clarionites at Play (photograph by Keyan Bowes)

Other Clarion Workshops[edit]

Independently-operated workshops which share the Clarion name and follow its founding principles include:

  • Clarion West Writers Workshop, founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971. It has been held annually since 1984.
  • Clarion South Writers Workshop was held at Griffith University 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, Clarion South organizers announced that future workshops were "on hold indefinitely."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wright, Anders (May 2008). "Project Triton: New Sci-Fi Colony". UCSD Alumni. UCSanDiego. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ a b Barry Jagoda, "Top Science Fiction Writers' Program Comes to UC San Diego", This Week at UCSD, December 18, 2006 [1]
  4. ^ "Workshop Update". Clarion South. March 2011. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. 

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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