Clarion Workshop

Clarion Workshop

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 Milford, Pennsylvania , United States, 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 . It moved again, in 2006, to the University of California, San Diego . [3]

Other Clarion Workshops

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

  • Clarion West Writers Workshop , founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by Vonda N. McIntyre . 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 was lost, but the workshop was held that year. In March 2011, Clarion South organizers announced that future workshops were “on hold indefinitely.” [4]

See also

  • List of Clarion Writers Workshop Instructors
  • List of Clarion Writers Workshop Alumni
  • List of South Clarion Writers Workshop Instructors


  1. Jump up^ Wright, Anders (May 2008). “Project Triton: New Sci-Fi Colony” . UCSD Alumni . UCSanDiego . Retrieved 6 September 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ Wilhelm, Kate,Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop,Small Beer Press, 2005ISBN 978-1-931520-16-4
  3. Jump up^ Barry Jagoda,”Top Science Fiction Writers’ Program Comes to UC San Diego”,This Week at UCSD, December 18, 2006
  4. Jump up^ “Workshop Update” . Clarion South . March 2011. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013.