Clarion West was founded in 1971, modeled after the original 1968 Clarion Workshop founded in 1968 at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Clarion itself was based on the Milford Writer’s Workshop started by Damon Knight in the 1950s in Milford, PA. The workshops support science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction writers.
I’ve been a science fiction fan since I was in elementary school, starting with Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. The novel Flowers for Algeron (Daniel Keyes) shaped a middle school science project (our male hamster was named Algernon).
And I’ve been associated (as a volunteer) with CW for a few years, thanks to my friend Karen Anderson.
I’ve joined more than 300 other writers who are supporting the workshop (which includes Neil Gaiman in this year’s instructor corps). I’m working on an ebook for educators (higher ed and high school). It would be great if you would support great writing by sponsoring me or one of the other writers this year. The Write-A-Thon is a major part of the organization’s income.