Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop 2017

June 25 – August 5, 2017

The 2017 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2017 on the campus of UC San Diego. Established in 1968, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others. For more information about Clarion, please visit

This year's instructors are:

Dan Chaon photo  Lynda Barry photo  Nalo Hopkinson photo  Cory Doctorow photo    C C Finlay photo  Rae author photo mdp

Dan Chaon:

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington PostChicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

Lynda Barry:

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is assistant professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison. Barry is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook's Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. She is the author of The Freddie Stories, One! Hundred! Demons!The! Greatest! of! Marlys!Cruddy: An Illustrated NovelNaked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor's Award. She has written two bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author; and Picture This.

Nalo Hopkinson:

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. She has written and published nine books of fiction and a number of short stories, including Falling in Love with Hominids, Sister Mine, The New Moon's Arms, Brown Girl in the Ring, and The Chaos, a young adult novel. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, specializing in the literatures of the fantastic, such as science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, and is a member of a faculty research cluster in Science Fiction.

 Andrea Hairston:

Andrea Hairston is author of Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the 2011 Tiptree and Carl Brandon Awards, and Mindscape, winner of the Carl Brandon Award. Lonely Stardust, a collection of essays and plays, was published in 2014. Her latest play, Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre, appears in Geek Theater15 Plays by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers. Her third novel, Will Do Magic For Small Change came out in May 2016. "Griots of the Galaxy," a short story, appears in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future. A novelette, “Saltwater Railroad,” was published in July 2015 by Lightspeed Magazine. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In her spare time, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.

Cory Doctorow:

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His next novel, a book for adults, is Walkaway, which Tor Books will publish in April 2017. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

C.C. Finlay

C.C. Finlay is the new editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, where he’s published stories that have been selected for numerous Year's Best collections and award lists. He’s also the author of four novels and dozens of stories. His fiction has been translated into fifteen languages and nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and other awards. He has taught creative writing for Clarion, the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers, and the Odyssey Online Writing Classes. He served as the administrator and resident editor for the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, and he founded the Blue Heaven Workshop for writing novels. He recently moved to Arizona with his wife, Rae Carson.  

Rae Carson

Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of young adult fantasy and historical novels. Her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, won the Ohioana Award and was selected to YALSA’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. It was a finalist for the William Morris Award, the Cybils Award, and the Andre Norton Award. She is also the author of Walk on Earth a Stranger, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Spur Award for Western Juvenile Fiction. Her books have been translated all over the world. When she’s not writing or playing Xbox, she’s out speaking at schools, conferences, and workshops. She lives in Arizona with her husband, C.C. Finlay.