Since 2010, I have served as Director of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UCSD. Founded in 1968, Clarion moved to UCSD in 2007 and is now a part of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Clarion is crucial to my research, teaching, and public humanities work, especially my efforts to build bridges across divisions and disciplines and confront difficult interdisciplinary topics such as climate change, racial justice, and the work we all need to do in imagining and creating the future.
Each year Clarion receives hundreds of applications from all over the world and a panel of writers and scholars selects 18 students. In recent years, students have ranged in age from 20 to 50 and come from the Philippines, Singapore, Canada, Italy, Finland, Iran, Australia, England, Spain, and across the US. For six weeks at UCSD in the summer, from late June through early August, 6 famous science fiction writers and editors join us to teach research and craft to the students, most of whom write a new story each week that we all critique together. While our faculty and students are creative writers, their interests are interdisciplinary. In addition to using interdisciplinary research in their fiction, many Clarion students have day jobs as scientists, social justice workers, educators, software engineers, filmmakers, and other occupations for which interdisciplinary research is crucial. Throughout the year, UCSD benefits from Clarion's presence when the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination hosts public and student-centered events with special guests such as George R. R. Martin, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, and Kim Stanley Robinson.
Find out more about Clarion here on the Clarion website
Here is a link to the Clarion Workshop Archives at UCSD.
From Jeff Vandermeer's blog, here is a list of some of the best sentences written by each writer at Clarion 2014.
Every brilliant piece of writing advice from Clarion 2012 by Sam Miller can be found here.
Here is Haralambi Markov's "What Clarion Means to a Minority Writer"
Here is Lauren Naturale's "4 Reasons to Apply to Clarion Right Now"
"UC San Diego’s Clarion Workshop Teaches Promising Sci-Fi, Fantasy Talent," KPBS, 19 July 2017.
Theodore McCombs, "A Clarion Field Report"