The Clarion Foundation has received an anonymous donation of $100,000, which will be used to launch an endowment fund designed to secure a permanent future for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, held annually at the University of California, San Diego. Founded in 1968, Clarion has taught numerous authors and has sparked several offshoots.
Leonard Pung (b.1961) died on September 3 from complications with leukemia. Pung attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2009. He had taught middle school English and was trying to start a freelance writing career. Clarion has established a scholarship fund in his name.
Lister Matheson (b.1949) died on January 19. Matheson served as director for Clarion East and worked at Michigan State University as a professor of English and Medieval Studies. Matheson’s works include Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints, and Robin Hood: The Early Poems, 1465-1560, Texts, Contexts, and Ideology.
Following the sale of the Griffith University facilities Clarion South used up until 2009, the writers workshop has had difficulty finding a suitable venue at a reasonable cost to hold the intensive writers program. The organizers had hoped to hold it again in 2012, but have determined that they won’t be able to and have placed the program on hold indefinitely, with the hope that it will continue at some point.
The instructors for the 2011 Clarion Writers Workship have been announced. Each year, Clarion, a high intensity, six-week workshop, is taught by some of the biggest names in the science fiction community.
Week One: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Week Two: John Scalzi
Week Three: Elizabeth Bear
Week Four: David Anthony Durham
Week Five and Six: John Kessel and Kij Johnson