Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Clarion Foundation

  • Menlo Park, CA
  • http://www.theclarionfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The two-fold mission of the Clarion Foundation is to support the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop and to promote the understanding that the literature of speculative fiction benefits our society in ways many have not considered.  The Mission of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop is to identify new writers of speculative fiction with the talent and drive to make a significant contribution to the great conversation that is literature, and to provide them the time, space and mentoring needed to foster that contribution.

Main Programs

  1. Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop

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Service Areas

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International

We provide scholarships to Clarion Writers' Workshop participants from around the world.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2008

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Karen Fowler

Keywords

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writing, workshop, science fiction, fantasy, scholarships

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EIN

20-3114945

 Number

6072604965

Physical Address

2111 Sand Hill Rd

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Also Known As

The Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The annual Clarion
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop provides an intensive six-week,
short-story workshopping experience for 18-20 students, taught by six major
figures in these literary genres.

Each summer, four instructors, teaching weeks one
through four, teach the students in their individual styles under a critiquing
process that has been vetted through 40 years of experience.  Each student produces one story a week,
which is critiqued by the entire group as well as the instructor, and each
student has a one-on-one session with the instructor to discuss their personal
strengths and weaknesses as a writer. 
Weeks 5 and 6 follow the same pattern, except that they are co-taught by
two instructors, allowing the students to begin assimilating the lessons they
have learned and planning for their future as writers.

Programs

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Program 1

Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop

The annual Clarion
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop provides an intensive six-week,
short-story workshopping experience for 18 students, taught by six major
figures in the science fiction and fantasy literary genres.

Each summer, four
instructors, teaching weeks one through four, teach the students in their
individual styles under a critiquing process that has been vetted through 40
years of experience. Each student
produces one story a week, which is critiqued by the entire group as well as
the instructor, and each student has a one-on-one session with the instructor
to discuss their personal strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Weeks 5 and 6 follow the same pattern,
except that they are co-taught by two instructors, allowing the students to
begin assimilating the lessons they have learned and planning for their futures
as writers.

The workshop takes place on the campus of the
University of California, San Diego. Students live full-time in UCSD dormitories for the entire six
weeks. During the same period, we
organize public readings for each of the six instructor/artists at the
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, a well-known location for genre
afficianados. We also organize one
public lecture, bringing together one instructor/artist and one or more UCSD
faculty researchers working in cutting-edge science.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal for this year and moving forward is to raise an endowment that will make our program self-supporting.

    Annually, our top goal is to raise enough scholarship money so that every student who is accepted to the Clarion workshop can afford to attend.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We work with a number of other organizations and individuals who contribute funds for specific scholarships. For example, we work with the Carl Brandon Society to obtain funds for the annual Octavia Butler Clarion Scholarship.

    Clarion alumni conduct various fundraisers with proceeds going toward Clarion scholarships. For example, the annual "Awkward Robots" anthologies compiled, published and sold by the Clarion Class of 2012.

    We conduct our own annual fundraiser, the "Clarion Write-a-Thon," working on the same basic principal as a walk-a-thon. Participants set goals and get pledges for completed written work. Pledges are contributed to the Clarion Foundation.

    We apply to various agencies and foundations for grants annually.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our staff is entirely composed of volunteers, and fundraising is only one part of our mission. We also provide logistical support for the Clarion Workshop, working closely with UCSD and the Clarke Center for Human Imagination to make sure the workshop goes smoothly each year.

    Our board member, James T. Shea, a professional development officer, spends most of his volunteer time writing grants for us. Other board members use their contacts to build relationships with donors and foundations.

    Board member Charles Justin Whitney lends his web design and engineering skills to development of the Write-a-Thon web site. The site is critical to the success of that fundraiser. Treasurer Nancy Etchemendy works closely with him on design and implementation issues.

    We have a crew of volunteers who help with various jobs. Most are Clarion alumni.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our progress correlates directly with the growth of our liquid financial assets.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We received a donation of $100,000 after the end of fiscal year 2014 which is to be used as the foundation of an endowment. We still have substantial work to do if we are to grow the endowment to the $500,000 needed to make the Clarion Workshop self-supporting.
Service Areas

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International

We provide scholarships to Clarion Writers' Workshop participants from around the world.

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Principal Officer

Karen Fowler

BIO

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of four novels and two short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler's previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition,Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was short-listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler's short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.Karen holds an M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley. She has taught at the Clarion workshop multiple times, and has served on the Clarion Foundation board since its inception.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Karen Joy Fowler

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Term: July 2008 -

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