2022 Workshop

Applications for Clarion are currently closed. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 class has been delayed until Summer 2022. Applications will open again in Fall 2022.

Please see below for an update from Karen Joy Fowler, President of the Clarion Foundation:

Dear Friends of the Clarion Workshop,

We hope that you and your loved ones have been faring well during these continuously unpredictable times.

It is with great disappointment that we share the postponement of the next Clarion Workshop to 2022. Last year, we wrote to many of you that safety was the primary factor driving our decision to postpone the workshop, especially because of the travel it would require of our students and instructors. That remains true. We also continue to believe that much of what makes Clarion special would be lost in the process of moving online. Although we know by now that distance learning is certainly possible, per last year’s note, “Clarion is a residential workshop, and a significant part of its magic is the space and time it allows students to fully dedicate their days to writing—not to mention living with 18 other writers, similarly excited to shape their craft.” We explored every possible option to both deliver the full Clarion workshop experience and keep our community of writers and instructors safe, but as everyone is aware, challenges with the covid-19 pandemic persist.

We shared this news ahead of time with our Clarion Class of 2020, whom you may also know as the Clarion Ghost Class. We are eager to work with this incredibly talented group of writers, and until next summer will be collaborating with them to help hone their craft and prepare them for the workshop experience and the broader publishing landscape.

Supporting the Ghost Class will be our focus, but we are also working on initiatives to continue building out our Clarion community. We started this last summer by offering our Clarion Conversations series, and are exploring other avenues to further drive our mission and provide a stable foundation for workshop operations.

We know this raises several questions, such as whether we will be opening any application slots for next year and what we will be doing in the meantime. Top of mind for us is finding more alumni volunteers to assist with specific needs in communications, outreach, and fundraising. We’ll provide more updates as plans develop, but in the meantime, if you have any concerns, please get in touch with myself or our Clarion coordinator Patrick Coleman at clarion@ucsd.edu.

We thank you for your continued support, and no matter where you are, we send you best wishes for a safe, healthy year.

Karen Joy Fowler
Clarion Foundation President


CLARION 2020 Information (for reference only; delayed due to the pandemic)

June 21, 2020 – August 1, 2020

Application Period
December 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020 (11:59pm Pacific)

Notification of Acceptance
February 2020 – April 2020

Tuition and Housing Fees Due
Two weeks after acceptance

Scholarships Awarded
March – April (read more)

Withdraw with Full Refund
April 30

Waitlisted Applicants Accepted
April 15 – June 5 (as spaces open)


In order to foster the group bonding that is part of the Clarion experience, it is mandatory that students reside in Clarion housing. Students stay in college apartments. Each participant has a private bedroom in a three-student apartment with a shared bathroom. Laundry facilities are conveniently located.

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The UC San Diego campus offers a bookstore, coffee houses, a post office, several convenience stores, recreation facilities, fast-food eateries, and an upscale restaurant. Beaches and shopping centers can be reached on foot or by public transportation. Students who bring their cars will be given a permit for parking on campus. Summer temperatures in San Diego are normally 70-80°F, dry and comfortable.

Check-in time at the housing facility is 2pm Sunday. Check-out time is 12pm Saturday. Information about nearby hotels will be provided for students who would like to arrive early or stay late.


The workshop is funded partially by student fees and partially by donations to the Clarion Workshop at UC San Diego, hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and the Clarion Foundation (the workshop’s parent organization). Donations are tax deductible. Workshop fees are payment for services and are not tax deductible.

The workshop fees are as follows:

APPLICATION FEE: $55 for applications submitted by February 15; $70 thereafter. The fee is non-refundable and is due with the application.

WORKSHOP FEE (Tuition, Room, and Board): The 2020 tuition is $5,150, and is payable by cashier’s check made out to “UC Regents” two weeks after communication of acceptance to the workshop. The fee includes the semi-private accommodations described above and two meals a day, seven days a week, at a college dining facility. The room and board period begins at 2pm on the first day of the workshop and ends at 2pm on the last day. If scholarship has been allocated, the amount will be reduced from the total fee.

The workshop fee is fully refundable if the participant withdraws in writing by the deadline specified at the top of this page. We may be able to refund part or all of the workshop fee after the deadline if someone on our waitlist agrees to take the space. There will be no refunds after June 5.


San Diego is a premier tourist destination. You may want to budget for visits to attractions such as Comic-Con, the San Diego Zoo, the La Jolla Playhouse, and The Old Globe Theatre. Although the campus is served by public transportation, we recommend you bring your personal vehicle if you can. As a university community, there are highly available taxi and ride-sharing services.

Campus parking permits can be purchased at an additional charge. Internet access will be provided at no charge. There is an optional fee of approximately $55 a month for the use of campus recreation facilities and pools, payable upon arrival at Clarion.


Scholarships and other financial assistance are available through both UC San Diego and the Clarion Foundation. You may apply by completing the scholarship section of the workshop application. Awards are based on a combination of merit and financial need. Most scholarships are in the range of $500-$1500.