Clarion West Seeks New Home

The Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle WA is looking for new facilities:

Clarion West has a long history of partnering with universities and organizations in the Seattle area to house the Six-Week Workshop. As we’ve honed in on what our students need for their workshop experience and focused on affordability, equity, and accessibility, the number of potential partners has narrowed. Even before the pandemic, we couldn’t secure a long-term agreement for housing.

Since 2020, several of our area housing partners have closed or consolidated. Dormitory housing has gotten even more expensive. After an exhaustive search, the organization is still unable to find a housing partner. We have a deadline of December 16, 2022, for confirming a location or deciding to run a virtual workshop in 2023. 

They’re asking the writing community to help, with these suggestions:

  • Do you know anyone who manages student housing or hospitality accommodations in the greater Seattle area? We’d love to make some deeper connections!
  • We are actively seeking partnerships with other nonprofit organizations in the greater Seattle area with similar missions. Please reach out if you are interested in partnerships or looking for similar housing opportunities.
  • Do you know a developer or city planner who is looking to anchor a new project with a core nonprofit tenant? Please connect us!
  • Are you an investor who is interested in student housing in the University District? The Upsilon House is for sale and is already ADA compliant! We’d love to be your long-term summer tenant.
  • Donations to the Clarion West general fund help the organization build capacity toward a future capital campaign. Please consider making a donation in any amount.
  • If you have any further ideas or want to help in our search, please contact Marnee Chua at

The situation has also led to a delay in the application window: “Due to the ongoing nature of this search, applications for the 2023 Six-Week Workshop will open January 4, 2023.”

For more details, including context and background on the situation, see the Clarion West website.

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