Teaching Clarion for a Second Time!

Incredible news: I’ve been invited back to teach at Clarion UCSD for a second time!

Selfie of 33-year-old Sam J Miller in a library.
Me as a hungry student in UCSD’s Geisel Library at Clarion 2012

The Clarion Science Fiction Fantasy Writers Workshop changed my life. It made me the writer I am today.

And when I left, I fell into a crippling depression that lasted months.

Because they were the six most magical weeks of my life. I had the chance to study with six of the best writers in the science fiction and fantasy genre – Jeffrey Ford, Delia Sherman, Ted Chiang, Walter Jon Williams, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – to say nothing of my seventeen incredible classmates, with whom I was bonded for life into a super-brood of awesome writerly power and support.

You know how it is. Once you’ve been expelled from the Garden of Eden, everything feels a little bit smaller.

Unlike the Garden of Eden, however, you can return to Clarion – but only if invited as an instructor.

Quiet Stud, 2012-2022.

So I’m completely verklempt to share that I’ll be part of the 2024 faculty at Clarion UCSD. Alongside some of the most magnificent writers in the game! Starting with Jeffrey Ford – my own Clarion instructor! – as well as Matt Bell, Nalo Hopkinson, Isabel Yap, and Alyssa Wong! These are all authors whose work has meant a great deal to me.

I had a wonderful time as an instructor for the Class of 2022, and I am over the moon to have another opportunity to support an awesome cadre of 18 great writers who are figuring out how to tell the stories that will change the world.

If you’re a writer of science fiction or fantasy or horror, and you’ve been looking to take your craft to the next level, Clarion is one way to do it, and I hope you’ll consider applying when applications open in December!!

Images of the four instructors of the 2024 Clarion UCSD writing workshop: Sam J Miller, Jeffrey Ford, Matt Bell, Nalo Hopkinson, Isabel Yap, and Alyssa Wong

Posted on: November 20, 2023, by : Sam J. M.
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