Website Clarion West

Status: Part-time hire for 2022

Location: Seattle, WA

Reports to: Residential Workshop Coordinator

Salary: $28-35/hour, commensurate with experience


About Clarion West








Overall Responsibilities

The Workshop Facilitator provides leadership within the residential programs through workshop facilitation; engagement with instructors, participants, and staff; helps develop and plan all Clarion West critique-based workshops; helps to train staff and instructors; and helps update methods and materials. This position has a strong focus on excellence, equitable and inclusive practices, and establishing an inclusive workshopping culture within all Clarion West programs.


This is a part-time position for 2022 with the possibility of extension. The position will allow for a combination of remote and in-person job duties, variable work hours, and occasional evenings and weekends. The right person can be based outside of Seattle, but must be able to attend all in-person workshops as scheduled. The Workshop Facilitator reports to the Residential Workshop Coordinator.


Clarion West will not consider applicants for the 2022 Six-Week Workshop for this role at this time.


General Facilitation

  • Identify and introduce equitable and inclusive practices to Clarion West’s programs, specifically around Clarion West’s in-person workshops, applications, instructor selection and training, and critiquing methods.
  • Develop and plan workshop methods appropriate for Clarion West’s programming (with an emphasis on the six-week summer workshop)
  • Serve as a resource year-round for CW programs
  • Plan and communicate with instructors to facilitate high-quality critique-based workshops
  • Train and/or provide guidance on new training opportunities, reading materials, and best practices for instructors and staff in updated critique models
  • Work closely with the workshop coordinator to plan communication with instructors, students, and other staff, including facilitation skills, training, and workshop methods.
  • With the workshop team, help identify instructors for CW programming
  • Review and assist the Residential Workshop Coordinator in ensuring best practices for student application language, website information pages, marketing language, program evaluation, and other aspects as needed.


Six-Week Workshop Facilitation

  • Maintain and update workshop and critique descriptions sent to students and instructors
  • Facilitate class from 9am to 12pm, five days a week, during the six-week workshop every summer from June-July
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of new workshop methods
  • Be a resource to students and instructors during the workshop
  • Redirect instructors if needed (for example, if an instructor loses track of time)
  • Be an ally to students, ensuring authors are able to lead their workshops and get what they need from the sessions
  • Read student stories and be prepared to address potential sources of conflict
  • Assist in mediating classroom disputes
  • Have availability for one-on-one or small-group meetings with students during residential programs.
  • Co-facilitate occasional small and large group learning opportunities with additional content as necessary with the instructors and/or workshop staff
  • Review, help design, and assist in maintenance and administration of workshop data, surveys, evaluations, and related information helpful for the design and administration of the workshop


Additional Qualities & Experience

Clarion West will consider applicants who do not meet all criteria but are willing to build in training and are a good fit for our organization.

  • Well-informed in educational/pedagogical fields as to updated practices, especially in relationship to creative writing, inclusive and welcoming classrooms, and alternative forms of critique workshops
  • Feels comfortable stepping into a critique circle when needed to help diffuse a situation, or facilitate an important discussion.
  • Knows when to step into a critique session to help the instructor.
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to work with both students and instructors/staff
  • Awareness of classroom dynamics, use of content notes, potential microaggressions
  • Willingness to learn from the group/students
  • Patience
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Prior experience in facilitating workshops and working with diverse groups
  • Background or interest in speculative fiction a plus



  • Master’s Degree in English, Creative Writing, Humanities, or related strongly preferred
  • Certificate or relevant experience in facilitation for diverse groups
  • History of education/training in the areas of writing, critique programs, adult/continuing education programs


Application Process

To be considered for this opportunity, submit a letter of interest outlining your qualifications for the position and a resume to Please include your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments to your email and list the position title in the subject line of the email.



Benefit package includes: sick leave and paid time off after the first three months.


Closing Date

Open until filled


Variable hours/seasonal

This is a part-time position with variable hours between 5-15 hours per month January-May and August-December and 150-200 hours during the Six-Week Workshop between June-July.


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