The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship enables writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Octavia got her start. It furthers Octavia’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color. In addition to her stint as a student at the original Clarion Writers Workshop in Pennsylvania in 1970, Octavia taught several times for Clarion West in Seattle, Washington, and Clarion in East Lansing, Michigan, giving generously of her time to a cause she believed in.
The first Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarships were awarded in the summer of 2007, and they have been awarded annually each subsequent year at the conclusion of the Clarion and Clarion West Workshops.
In order to become a Butler Scholar you should first apply to one or both of the Clarion Workshops, noting on your application(s) that you wish to be considered for the scholarhip. Applications are accepted from December of the year preceding the workshops till March of the workshop year. If you are accepted as a workshop student, your application materials will be forwarded to the scholarship’s selection committee. To learn more about these workshops, visit the Clarion website and the Clarion West website.