2014 Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions About the 2014 Workshop


Q: When is it?
A: July 17-20, 2014

Q: Can you give me a Programming Description?
A: Please click here to see a complete listing.

Q: Where is it?
Kent, Washington, USA. And more specifically, the Ramada Kent, located at 23318 84th Ave. So, Kent, WA 98032. (Please note: the Holiday Inn Kent has turned into a Ramada. Room rates will stay the same as will the contact phone numbers.)

Hotel Area Map

Q: How may seats are available?
In 2014, we’re planning:

  1. 56 seats open for the Full Workshop with critique
  2. 6 seats open for the Full Workshop with a short fiction critique intensive
  3. 38 seats open for Classes Only (no critique or pitch sessions)

Q. How much does it cost?
A: We will have two registration options for 2014:

  1. Full Workshop are $245. This option includes group manuscript critiques, classes and an agent pitch session.
  2. Classes Only are $125. This option includes classes (panels and talks) only.

Q: Can I make payments on my registration fee?
Please contact cascade.writers.reg@gmail.com for alternate payment options. Scholarship information will be available on this website in Spring of 2014.

Q: Who attends the event?
A: Writers at all levels attend our events, from beginners to graduates of Clarion West, Viable Paradise, Taos Toolbox and Rainforest Writers Village.

Q: When does Registration open and close?
Registration for 2014 opens July 28, 2013 and closes June 15, 2014, or when seats are filled. Join our mailing list to be informed of registration updates: http://eepurl.com/wVs0b. Once you’ve registered, you’ll also be invited to join our Yahoo group where we’ll host introductions and other discussions.

Q: Do you need to see or approve my sample before I register? What is it used for?
A: No. You will upload your sample when you fill out the registration form. The purpose of the sample is not to disqualify participants. Instead, we use the sample to ensure groups contain writers of all experience levels.

Q: What is the sample used for?

A: Each person who requests a place in the workshop must submit a 1,000-word writing sample as part of their registration. We select workshop groups based on the writing samples and the genre you expect to workshop in July. Groups will be a mix of beginner writers and more experienced writers.

Q: Do the genre of my sample and my Workshop submission need to be the same?
No. In June, you’ll submit a 3750 word portion of a story or novel for your critique group. This does not need to have any relationship to the sample you send us during your registration.

Q. How do you select the Workshop groups?

A. Using your initial writing sample and the genre of work you intend to workshop, we build groups based on a mix of experience levels and interests. We believe learning how to help other writers is as important as being mentored by others.

Q: And if I have to cancel?
Because we are a non-profit organization with a slim budget, we are not able to offer refunds. However, you may transfer your registration to someone else. Depending on the time of year, we may also be able to assist with transferring registration to members of our waiting list.

Q: Are lodging and meals included?

A: Hotel reservations and meals are NOT a part of your registration fee. You must book your own reservation. To receive our special rate, use their website form, or call the hotel’s front desk (253-395-4300) or the toll free number (1-888-465-4329) and tell them you are with the group “Cascade Writers Workshop.” There are many restaurants around the area. We encourage attendees to meet each other and go out for meals together!

Q: Will there be Wi-Fi at the hotel?
Free Wi-Fi for all your insatiable internet needs, in the guest rooms and lobby.

Q. Do I have to workshop speculative fiction?
A.  Though Cascade Writers has historically been a home for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, we welcome writers of all genres including romance, literary, and all the rest. We are likely not the best venue for workshopping essays or memoir, as our programming simply does not address creative nonfiction at this time.

Q. What if I’m not sure I want to publish traditionally?
A. As the publishing industry changes, we’ll be incorporating more small press and self-publishing programming to our schedule. We’re a fan of writers and writing in all iterations.

Q. What if I don’t write novels?
A. This year, we’ll be offering two exciting options for short fiction writers led by short fiction expert and former editor of 10Flash, K.C. Ball.

  1. Short Story Only Critique Intensive (limit 6 seats) While our regular groups may contain a mixture of novels and short stories and everything in between, this group will focus on short fiction of all genres, delving into some of the issues specific to the form.
  2. 2-Day Flash Fiction Seminar (limit 6 seats) In two three hour sessions over two days, this group will create and critique a full flash fiction piece.  We’ll expect to discuss problems specific to flash fiction of all genres and how to find flash markets.

Q. What if I don’t know anyone else at the event?
A. We were new here once too! We welcome attendees old and new. Hanging out with other writers is a great experience and most of us go home with more new friends and contacts. We’ll have a designated Staff person for you to contact with questions and scheduled time to meet and greet other first timers and alumni alike.

Q. Does Cascade Writers have a Code of Conduct or Harassment Policy?
A. Yes. Please email info@cascadewriters.com for a copy. The Code will also be circulated in your welcome packets at the conference.

Q. You haven’t answered my question!
A. Please contact us at info@cascadewriters.com so that we can help.

2014 Workshop Leaders


Tina Connolly, Author

Alma Alexander, author

Alma Alexander, Author

Beth Meacham, editor

Beth Meacham, Editor

Bree Ogden

Bree Ogden, Agent

David levine

David Levine, Author

Mark Henry, Author

Mark Henry, Author

Lisa Rodgers, Agent

Lisa Rodgers, Agent