2022 Three-Day Critique Workshop

WHEN: July 15, 2022 @ 9:30 am – July 17, 2022 @ 3:00 pm (all times are PST)

COST: $275

WHERE: Fairfield Inn and Suites, Bremerton, WA
Hotel rate is $139 U.S. per night (taxes and fees additional)
Click here to make your reservations

NOTE: Proof of Covid Vaccination Required for the Three-Day Critique Workshop, July 15-17, 2022. Please bring your proof of vaccination to check-in as it is required for participation in our workshop for all registrants, volunteers, speakers and staff. Cascade Writers will also follow all mask ordinances, requirements, and guidance from the State of Washington, Kitsap County, the City of Bremerton and the Fairfield Inn and Suites. 

CONTACT: Mindi Welton-Mitchell – info@cascadewriters.com

Our Three-Day Critique Workshop is an opportunity for you to submit the first 4000 words of your novel, short story, or whatever project you are working on, for critique in a group of up to 8 peers led by an industry professional. This is a great way to polish up those first pages and first chapter. Submissions are due six weeks before the event via our Discord channel. Registrants will receive login information a few weeks before submissions are due. There will also be opportunity to pitch to an agent, as well as one-hour workshops and panel presentations on craft, querying, the publishing industry, and more. Optional casual gatherings provide opportunities to get to know other writers as well as authors, editors, and agents.

Current speakers for the 2022 workshop include


Click here to register

Scholarships are available for this workshop. Click here for more information.

2022 Speakers

headshot of Elsa Sjunneson
photo credit Lis Mitchell, 2021

Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind author and editor living in Seattle, Washington. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been praised as “eloquence and activism in lockstep” and has been published in dozens of venues around the world. She has been a Hugo Award finalist seven times, and has won Hugo, Aurora, and BFA awards for her editorial work. When she isn’t writing, Sjunneson works to dismantle structural ableism and rebuild community support for disabled people everywhere. Her debut memoir, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism, releases in October of 2021 from Tiller Press. Go to top

headshot of Diana Pho
photo credit Gerry O’Brien

Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-nominated fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Diana currently works as Story Producer at Realm developing unique and cutting-edge science fiction and fantasy podcasts.

Books she has edited have won the Thriller Award (A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, for Best Young Adult), the Ditmar Award (Thoraiya Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy, for Best Novel), the American Library Association’s Alex Award (P. Djeli Clark’s The Black God’s Drums), the Nebula Award (P. Djeli Clark’s Ring Shout, for Best Novella), and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year Selection (Marie Miranda Cruz’s Everlasting Nora, for Middle Grade). Several of her books earned Junior Library Guild Selections, multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Kirkus, and are finalists for the Nebula Award, Lambda Literary Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult. Diana herself is a finalist for the Ignyte Award and the Locus Award for her editorial work, and a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor, Long-Form, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of speculative fiction.

You can find her on Twitter @writersyndrome and learn more about her on her website. Go to top

headshot of Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her 2018 works include Hearts of Tabat (novel, WordFire Press) and the 3rd edition of nonfiction Creating an Online Presence for Writers. She is the current President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and her popular online school, The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, see http://www.kittywumpus.net. Go to top

Christie Yant writes and edits science fiction and fantasy in the American mid-west. She worked as an assistant editor for Lightspeed Magazine from its launch in 2010 through 2015, and, in 2014 she edited the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed, which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. She is the co-editor of four anthologies, and a consulting editor for Tor.com’s line of novellas. Her own fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton),  Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9, and Wired.com. Go to top

headshot of Laurie McLean
Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million-dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013 with her business partner Gordon Warnock. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult and adult genre fiction including romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, and westerns. Laurie is also the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its 18th year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies that she eventually sold: Joyride Books for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books. Find out more at FuseLiterary.com or on Instagram @fuseliterary, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant. Go to top

Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg is co-Editor-in-Chief at Fantasy Magazine and a 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalist. He is also senior editor at Locus Magazine,associate editor at both Lightspeed & Nightmare Magazines, and a columnist for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He takes on multiple roles, including slush reader, film & book reviewer, and more. He conducts interviews for multiple venues, including Clarkesworld Magazine and his own site: arleysorg.com. Arley grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado, and studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, CA but can sometimes be found on Twitter as @arleysorg. In non-pandemic times, Arley usually writes in local coffee shops. He is a 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate. Go to top

Laura Anne Gilman spent 15 years as an editor for major New York publishers, the last seven heading up the SF/F imprint Roc for Penguin USA. She currently works as a freelance editor/copywriter.

Laura Anne Gilman

As a writer, her work ranges from the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War epic fantasy trilogy to the SFnal/horror collection DRAGON VIRUS, and the popular “Cosa Nostradamus” urban fantasy series, while her short fiction has appeared more than 40 anthologies and magazines. Her new novel, SILVER ON THE ROAD, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Saga Press in Autumn 2015.

Ms. Gilman also writes the “Gin and Tonic” mysteries under the name L.A. Kornetsky.

You can learn more at www.lauraannegilman.net. Go to top