May Newsletter

Updates, Deadlines, & News!

Dear Friends of Cascade Writers,

We have several announcements to make! First, there are still a few slots open for paid memberships to the July 2015 workshop. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so soon!

Opportunities include critiques with a pro, a pitch session with an agent, panels with everything from geography and world-building, Indie and Hybrid vs. Traditional, the editing process, marketing, and much more. We also have a two hour block of time set aside for a free, open to the public portion. Authors will speak in an open discussion on several aspects of writing and there will be an opportunity for book sales and signings.

** Reminder! For those who registered, please make sure you’ve submitted your 1k word sample to, and the deadline for uploading your 3.75k critique file to the proboard is June 15th! If you haven’t signed up for the proboard yet, please do so. If your submission is longer, but the chapter or short story is almost wrapped, you can put a tag of *end of required reading* and then post the rest. Just understand that no one is required to keep reading or critique from there on. Also remember files need to be in standard manuscript format. **

After 12 years of dedication and service, Jorgen and Karen Junker are retiring from Cascade Writers so they can spend more time with children and grandchildren. We deeply thank them both for their years of hard work, and wish them great joy going forward. The CW family wouldn’t be what it is today without the Junkers, so our hats are off to you both!


June 20th event

June 27th event



Worldcon (Sasquan) was gracious enough to give us a club table this year! If you want to stop by and say hello, sign up, ask about future events, or simply update us on your publishing life, we’d love to see you!

February Newsletter

We are excited to announce that we have confirmed our speaker lineup for  the 2015 Cascade Writers Workshop, July 23-26. We’re looking  forward to bringing you a full lineup of workshops, classes, and  one-on-one sessions.

July 22-26, 2015 Workshop in Kent, WA.

VENUE:  Our new location offers free wifi, breakfast, and shuttle from the airport, as well as accessibility and an excellent nightly rate. We’re also much closer to the airport, with several excellent transportation options. For more information on reservations and location, please check out the Ramada Inn in Kent, WA.

In addition to these changes, we are unrolling an expanded calendar of events, with exciting speakers and collaborations with other local SF events.

Thank you for sticking with us, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any point, at

One last thing… If you could all help us out and share events and posts on any of the social media platforms, that would be truly helpful! Facebook is now proud to announce that their reach is completely inorganic, meaning we have to pay to reach even the smallest numbers. The only way around this is to have people sharing our posts, retweeting, etc… We rely a lot on word of mouth, and despite our new partnerships with some libraries, every little bit helps!

Alaina Ewing
President, Cascade Writers.

Scholarship Available: Deadline May 15th

The Cascade Writers Jay Lake Scholarship: This scholarship for a full registration of $250 is funded by Jorgen and Karen Junker and is based on need. Applicants are asked to submit a brief statement of need and a 1000-word writing sample to Please put “Jay Lake Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. Deadline to apply is May 15. The recipient will be decided by a panel of judges made up of Cascade Writers board members. Please do not put your name in the subject line.

Amanda Barry - Newsletter

Amanda Berry

We are pleased to announce that soon, Amanda Barry will be taking over our monthly (and sometimes more frequent) newsletters! She will be sending out registration updates on our paid workshops, free library events, and cosponsored events as well.

Welcome, Amanda!

Our New Partners


We are now partnered with libraries around the Northwest and also with University Bookstore to do events!


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Norwescon was gracious enough to give us a club table this  year! If you want to stop by and say hello, sign up, ask about future  events, or simply update us on your publishing life, we’d love to see  you!