Are you ready to be critiqued by peers and a pro? How about hearing sample pitches, learning how to write a sparkling query letter, and even pitch an agent? Our July workshop is packed with amazing industry pros, with panels on everything from the editing process, approaching a pro, dynamic characters, social media, Indie/Hybrid vs. Traditional publishing, cover design, world building, and more. Cascade Writers is offering a wide range of options. Whether you’re just beginning your journey of the written word, are advanced and looking to polish, or even just network, we are a great community or authors and other pros that support, nourish, and encourage one another. Hope you’ll join us this summer!
Workshop Leaders include: Claire Eddy (Senior Editor, Tor/Forge Books); John (J.A.) Pitts (Author); Shannon Page (Author); Alex C. Renwick (Author); and Mark J. Ferrari (Author).
Workshop Speakers include: Laura Anne Gilman (Editor); Jennifer Azantian (Agent); Randy Henderson (Author); Everett Maroon (Author); Stephanie Bissette-Roark (Author); Sienna Saint-Cyr (Author); Spencer Ellsworth (Author); Lee Moyer (Illustrator); Mir Plemmons (Teacher/Editor/Author);Tom D. Wright (Author); and Matthew Roark (Gamer).
Programming: The July Program is now available!
Location: Ramada Inn in Kent, WA.
Registration is now full.
Still have questions? See our July 2015 Workshop FAQs page.
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CLAIRE EDDY is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for 30 years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Gordon R. Dickson, Fred Saberhagen, and Jack Vance, as well as launching the careers of Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historicals, thrillers and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She’s spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that “third eye” and nudge to accomplish this feat.
Check out his award winning Sarah Beauhall series from Tor books, or his short story collection, Bravado’s House of Blues, from Fairwood Press.
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Shannon Page, Author
Shannon Page’s work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass. Her collection, Eastlick and Other Stories, was published in 2013; novels include Eel River, a hippie horror tale, and the forthcoming Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with Jay Lake and given a starred review by Publishers Weekly. She edited the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches, and is an Acquisitions Editor for Per Aspera Press. Shannon lives with her husband, Mark Ferrari, in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.shannonpage.net.
Mark Ferrari, Author/Artist
Mark J. Ferrari’s first fantasy novel, The Book of Joby, was published by TOR in 2007 and honored as a Booksense Pick, made Booklist’s “Top Ten” for science fiction/fantasy in 2008, was a finalist for the Endeavor Award the same year, and was re-released as a mass market paperback in January of 2012. He has published several short stories in various anthologies since then and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. More info on his art and writing can be found at www.markferrari.com.
Alex C. Renwick, Author
Alex C. Renwick has written dozens of short stories as Camille Alexa, including her award-nominated collection, Push of the Sky. She has edited fiction and poetry for anthologies and magazines, and is a senior reviewer for The Green Man Review. Her noir, weird lit, and cross-genre stories have appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, Fantasy Magazine, and in Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.
Everett Maroon, Author
Everett Maroon is a memoirist, humorist, pop culture commentator, and fiction writer. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and went through an English literature master’s program there. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association and was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett is the author of a memoir, Bumbling into Body Hair, and a young adult novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler, both published by Booktrope Editions. He has an essay, “In a Small Town, Nothing Goes Wrong, in the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, forthcoming from Ooligan Press, and a short story, “Cursed,” in the anthology The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press. He has written for Bitch Magazine, GayYA.org, Amwriting.org, RH RealityCheck, and Remedy Quarterly. He has had short stories published by SPLIT Quarterly and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
Everett lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his partner and two children. He is originally from Hightstown, New Jersey, graduating from McCorristin Catholic High School.
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Laura Anne Gilman, Editor
Laura Anne Gilman spent a 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.
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.
Randy Henderson, Author
1: Starving Artist
Spend a decade putting terrible and inadequate (if sometimes amusing) art in convention art shows.
The next decade as Docent & Naturalist Illustrator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and for the National Zoo.
3: Art and its Direction
The third decade as Art Director for EA, Brand Designer for the Jackson Hole Soda Co., Concept Lead for Hasbro, et al.
4: Freelance (Affordable-lance)
Illustrations and posters for Stephens King and Sondheim, George RR Martin, Tori Amos, Iain M Banks, et al.
The Call of Cthulhu, Spiderman 2, 13th Age and The Doom That Came to Atlantic City.
Collaborations with many best-selling-authors for his trilogy of Literary Pin-Up Calendars.
“But, now that you’re a Famous Artist™, WHAT’S NEXT?”
Lee plans to spend the next year devoting himself to writing and illustrating 3 unique picture books that will showcase the snarky (yet sincere) sensibilities that are his hallmark.
There will be new book covers for Caitlin Kiernan and Andrew Mayer; collaborations with Elaine Lee and Mw Kaluta on Starstruck; theatre posters for Young Frankenstein and The Little Mermaid; more entries in his viral sensation Small Gods, and top-secret projects for Keith Baker and Amanda Palmer will follow.
Look for his art in the new game book ’13 True Ways’ and at the Showcase 100 in London.
Jennifer Azantian, Agent
Jennifer Azantian began her agenting career in 2011, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, after working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened the Azantian Literary Agency specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and smart-psychological horror novels for middle grade, YA, and adult readers. Of particular interest are stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, underrepresented voices, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, non-dystopian/well-crafted futures, internally consistent epic fantasy, and quirky middle-grade. Website: www.azantianlitagency.com Twitter: @jenazantian
Raven Oak, Author
Raven Oak is the author of the bestselling fantasy novel, Amaskan’s Blood, and the
upcoming space operas, Class-M Exile and The Silent Frontier. She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet.
When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.
Raven is currently at work on Amaskan’s War and the sequel to The Silent Frontier.
Spencer Ellsworth, Author
Spencer Ellsworth writes. His work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and many other places. He has won several awards that you probably haven’t heard of, and eaten things he really shouldn’t have. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and three children.
Tom D. Wright, Author
Tom D Wright lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife. When he’s not writing, he works in IT for a prominent IT company in Seattle.
He graduated from Bowie State University with an M.A. in Psychology, so when people call him with an IT problem, he can ask them “And how does that make you feel?”
Tom is also privileged to serve on the board of the Cascade Writers, a writer’s conference dedicated to providing educational seminars and workshops for those interested in writing and publishing original works.
Mir Plemmons, Teacher/Editor/Author
Mir Plemmons’ most recent publication is Deafening Silence published in the anthology Widowmakers. The biggest bragging point Mir claims is the bittersweetness of being first runner up for a $1000 prize in the 2013 Imagining Indigenous Futurisms writing contest. Mir edits for Editors International, Inc., Solstice Publishing, Six Point Press and various small firms. Mir is also an interfaith chaplain who does all sorts of community and disaster volunteering, a (disabled) special education teacher and advocate, and has does other freelance / contract editing and writing. Talk to Mir if you’d like to discuss a project!
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Advocate/Author
Sienna Saint-Cyr authors tales of hidden desires and dark fantasies. Her first erotica short, From Ashes, came out in April of this year. Prior to writing sexy stories, she has written and continues to write science fiction, paranormal, and young adult under her real name.
Along with writing, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for private gatherings on such sex-positive topics as a healthy body image, using sexuality to promote healing, and navigating diverse or nontraditional relationships. She is broadening these horizons with blog posts, videos, and the occasional figure-modeling gig.
Stephanie Bissette-Roark, Author
Stephanie holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in History and a minor in English. She judiciously ignores this when writing and reading speculative fiction. Two close encounters with death in childhood lead to a life-long fascination with the macabre; because of this, she is a writer of horror, fantasy, paranormal romance, and poetry. Her works have been published in two independent anthologies, and on Everydayfiction.com. Her other favorite genres include: soft science-fiction, gothic romance, and alternative history.
When not writing or reading manuscripts, her hobbies include gardening, thrift-store shopping, roleplaying, and adding to her ever-increasing stash of tea. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband, Matthew, and their two wrasslin’ cats.
Matthew Roark, Gamer
Matthew Roark has been roleplaying for over 20 years. His life long obsession with gaming has lead him to participating and running both live action and table top games. When he is not reading the latest indie roleplaying game, he works as a technical architect and computer programmer.
Andrew ‘Andy’ Ainsworth, Author/Photographer
Andrew ‘Andy’ Ainsworth is first and foremost a struggling author, currently slaving away over the revision of his first MS entitled, “A Voice Like Thunder” a second world fantasy survival tale, because quest schmest.
Since writing does not pay his bills, as he suspects it probably never will, he enjoys a fairly lucrative career as a professional photographer. He has several years of experience with new media work, chiefly video production. As co-founder of the online film community filmpunch.org, he has used his skills behind the camera to work with execs from companies like Microsoft and Amazon.
When he is not writing, he’s playing boardgames with friends, or hiking around the idyllic Cascades with his dog, Finn.