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Switch It Up! with Tina Connolly, Alex C. Renwick, and Kate Ristau
Got a piece of writing you’ve been looking at so long you’re not sure what you’re doing anymore? Find yourself stuck at a literary impasse? Maybe you’re just feeling burnt out in general and wondering where the good times went. Bring your literary darlings for a play date with Tina, Alex, and Kate and have a little fun with form and function. Refocus on what you really love about your storyline, characters, or plot by building castles with us for a day in a whole different sandbox than the one you’ve been working in. Turn your elevator pitch into a haiku, your short story into song lyrics, your novel into a comic strip. Rewrite your hardcore urban fantasy novel synopsis as a gritty western, or pretend your space opera is a furry love story. We’ll free up those creative juices and find you a new way of looking at, thinking about, or honing your writing. Business, branding, rules — blah, blah, blah. Let’s make creating stories fun again and bring back the joy. This is a day to remember how much we love what we’re doing, and why.
Tina, Alex, and Kate are working out schedules and details currently, but each author will lead a series of creative exercises aimed at bringing new inspiration to your writing by using other disciplines and writing styles. (Art, performance, poetry, etc.) Keep checking back for more details!
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her books have been nominated for the Nebula and the Norton. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more, and are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’The End is Nigh series, and more. She is one of the co-hosts of Escape Pod, and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her novels, Clockbreakers and Shadow Girl are now available from Indigo Sea Press. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in Oregon with her husband, her son, and her dog.
We are still building our list of leaders and speakers for our June 2017 event, but there will be critiques by pros and pitch sessions by an agent this year! This is for early registration. More details to come! To see a sample of last year, click here.
We are pleased to announce that for this event, the Reed Diversity Scholarship will also include two nights of hotel and a $75 food stipend! Please see rules and apply!
Submissions: This is a Milford-Style critique. You will be critiqued by your fellow group members and leader, and you’ll be critiquing their submissions as well. Word count of 4k max, submissions need to be in standard manuscript format, and if you submit a chapter that isn’t the first, please include a brief synopsis. Novel chapters or short stories welcome. Submissions due by May 25, 2017. Registration will be in touch with how to submit closer to the due date.
Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites1425 E. 27th Street Tacoma, WA 98421 – (253) 383-0146 (Ext. 6 for reservations) – La Quinta Tacoma.
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