Events

Our calendar includes a wide range of literary events.
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Feb
3
Sat
2018
NaNoWhatNow? @ Queen Anne Baptist Church
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

NaNoWhatNow? A one-day workshop for novelists seeking to step up, on Queen Anne!

Have you made it through NaNoWriMo with a completed novel, a pretty good draft, or maybe just something that you hope for? This workshop will show you the next step for a completed novel, and give you some tips on how to complete one. Come listen to agent Rachel Letofsky, Elliott Kay, and SFWA president and novelist Cat Rambo as they discuss the ins and outs of revising a long work, submitting to agents and editors, or self-publishing a novel in the increasingly varied markets of 2017/2018. Come ready to pitch, edit, or just learn how to get a rough draft to a finished product.

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**This event is being held at a church, which means that there is street parking only. The church is ADA compliant, so there will be disabled parking for those that need it. We are also able to bring food in as long as we clean up afterward. There are several restaurants close by and a Trader Joes and Safeway.**

 

Schedule:
10-11:30 Rachel Letofsky presentation
11:30-12:30 First half of a craft presentation by Cat Rambo
12:30-1:30 Lunch (featuring an assignment by Cat!)
1:30-2:30 Second half of a craft presentation by Cat
2:30-4:00 Indie pub/Self-pub presentation by Elliott Kay and pitches to Rachel
4:00-5:00 Q&A with just Rachel
5:00-6:00 Q&A with all participants

 

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’sClarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her 2017 publications include Neither Here Nor Here (collection, Hydra House), Altered America: Steampunk Stories (Plunkett Press), and the updated edition of Creating an Online Presence for Writers, while her second novel, Hearts of Tabat, appears from Wordfire Press in early 2018.  For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see http://www.kittywumpus.net

Rachel Letofsky is a graduate of both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 and is currently an Associate Agent. She frequently travels throughout Canada and the US to various writer’s festivals and literary events such as Bloody Words, PNWA, CanSCAIP, SiWC, VWF, NorthWords, Willamette Writer’s Conference, MUSE and the Marketplace and Quick Brown Fox Writer’s Workshops to take part in quick-pitch sessions, moderate panels and host workshops for authors. She has been a judge for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction since its inception in 2013 and acted as a judge for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Awards of 2015.
 
Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky and life affirming. Rachel is particularly committed to working with previously unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.

 

Elliott Kay considered his writing a hobby until a couple of experiments with self-publishing quickly eclipsed his day job. His first sci-fi novel, Poor Man’s Fight, spent a month in Amazon’s top ten sci-fi rankings without traditional advertising or marketing. PMF and its sequel have since been re-launched by Skyscape, Amazon’s YA & New Adult imprint. His other works include steamy and comedic urban fantasy. Check out his website at Elliottkay.com.

 

 

Jul
20
Fri
2018
Three-day Intensive Writing Workshop 2018 @ La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm

Milford-Style critiques, an agent, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing, and more! Join us for our three-day event this July! Up so far is editor and author John Joseph Adams, author Christie Yant, agent DongWon Song, author Spencer Ellsworth, author Randy Henderson, author John J.A. Pitts, author David D. Levine, author Rachael K. Jones, author Joseph Brassey, author Jaime O. Mayer, author Mindi Welton-Mitchell, and author Liz Coleman. More to come!

** Programming is almost complete and will be uploaded soon! To see detailed programming at our past events, please click the Past Workshops link above. Hope to see you this July!

Register Here!

Need a scholarship? Apply for the Reed Marginalized Voices Scholarship or SWOC Scholarship today!

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. Stories will need to be uploaded to the proboard by JUNE 20TH. Registration Chair will be sending out instructions for the proboard in the next couple of weeks. 

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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WORKSHOP LEADERS GIVING CRITIQUES

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Crit Group One
John Joseph Adams, Editor, Author
Christie Yant, Author
Crit Group Two – Led solely by DongWon
DongWon Song, Agent
Crit Group Three
Rachael Jones, Author
Spencer Ellsworth, Author
Crit Group Four
Randy Henderson, Author
John (J.A.) Pitts, Author

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

David D. Levine, Author
Liz Coleman, Author
Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Author
Jaime O. Mayer, Author
Joseph Brassey, Author