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NaNoWhatNow? A one-day workshop for novelists seeking to step up, on Queen Anne!
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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
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 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
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.
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!
Reg is full.
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 has now sent information on the proboard.
Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites1425 E. 27th Street Tacoma, WA 98421 – (253) 383-0146 (Ext. 6 for reservations) – La Quinta Tacoma.
WORKSHOP LEADERS GIVING CRITIQUES
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Crit Group One
Crit Group Two – Led solely by DongWon
Crit Group Three
Crit Group Four
Right smack in the middle of November, Cascade Writers is here to help you work through your novel troubles. If you’re feeling stuck in the middle, stuck on the rewrite, or unsure of how to be respectful and diverse and marketable, this is the place. Novelists Fonda Lee & Nisi Shawl, and Tor.com submissions wrangler Cory Skerry, will talk about the best ways to draft, revise and get the novel out the door and into publication.
Fonda Lee is the author of Jade City (Orbit), the first book in the Green Bone Saga, which was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, and Syfy Wire, among others. Her young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic) have garnered numerous accolades including being Junior Library Guild Selections, Andre Norton Award finalists, and Oregon Book Award finalists. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, Eggs Benedict enthusiast, and action movie aficionado living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.
Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House. Tor.com invited her to expand her “Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction” essay into a monthly column, and she is obliging. She co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Shawl lives in Seattle, taking walks with her mother June and her cat Minnie at the pace of an entitled feline.
Cory Skerry has worked at a handful of magazines, including Shimmer, Nightmare, and Tor.com. He divides his workday between writing the impossible, illustrating the outrageous, and assisting individual authors and small presses who want their manuscripts to exceed reader expectations. When his current meatshell begins to decay, he’d like science to put his brain inside a giant killer octopus body, with which he’ll be very responsible and not even slightly shipwrecky. Pinky swear. For more, visit inkshark.net.
• 10 – 10:30: Introductions!
• 10:30-12:00: Cory and Fonda talk about their own methods, touching on common places that people flounder and offer some tools to wrangle their free range plot threads and character arcs back into the barn, using real life (and fake life) examples! (10:30-11:15 Cory, 11:15-12:00 Fonda)
• 12 – 1:30: Lunch with assignment! Cory and Fonda will ask participants to describe their biggest issues on 3×5 cards they will turn in after lunch
. • 1:30-2:15: Nisi talks about her own methods for writing, and how she combats the points where she flounders and ways she wrangles and untangles plot
• 2:15-4:30: Cory/Fonda/Nisi uses the index cards to do more tool-giving, less generally and more specifically depending on individual problems (chiming in with some of the devices and methods they learned or were reminded of earlier.) Participants will split off into a group or partner assignment of 25 minutes or so–10 minutes discussion and 15 minutes targeted writing
• 4:30-5:00: 30-minute break to buy books from University Bookstore table.
• 5 – 6: Q-and-A on craft/publishing/author’s works.
Interested in self-publishing or being a hybrid author? Many authors want to explore a combination of publishing, but with tight schedules and writing deadlines, learning how to format ebooks, promote, and engage your audience can feel daunting. This class is designed to help!
Do I need a finished manuscript? – Nope! Just bring in a sample document to practice with!
During this hands-on workshop, Tod McCoy will walk you through the process of actually turning your manuscript into a publishable e-book. We will start with a Word/Text document, and through a combination of lecture discussion and lab exercises, you will use the software tools necessary to transform your manuscript into an e-book which is ready to upload. Following lab exercises, Kiki Burrelli and Tom Wright will review various practical aspects of self-publishing once your e-book is ready.
Current speakers for the 2019 workshop include editor Diana M. Pho, agent Jennie Goloboy (of the Donald Maass Agency), editor Carl Engle-Laird, author Cat Rambo, author Wendy Wagner, author David Levine, author Curtis Chen, editor and author Jaym Gates, author John Pitts, and author Randy Henderson!
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 June 20, 2019. Registration will be in touch with how to submit closer to the due date.
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton, 239 4th St, Bremerton, WA 98337, USA (360)-377-2111
2019 Group Leaders