Events

Our calendar includes a wide range of literary events.
Have an event you’d like to see here? Submit it!

Oct
16
Fri
2015
Author Signing and Reading – Ellen Datlow, Kat Richardson, John (J.A.) Pitts, Elliott Kay, Tom D. Wright, Django Wexler @ University Bookstore
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
17
Sat
2015
October Intensive! Workshop @ Greater Seattle Area
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

Check out our upcoming workshops in April and July 2016.

Critique of a story or novel chapter, classes, & more!

Who: Ellen Datlow, Kat Richardson, John (J.A.) Pitts, and Elliott Kay!

When: October 17, 2015 for one day. October 18, 2015 for one day. Or both!

Where: Ramada Inn, Kent, WA

Cost: $135 per day, or $250 for both.

Details: Critique of a story or novel chapter, Q&A and intensive discussion with industry pros. Registration is open. Writers 18+ may attend. Seats in critique workshops are limited to 8 per group. Word count is 4k, standard manuscript formatting, due October 1, 2015 by email to info@cascadewriters.com. Get critiques by both pros on the day you registered for! Or crits by all four pros if you sign up for both days!

Accessibility: ADA accessible

Author Event: On Friday, October 16 at 7 PM there will be an author reading/signing that is FREE and open to the public at the University Bookstore at the U District location.

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Workshop Program Schedule
Oct
24
Sat
2015
John Scalzi –Presented in partnership with Tacoma Public Library @ Tacoma Public Library
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
John Scalzi –Presented in partnership with Tacoma Public Library @ Tacoma Public Library
  • Who: John Scalzi
  • When: October 24, 2015
  • Where: Tacoma Public Library – Presented in partnership with the Tacoma Public Library & Cascade Writers.
  • What: Morning writing workshop, followed by John Scalzi discussing his work in the afternoon and signing books. There will be books available for sale at the event.  All ages welcome!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Accessibility: ADA accessible.
Apr
16
Sat
2016
The Business and Craft of Writing @ La Quinta Inn & Suites
Apr 16 all-day
  • Who:  Mark Henry, Spencer Ellsworth, and agent Sara Megibow
  • When:  April 16, 2016
  • Where:  La Quinta Inn & Suites1425 E. 27th Street Tacoma, WA  98421 –  (253) 383-0146 (Ext. 6 for reservations) – La Quinta Tacoma.
  • What:  Expect anything!  Pitch to an agent — Sara Megibow will take pitches for both finished and unfinished manuscripts.  Her interests are: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Erotica, LGBT, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and mashups too!
  • Cost: $135
  • Details:  Registration is now closed.
  • Accessibility: ADA accessible.

About the venue: The hotel is 2 miles from downtown Tacoma where there is a haunted house, museums, several restaurants, and a Hollywood district. There is also a lightrail that runs every fifteen minutes between the hotel and downtown. It’s free of charge. The hotel offers free wifi in the rooms, and they have a bar and restaurant as well. We have a small room block under Cascade Writers that gives the room for $83 (plus tax) per night, but you’ll need to call to make these reservations and do so by March 28th. After that date the room prices go up to the going rate at that time.

Programming is available! Some time slots may shift in order for us to meet the restaurant opening at the hotel.  

  • 8:30 AM – Check in and introductions
  • 9:00 AM – Capturing your audience with Sara Megibow. How do you get that perfect first paragraph and keep that momentum going?
  • 10:00 AM – The proper query with Sara Megibow and Spencer Ellsworth. Includes format, style, what catches an agent’s eye, information to include, and proper etiquette when emailing your query.
  • 11:00 AM – Lunch Break (1 hour)
  • 12:00 PM – Be your own boss with Mark Henry. How to manage your time with writing, business aspects, and promotion.
  • 1:00 PM – Dialogue with Spencer Ellsworth. Dialogue is part storytelling, part character reveal, and part poetry! How do you write dialogue that can do several things at once?
  • 2:00 PM – One on one – Pitch your story or ask about your query letter with Sara Megibow. Sara has offered to take the first 50 pages of all attendees manuscripts! There are two stipulations to her accepting pages, first the manuscript must be completed (as in 100k words or whatever that genre’s norm is). Second, the novel needs to be a genre she represents. She will need the pages by June 1, 2016. Sara is AMAZING to offer this! Thank you, Sara!
  • 4:00 PM – Working in multiple genres with Mark Henry. Keeping your voice unique to each genre can be tricky when you write in such different areas. Learn how to shift your voice to fit the genre, how to promote befitting that genre, and more.
  • 5:00 PM – Dinner break (1-1/2 hours)
  • 6:30 PM – Pacing with Spencer Ellsworth. Learn to use dialogue and narrative to move characters in and out of their problems. How to throw your characters into the crucible and forge!
  • 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Closing and short Q&A with Mark, Spencer, and Sara.

Our Speakers!

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Mark Henry, Author
Sara Megibow, Agent
Spencer Ellsworth, Author

 

 

Apr
20
Wed
2016
Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick! @ Tacoma Public Library
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join author Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick at the Tacoma Public Library for a talk about writing, a Q&A session, and a book signing! Her new book, Til Death Do Us Part, releases on April 19, 2016. Book sales will be available onsite!

The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in an all-new novel of deadly obsession. 
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Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.

Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.

But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

Apr
22
Fri
2016
Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick! @ Bellevue Library
Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Jayne Ann Krentz c Marc von BorstelJoin author Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick at the Bellevue Library for a talk about writing, a Q&A session, and a book signing! Her new book, Til Death Do Us Part, releases on April 19, 2016. Book sales will be available onsite by University Bookstore.

The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in an all-new novel of deadly obsession. 
9780399174469_Til Death Do Us Part
Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.

Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.

But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

Jul
28
Thu
2016
Editors and Agent – Critiques & Craft Workshop July 2016 @ La Quinta Inn and Suites
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm

**Registration for the full workshop is now closed.

We have a special treat for this event: Senior Tor/Forge editors, Beth Meacham and Claire Eddy, are both joining us as group leaders! What this means is that they will be critiquing eight people each in the standard critique portion, AND you are guaranteed a flash fiction edit by one of these editors whether or not you make it into their group. A flash prompt will be given at the beginning of this event, then writing time allotted for, and upon deadline, each editor will take twenty attendees and edit on the fly. Flash will be limited to under 1k, and again, the prompt given during the event, but this is an amazing offer by our fearless leaders!

Agent Lucienne Diver will also be leading a critique group of eight people! That’s 24 attendees that will be critiqued by either an editor or agent! 

This will be a craft heavy event, working toward strengthening your novels or short stories, connecting with an agent, and learning the ins and outs of the industry from pros. 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 of authors and pros that support, nourish, and encourage one another. Hope you’ll join us this summer!

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 30, 2016. Registration will be in touch with how to submit closer to the due date.

Workshop LeadersBeth Meacham (Senior Editor, Tor/Forge Books); Claire Eddy (Senior Editor, Tor/Forge Books); Lucienne Diver (Agent with The Knight Agency).

Workshop SpeakersRhiannon Held (author); Matt Youngmark (author); Manny Frishberg (editor/author); Anthea Sharp (author), John (J.A.) Pitts (author); Spencer Ellsworth (author); Randy Henderson (author); Tod McCoy (editor, author, publisher); Lee Moyer (Illustrator).

2016 Programming

Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites1425 E. 27th Street Tacoma, WA  98421 –  (253) 383-0146 (Ext. 6 for reservations) La Quinta Tacoma.

Hotel Information

Still have questions? See our July 2015 Workshop FAQs page

WORKSHOP LEADERS

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Beth Meacham, Editor
Claire Eddy, Editor
Lucienne Diver, Agent

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

Rhiannon Held, Author
Matt Youngmark, Author
Manny Frishberg, Editor/Author
Anthea Sharp, Author
John (J.A.) Pitts, Author
Spencer Ellsworth, Author
Randy Henderson, Author
Tod McCoy, Author
Lee Moyer, Illustrator
Nov
5
Sat
2016
Remember, remember the 5th of November! @ La Quinta Inn & Suites
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

Remember, remember the 5th of November! This seems like the perfect theme for a Mystery/Crime/Noir and all mix of cross genres event! Even if you’re writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, or another genre, knowing how to twist a plot and create tension through crime can make the difference between a best-seller and humdrum novel. Or taking a romance and adding a noir flair gives a fresher voice to the genre. Whether you’re writing straight crime or a mix, join pros Kat Richardson, Brian Thornton, and Tom D. Wright for this mysterious event!

Registration is now full. 

Speakers

KatRBWAug16Kat Richardson is the bestselling author of the Greywalker novels, featuring paranormal PI Harper Blaine, as well as numerous short SFF and Mystery stories. She’s taught writing workshops for Clarion West, Cascade Writers, PNWA, Mystery Writers of America, ArmadilloCon, and Foolscap, been a panelist and speaker at numerous genre and writing conventions, and helped design convention programming for Norwescon, PNWA, and Romantic Times. Kat has worked as a magazine and technical editor, gemology course writer, and actor. She’s been a theater brat, Ren Faire actor, whiffler, dancer, singer, sound and lighting technician, costumer, and game writer. Currently, she lives in the wilds of Western Washington, writing, and working as a freelance editor, in between flying kites, chasing her dogs, making paper automata, playing computer games, and working in her garden.

Brian Thornton Author Bio 2014 (1)Brian Thornton is the author of nine books, including THE BOOK OF BASTARDS and THE BOOK OF ANCIENT BASTARDS, in addition to serving as collection editor for the crime fiction anthology WEST COAST CRIME WAVE. His short fiction has appeared in such venues as ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE and the Akashic Books anthology SEATTLE NOIR. A native Washingtonian, he lives in Seattle with his wife and son, and is currently serving his second tour as Northwest Chapter president for the Mystery Writers of America.

TomTom 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. www.tomdwright.com

 

SCHEDULE: 

9:45-10 Check in/registration

10-10:45 Intro/Segment 1: What is Mystery? Expectations of various subgenres and cross genres and discussion of students’ favorite books and goals in their chosen subgenre. Workshop leaders will tailor/adjust focus of content to meet the needs of students based on this discussion.

11-11:45 Segment 2: Nefarious Plots! Structuring clues and conflict. Work segment: delineating student’s plot, structure, clues, and conflict points both a bullet list and chronological plot map. Developed material will be used again later in workshop—keep those worksheets! Outline styles discussed.

12-12:45 Segment 3: Like an Onion. Layering information context for plot and clue development and world building. Work segment developing context and compact information. Work to be used again later in workshop.

12:45 -1:45 Lunch break – attendees are responsible for their meals.

2-2:45 Segment 4: Character and conflict—the fuel of plot. Work segment on character development and conflict in protagonist/antagonist relationship. Special issues in cross-genre mysteries. Character trajectory and minor character development. Will be used again later.

3-3:45 Segment 5: POV and Character voice. Difference in POVs, developing character voice and POV expression, and utilizing it in creating mood and context as well as addressing plot development and character arc. Work segments on voice and POV. Will be used later.

4-4:45 Segment 6: Build a Scene. Use the information, worksheets, and lists developed in earlier segment to write a model scene for the students’ projects. Revise in differing POVs or Character voices.

5-5:45 Segment 7: Open discussion and questions about mystery and cross-genre, keeping your momentum, writer’s block, submissions, the business of publishing, traditional and indie publishing approaches.

5:45-6 and beyond (as available)—optional extended small group discussion.

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Switch It Up! with Tina Connolly, Alex C. Renwick, and Kate Ristau @ Taborspace
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Switch It Up! with Tina Connolly, Alex C. Renwick, and Kate Ristau

Fall in love again… with your manuscript.

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.

Schedule:

10-10:40 – intro, icebreaker exercise
10:40-10:45 – 5 minute break
10:45-12:15 – presenter #1 – Alex Renwick
12:15-1:30 – lunch
1:30-3 – presenter #2 – Tina Connolly
3 – 3:15 – 15 min break
3:15 – 4:45 – presenter #3 – Kate Ristau
4:45 – 5 – 15 min break
5-6 – sharing

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.32.21 AMTina 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 SFLightspeed, 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.

She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

 

Alex-C-RenwickAlex 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 inImaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.

 

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.

Kateristau.com

Facebook.com/ristawesome

@kateristau

Jun
23
Fri
2017
Critique and Pitches June 2017! @ La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm

Milford-Style critiques, agent pitches and query information, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing, and more! Join us for our three-day event this June with editors and/or publishers Neil Clarke, Patrick Swenson, and Jaym Gates, agent Michael Carr, and authors Carol Berg, Eva Elasigue, Spencer Ellsworth, Liz Coleman, and Ken Scholes! Many of our guest speakers and group leaders edit, write, publish, and do other industry related work, making them highly valuable when it comes to the ins and outs of the publishing world!

The Reed Marginalized Voices Scholarship has been awarded! Congrats to the winner!

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 30, 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.

Hotel Information
Programming

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Click the names below for photos and information.

Carol Berg, Author
Jaym Gates, Author, Editor, Publicist
Neil Clarke, Editor, Publisher

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

Michael Carr, Agent
Patrick Swenson, Editor, Author, Publisher
Spencer Ellsworth, Author
Ken Scholes, Author
Liz Coleman, Author
Eva L. Elasigue, Author