Our calendar includes a wide range of literary events.
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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 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.
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.
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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.