Events

Our calendar includes a wide range of literary events.
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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

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@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.

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Programming

WORKSHOP LEADERS

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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

 

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.