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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, John (J.A.) Pitts, 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!
We are pleased to announce that for this event, the Reed Marginalized Voices Scholarship will also include two nights of hotel and a $75 food stipend! Please see rules and apply! A standard scholarship based on financial need is available as well.
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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PNWA provides members with tools and opportunities to turn their writing dreams into reality.
Our mission is to develop writing talent through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, writer community.
What can I learn at the PNWA Conference?
Our conference provides opportunities for you to meet other writers, attend classes focused on the different aspects within the industry (craft, business, marketing), and pitch your ideas to agents and editors if you’re ready.
What is a pitch?
A pitch is a short 3-5 sentence explanation of your project that sells an agent or an editor on your story. Your pitch should be short and engaging, and should explain why your project matters.
What if I am just a beginning writer, should I go to conference?
Our conference is for writers of all levels. Whether you are seeking inspiration or ready to pitch your perfect novel, you will find yourself surrounded by people who all love to write. There’s something for everyone at conference.
What happens at the sessions?
Sessions are led by industry experts, and session topics include everything from craft to publishing to marketing. From keeping track of your expenses to crafting the perfect pitch, sessions give you a chance to interact with experts and ask questions in a friendly and open environment.
Agent and Editor appointments?
PNWA Power Pitch sessions: A Power Pitch equals one 90-minute block. Within each 90-minute block, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to multiple agents and editors. Each pitch is 4 minutes. Please, do not bring your manuscript to your pitch session. Should an agent or editor request to see your manuscript, s/he will request it by e-mail.
GeekGirlCon is an organization that works to empower women and girls to pursue their passions—whether they love science and technology, comics, literature, gaming, or anything else! Everybody is a geek at heart, in one way or another. Our mission is to ensure all these geeks are supported, welcomed, and encouraged to pursue what they love.
GeekGirlCon’s largest event is a two-day convention that gives female geeks and their supporters the opportunity to build a community, share facts and fandom, and learn how they can help promote the role of women and other underrepresented groups in geek culture. We also bring people together through social media and events in the Greater Seattle area. We have a lot of fun doing this, although we aren’t afraid to also tackle some serious topics related to gender equality.
We invite anybody who wants to see more women succeed in geek-related fields to join GeekGirlCon.
What is OryCon?
OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. We are a 100% volunteer based production of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), which is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.
This year’s Guests of Honor include: