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CREATIVE INK FESTIVAL
For Writers, Artists and Readers
The Creative Ink Festival is a weekend long event for writers, readers and artists of all levels and genres.
We are thrilled to announce our Guests of Honour for the 2017 Creative Ink Festival! Please give a thunderous internet applause for four-time Aurora Award-winning author, Eileen Kernaghan as well as the award-winning, critically acclaimed author, Ken Scholes!
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, Alex, and Kate are working out schedules and details currently, but each author will lead a series of creative exercises aimed at bringing new inspiration to your writing by using other disciplines and writing styles. (Art, performance, poetry, etc.) Keep checking back for more details!
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.
Crypticon Seattle is the largest convention of its type in the Pacific Northwest, and 2016 is our 8th year. We anticipate 5000+ attendees for this year’s 3 day event. Our fans will travel from the region extending from Vancouver, BC Canada to Eugene, OR and including Portland, OR, and of course the greater Seattle, WA area. Fans come to meet their favorite celebrities, watch the latest films – many making their premiere at Crypticon, purchase gifts and collectibles, meet their favorite authors, dress up as their favorite characters, learn the latest make up techniques, meet other fans, and enjoy macabre-themed party events. Crypticon is the gathering for the true fan of creepy stuff in all its forms. It’s the place to be for every fan, and brands familiar to our fans.
We are still building our list of leaders and speakers for our June 2017 event, but there will be critiques by pros and pitch sessions by an agent this year! This is for early registration. More details to come! To see a sample of last year, click here.
We are pleased to announce that for this event, the Reed Diversity Scholarship will also include two nights of hotel and a $75 food stipend! Please see rules and apply!
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 25, 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: