Events

Our calendar includes a wide range of literary events.
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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

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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.

 

 

Jul
20
Fri
2018
Three-day Intensive Writing Workshop 2018 @ La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm

Milford-Style critiques, an agent, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing, and more! Join us for our three-day event this July! Up so far is editor and author John Joseph Adams, author Christie Yant, agent DongWon Song, author Spencer Ellsworth, author Randy Henderson, author John J.A. Pitts, author David D. Levine, author Rachael K. Jones, author Joseph Brassey, author Jaime O. Mayer, author Mindi Welton-Mitchell, and author Liz Coleman. More to come!

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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. Stories will need to be uploaded to the proboard by JUNE 20TH. Registration Chair has now sent information on the proboard. 

Programming

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

Hotel Information

WORKSHOP LEADERS GIVING CRITIQUES

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Crit Group One
John Joseph Adams, Editor, Author
Christie Yant, Author
Crit Group Two – Led solely by DongWon
DongWon Song, Agent
Crit Group Three
Rachael Jones, Author
Spencer Ellsworth, Author
Crit Group Four
Randy Henderson, Author
John (J.A.) Pitts, Author

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

David D. Levine, Author
Liz Coleman, Author
Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Author
Jaime O. Mayer, Author
Joseph Brassey, Author
Nov
17
Sat
2018
Untangle Your Novel – November 2018 @ Queen Anne Baptist Church
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Right smack in the middle of November, Cascade Writers is here to help you work through your novel troubles. If you’re feeling stuck in the middle, stuck on the rewrite, or unsure of how to be respectful and diverse and marketable, this is the place. Novelists Fonda Lee & Nisi Shawl, and Tor.com submissions wrangler Cory Skerry, will talk about the best ways to draft, revise and get the novel out the door and into publication.

 

Fonda Lee is the author of Jade City (Orbit), the first book in the Green Bone Saga, which was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, and Syfy Wire, among others. Her young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic) have garnered numerous accolades including being Junior Library Guild Selections, Andre Norton Award finalists, and Oregon Book Award finalists. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, Eggs Benedict enthusiast, and action movie aficionado living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

 

Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House.  Tor.com invited her to expand her “Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction” essay into a monthly column, and she is obliging.  She co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  Shawl lives in Seattle, taking walks with her mother June and her cat Minnie at the pace of an entitled feline.

 

Cory Skerry has worked at a handful of magazines, including Shimmer, Nightmare, and Tor.com. He divides his workday between writing the impossible, illustrating the outrageous, and assisting individual authors and small presses who want their manuscripts to exceed reader expectations. When his current meatshell begins to decay, he’d like science to put his brain inside a giant killer octopus body, with which he’ll be very responsible and not even slightly shipwrecky. Pinky swear. For more, visit inkshark.net.

Schedule:

• 10 – 10:30: Introductions!

• 10:30-12:00: Cory and Fonda talk about their own methods, touching on common places that people flounder and offer some tools to wrangle their free range plot threads and character arcs back into the barn, using real life (and fake life) examples! (10:30-11:15 Cory, 11:15-12:00 Fonda)

• 12 – 1:30: Lunch with assignment! Cory and Fonda will ask participants to describe their biggest issues on 3×5 cards they will turn in after lunch

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• 1:30-2:15: Nisi talks about her own methods for writing, and how she combats the points where she flounders and ways she wrangles and untangles plot

• 2:15-4:30: Cory/Fonda/Nisi uses the index cards to do more tool-giving, less generally and more specifically depending on individual problems (chiming in with some of the devices and methods they learned or were reminded of earlier.) Participants will split off into a group or partner assignment of 25 minutes or so–10 minutes discussion and 15 minutes targeted writing

• 4:30-5:00: 30-minute break to buy books from University Bookstore table.

• 5 – 6: Q-and-A on craft/publishing/author’s works.

Feb
2
Sat
2019
Create Your e-Book – from start to finish @ Queen Anne Baptist Church
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
You’ve finished the final edits and proofreading of your manuscript – now, how do you get your finished work into the hands (and the reading devices) of your readers?

 

During this hands-on workshop, Tod McCoy will walk you through the process of actually turning your manuscript into a publishable e-book. We will start with a Word/Text document, and through a combination of lecture discussion and lab exercises, you will use the software tools necessary to transform your manuscript into an e-book which is ready to upload. Following lab exercises, Kiki Burrelli and Tom Wright will review various practical aspects of self-publishing once your e-book is ready.
PREREQUISITES:
Each student will need to bring:
– A laptop – Mac, Windows PC, Linux (or whatever else might run the required software)
– An installed, working version of Sigil (download links for this free software will be provided ahead of time)
– An installed, working version of Calibre (download links for this free software will be provided ahead of time)
– Manuscript file you will convert into an e-book (recommended specs for your document will be provided ahead of time)
– An e-book cover (specs will be provided) is optional, practice covers will be provided to work with

 

AGENDA:
Tod McCoy: Converting Your Manuscript
– Sigil overview
– e-book formats
– Converting your file
– Understanding e-book structure
– Labwork – converting your file and reviewing the results

 

Kiki Burrelli: Fundamentals of e-book Selling
– Keywords and categories
– Importance of the summary
– Significance of also boughts/also views
– Why you don’t want to ask your friends and family to run out and get your book
– Amazon algorithms
– Managing expectations

 

Tod McCoy: Adjusting the HTML code
– The use and placement of images
– When/how to use table of contents
– Labwork – adjusting your e-book and reviewing the results

 

Tom Wright: Amazon Essentials & Partnering with an Artist
– Amazon KDP options, reports and promotions
– Amazon KDP Select; i.e. why and why not, and what to expect
– Importance of e-book covers
– Options for finding an artist, and when to do so
– What you need for your ebook cover

 

Tod McCoy: Uploading & Testing your file
– Device/Reader differences
– Testing
– What can go wrong and Best Practices
– Calibre overview
– How to upload
– Labwork – testing your e-book and (if you already have an account) uploading

 

Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in Asimov’s, Starward Tales II, The People’s Apocalypse, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House, whose catalog includes Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, two collections by Cat Rambo: Near+Far (which generated a Nebula nomination) and Neither Here Nor There; and Godfall & Other Stories by Sandra M. Odell. He has been converting books into digital format and working with authors and small presses since 2010.

 

Kiki Burrelli began writing for a living in 2016 after jumping, eyes closed, into the world of self-publishing. She mainly writes LGBT romance, though really, she writes the books she likes to read, with characters she wants to spend time with. Since beginning her self-publishing journey she’s written several series including Wolf’s Mate and The Den and over twenty novels and novellas. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and like a true stereotype, loves coffee and the rain. She is endlessly shocked by how many non-writing related tasks there are in writing for a living and absolutely loves to talk shop, trends and tips. For more info check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kburrelli/ or website: www.kikiburrelli.net (Kiki writes on the steamier side so please use your own discretion.)

 

Tom D Wright is a science fiction author in the Pacific Northwest, whose work includes several self-published books. He graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and is on the Board for Cascade Writers.
Jul
19
Fri
2019
Three-day Writing Workshop 2019 @ Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton
Jul 19 @ 8:30 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm

Current speakers for the 2019 workshop include editor Diana M. Pho, agent Jennie Goloboy (of the Donald Maass Agency), editor Carl Engle-Laird, author Cat Rambo, author Wendy Wagner, author David Levine, author Curtis Chen, editor and author Jaym Gates, author John Pitts, and author Randy Henderson!

 

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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 20, 2019. Registration will be in touch with how to submit closer to the due date.

Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton, 239 4th St, Bremerton, WA 98337, USA (360)-377-2111

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2019 Group Leaders


Group 1

Diana M. Pho
Group 2
Jennie Goloboy

Group 3

Curtis C. Chen
Cat Rambo

Group 4

Wendy N. Wagner
David D. Levine

Group 5

Carl Engle-Laird

2019 Speakers


Jaym Gates
Randy Henderson
John J.A. Pitts