Frequently Asked Questions About the Portland Workshop 2013
Q. When is it?
A. July 25-28, 2013
Q. Where is it?
Portland, Oregon, USA. And more specifically, the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97220. There’s free parking, and a free shuttle to/from the Portland airport.
Q. What’s in it?
A. We’ve already got a dozen classes scheduled for Friday and Saturday, along with a “Stories on the Fly” session on Thursday, and a special LGBT panel on Sunday. And more is in the works! Here’s the tentative list so far:
- Thursday evening
Stories on the fly
- Evolutionary Stages of a Genre Writer — Randy Henderson
- What an Editor Wants — Patrick Swenson, Claire Eddy, Cory Skerry, Keffy RM Kehrli
- Residential Workshops — Patrick Swenson, Randy Henderson, Nisi Shawl, Keffy RM Kehrli
- Graphic Design Advice for DIY Authors — Cory Skerry
- Breaking the Rules — Cameron McClure
- What an Agent Wants — Spencer Ellsworth & Cameron McClure
- Pitch Practice — Spencer Ellsworth
- Your Sentences Suck — Spencer Ellsworth
- Dialect & Dialogue — Nisi Shawl
- WordPress, Social Media & Blogging — Bob Dunn
- Critique Groups – How to Find & Run One — Tom Wright, Rebecca Birch, Cory Skerry
- Sex in Ficton – Cory Skerry
- LGBT Panel — Cory Skerry, Keffy RM Kehrli
Q. How much does it cost?
A. We will have two registration options for 2013.
- For $125 you can attend all classes.
- For $245 you can attend all classes, participate in Milford-style workshop critiques, and have a pitch session with Cameron McClure.
Both options include time to participate in on-site writing groups.
Q. Can I make payments on my registration fee?
A. We are willing to work with you and establish partial or monthly payments. Contact Karen for info.
Q. Who attends the event?
A. Writers at all levels attend our events, from beginners to multi-published graduates of Clarion West, Viable Paradise, Taos Toolbox and Rainforest Writers Village.
Q. When does Registration open and close?
A. Registration for 2013 opens April 5, 2012 and closes June 15, 2013. Join our mailing list to be reminded of when registration opens! Simply send an email to <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Q: And if I have to cancel?
A: We have a waiting list in case of cancellations. Now, because we are a non-profit organization that runs the event on a shoestring, we will not be able to offer a refund. If you must cancel, please find another person to take your place. If you’re having problems, email/call and ask us if there is someone on the waiting list who might be willing to take your place.
Q. Are lodging and meals included?
A. Hotel reservations and meals are NOT a part of your registration fee. You must book your own reservation. To receive our special rate, use the website form, or call the hotel’s front desk (503-256-50000 or the toll free number (1-888-465-4329) and tell them you are with the group “Cascade Writers Weekend.” There are many restaurants around the area. We encourage attendees to meet each other and go out for meals together!
Q. Will there be Wi-Fi at the hotel?
A. Free Wi-Fi for all your insatiable internet needs, in the guest rooms and lobby both.
Q. Will I have free time?
A. Of course. There will be loads of free time for you to write, hang out in the lobby or just goof off. On top of that, we’ll have a class on impromptu writing and group writing time.
Q. How do I get into a particular workshop group?
A. Each person who requests a place in the workshop must submit a 1,000-word writing sample as part of their registration. We select workshop groups based on the writing samples and which genre you submit for your story/novel chapter to be critiqued. Groups will be a mix of beginner writers and more experienced writers.
Q. What if I don’t know anyone else at the event?
A. No worries, we don’t bite. We welcome anyone new—you will have many new friends by the end of the weekend. Hanging out with other writers is a great experience. Please come to the scheduled Meet & Greets—don’t be shy!
Q. Can I bring my friend, significant other, spouse or family?
A. Yes! Please introduce them to the Plus Ones, the friends & family of our writer attendees. The Plus Ones will be organizing games and conversation, as well as groups to go out for meals together. Look for them in the lobby or at registration. Your friend, family member or significant other is automatically a member of the Plus Ones. The Plus Ones do not attend the classes or critique sessions.
Q. What time does the event begin and end?
A. Registration starts at 6 PM on Thursday, July 25. The event ends at 5 PM on Sunday, July 28.
Q. What’s on tap for 2014?
A. Glad you asked! We plan our events eighteen months in advance. We’ll post information about the 2014 event on our website just as soon as we being making those plans.
The 2013 Workshop Leaders
Claire Eddy, Tor Editor
Nisi Shawl, Author
Delilah Marvelle, Author
Cameron McClure, Agent
J.A. Pitts, Author
Patrick Swenson, Author
Shannon Page, Author
Mark J. Ferrari, Author
The 2013 Guest Speakers
Spencer Ellsworth, Pitch Practice
Randy Henderson, Guest Speaker
Tom Wright, Critique Groups
Corry Skerry, What an Editor Wants
Bob Dunn, WordPress and Blogs
Keffy R.M. Kehrli, What an Editor Wants
Rebecca Birch, Critique Groups
Kristen Fife, Social Media