July 2021 Three-Day Workshop

WHEN: July 16, 2021 @ 9:30 am – July 18, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

WHERE: Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton
239 4th St.
Bremerton, WA 98337 (USA)
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COST: $275

CONTACT: Spencer Ellsworth – info@cascadewriters.com

Current speakers for the 2021 workshop include

  • Tor & Tor Teen editor Susan Chang,
  • agent Lisa Rodgers of the JABerwocky Literary Agency,
  • Charles Coleman Finlay, writer & Editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,
  • author James L. Sutter,
  • author Rae Carson,
  • author Cat Rambo,
  • author Curtis Chen,
  • author Rachael K Jones,
  • author Wendy Wagner, and
  • author Laura Anne Gilman.

Registration is currently closed

Scholarships are available for this workshop.

Scholarship details can be found here.

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

The hotel is located two blocks from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. From SeaTac Airport, take the Link Light Rail north to Pioneer Square Station (approximately 33 minutes). From Pioneer Square, it is a short (less than ten minute) walk to the Ferry Terminal. Be sure to get on the Bremerton Ferry. The ferry ride is approximately one hour.

2021 Speakers

Susan Chang is a Senior Editor at Tor Books. She acquires and edits books for the Starscape middle grade and Tor Teen young adult imprints. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, she began her publishing career at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she worked for nine years before moving on to shorter stints at Hyperion Books for Children and Parachute Publishing, a book packager. In January 2004, Susan got her dream job at Tor Books as acquiring editor for the Starscape and Tor Teen imprints.

Susan acquires chapter books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. She does not acquire picture books, new adult, or adult books. Like many editors, she has eclectic tastes, and is open to be queried about anything and everything, not limited to science fiction and fantasy. For chapter books she is looking for high concept books or series with an educational hook; for middle grade, action and high-stakes adventure; and in young adult, stories that are thought-provoking and emotionally truthful. If you are interested in submitting to her, please follow Tor’s submission guidelines, which can be found here: https://us.macmillan.com/torforge/about/faq/


Lisa Rodgers joined JABberwocky Literary Agency in 2012, where she represents science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery authors in both the YA and adult spaces. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute not long after. She’s previously been an associate editor at San Francisco Book Review, a bookseller for Barnes & Noble, an intern for Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and a submissions reader for Lightspeed Magazine. Go to top


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photo credit – Rae Carlson

Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of nine novels, including the award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns series, the National Book Award long-listed Walk on Earth a Stranger, and the forthcoming Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. She lives in Arizona with her husband C.C. Finlay, surrounded by cats and scorpions. Go to top


Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her 2018 works include Hearts of Tabat (novel, WordFire Press) and the 3rd edition of nonfiction Creating an Online Presence for Writers. She is the current President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and her popular online school, The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, see http://www.kittywumpus.net Go to top

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Rachael K Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novella, Every River Runs to Salt, will be out with Fireside Fiction in late 2018. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee and Tiptree Award honoree. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and PodCastle. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones
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Wendy Wagner is the author of the SF eco-thriller An Oath of Dogs, as well as two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game. She has published more than forty short stories. She is the Managing/Senior Editor of both Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines, and served as the Guest Editor of Nightmare‘s Queers Destroy Horror! special issue. An avid gamer and gardener, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family.  Go to top


Laura Anne Gilman spent 15 years as an editor for major New York publishers, the last seven heading up the SF/F imprint Roc for Penguin USA. She currently works as a freelance editor/copywriter

As a writer, her work ranges from the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War epic fantasy trilogy to the SFnal/horror collection DRAGON VIRUS, and the popular “Cosa Nostradamus” urban fantasy series, while her short fiction has appeared more than 40 anthologies and magazines. Her new novel, SILVER ON THE ROAD, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Saga Press in Autumn 2015.

Ms. Gilman also writes the “Gin and Tonic” mysteries under the name L.A. Kornetsky.

You can learn more at www.lauraannegilman.net.

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