Current Issue: Spring 2014


Cascade Writers Welcomes 2014

newsletter-thbI hope the new year has brought you a plethora of good news. Newly recharged from our holiday hiatus, Cascade Writers is busy making sure this year’s workshop is the best one yet. We’re so excited to host workshop leaders Cat Rambo, David Levine, Alma Alexander, Tina Connolly, Beth Meacham, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Mark Henry, and K.c. Ball, as well as speakers Camille Alexa, Mark Teppo, and Patrick Swanson. We’ll be adding a few more names to the roster in the next couple of months as the Programming team shifts into high gear.

We saw so many Cascade Writers at this year’s Rustycon in January. Katie Cord, Alaina Ewing, Tom Wright, Rebecca Birch, and Camille Griep all served as panelists. Stephanie Bissette-Roark represented CW in the critique sessions, lending her careful style of critique to the writing participants. Karen Junker managed the writing track for the convention while our own Rhiannon Rhys-Jones was second in command, making sure the conference ran smoothly. Congratulations to all who participated and thanks to all who attended. It was a fantastic time.

We hope to see you at Norwescon in April, as well. Whether you’re just stopping by the convention or participating, we’d love to see you. Volunteers for table sitting are also needed. Please see the sidebar for contact details if you’re interested.

Registrations for 2014 are picking up. We’d love to have you join us, so bring a friend and register soon!

Camille Griep
President, Cascade Writers

Norwescon 2014

April 17-20: Visit Cascade Writers at the Pacific Northwest’s Premier SF/F Convention! Celebrating their 37th year with the theme Elegance and Entropy. This year, Norwescon will feature writers Seanan McGuire and Michael Moorcock.

Cascade Writers will host a lobby table, as usual, so stop by and say hello. Volunteers table staff are needed. If you’re interested, please contact

More info can be found at


Book News

Cascade Writers 2013Beth Cato’s book THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager on September 16th. It’s now listed Goodreads and available for pre-order at Amazon.

Stephen Sottong self-published his first novel THE REMNANT on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Createspace.

Several of our workshop leaders also have new books to share. In October, Tina Connolly’s COPPERHEAD was, the second in her IRONSKIN series from Macmillan. Patrick Swenson’s THE ULTRA THIN MAN will be released by TOR this August with some gorgeous cover art.

Also beautifully appointed is a short fiction collection by Mark Teppo, THE COURT OF LIES, due out in June by Fairwood Press.

Story News

Rebecca Birch‘s short story “To Walk the Earth” was published in the January edition of Parihelion Science Fiction.

Christy Johnson, writing as Folly Blaine, was featured in Mad Scientist Journal with her story “Better Living Through Pseudoscience.” 

Heather Ruolo’s “Besieged” was featured in the fairy tales call at Infective Ink.

Camille Griep was at Flash Fiction Chronicles discussing “World Building in Speculative Fiction.”

Sharon Joss is featured in the 2014 Cambellian Anthology with her story “Love in the Time of Dust and Venom.” Best of luck to Sharon!

Gail Pasternak and her husband were featured on the podcast Food Stories discussing food they created for Gail’s fantasy world, inspired by Jewish Folklore.

Finally, workshop leader K.c. Ball’s story “Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” was featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Spotlight: Short Fiction

K.C. Ball
This year, we’re offering two new options for our short-fiction focused friends. K.c. Ball will be heading a critique group specifically for short fiction writers (limit 6).

As a group, you’ll critique short stories with a focus on short fiction mechanics, problems specific to the form, as well as how to polish for final drafts. K.c. will also offer an afternoon Flash Fiction Workshop on Friday and Saturday, with one-on-one feedback on Sunday. Participants (limit 6) will brainstorm and write a piece of flash fiction for discussion and critique, leaving the workshop with a polished piece and an idea of flash markets.

Both sessions are filling quickly, sign up today using your registration form.