PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES!!
WHEN: July 21, 2023 @ 9:30 am – July 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm (all times are PST)
COST: $135 for classes and panels only – critique groups are closed!
WHERE: Fairfield Inn and Suites, Bremerton, WA. Please email Zan Ross at [email protected] to find out if any rooms are still available at the group rate.
NOTE: Proof of Covid Vaccination Required for the Three-Day Critique Workshop, July 21-23, 2023. Please bring your proof of vaccination to check-in as it is required for participation in our workshop for all registrants, volunteers, speakers and staff. Cascade Writers will also follow all mask ordinances, requirements, and guidance from the State of Washington, Kitsap County, and the City of Bremerton.
CONTACT: Zan Ross [email protected]
Our Three-Day Critique Workshop is an opportunity for you to submit the first 4000 words of your novel, short story, or whatever project you are working on, for critique in a group of up to 8 peers led by an industry professional. This is a great way to polish up those first pages and first chapter. Submissions are due six weeks before the event via our Discord channel. Registrants will receive login information a few weeks before submissions are due. There will also be opportunity to pitch to an agent, as well as one-hour workshops and panel presentations on craft, querying, the publishing industry, and more. Optional casual gatherings provide opportunities to get to know other writers as well as authors, editors, and agents.
- Curtis C. Chen, author (sci-fi-, humor)
- Randy Henderson, author (fantasy, humor)
- Wendy Wagner, author (horror, gothica)
- Jennie Goloboy, agent, author
- Diana M. Pho, editor, author (sci-fi, fantasy)
- Jake Kerr, author (sci-fi, screenplays)
- Maquel A. Jacob, author (sci-fi)
- Spencer Ellsworth, author (fantasy, humor)
- Shiv Ramdas, author (sci-fi, fantasy)
REGISTRATION is closed for 2023.
SCHOLARSHIPS are no longer available.
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Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He’s the author of the KANGAROO series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Echo Park, Ninth Step Murders, and Machina. Curtis’ short fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Aliens vs. Predators: Ultimate Prey, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat-feeding robot was displayed in the “Worlds Beyond Here” exhibit at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum. Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com
Randy Henderson is an author, relapsed sarcasm addict, Clarion West graduate, milkshake connoisseur, winner of Writers of the Future, and member of Dungeon Scrawlers. Randy’s humorous contemporary fantasy series from TOR (US) and Titan (UK) includes: Finn Fancy Necromancy, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, and Smells Like Finn Spirit now available for purchase, reading, and use in questionable acts.
Web: www.randy-henderson.com. Facebook: /randyhenderson. Twitter: @randyauthor.
Wendy Wagner’s work ranges from horror fiction to nature writing, with essays, poems, and short stories in over seventy venues. Her gothic novella The Secret Skin was listed on The Washington Post‘s 2021 year’s best SF/F/H. She is also the author of the horror novel The Deer Kings and An Oath of Dogs, a sci-fi thriller (as well as two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nightmare Magazine and the Managing/Senior Editor of Lightspeed Magazine , and served as the Guest Editor of Queers Destroy Horror! She was also the Nonfiction Editor of both Women Destroy Science Fiction! and Women Destroy Fantasy!
Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017, after six years at a Twin Cities-based literary agency. She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard, and published a book based on her dissertation, Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era, in 2016. Her novel, Obviously Aliens, is forthcoming from Queen of Swords Press.
Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-winning fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in traditional, Big Five publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Presently, she is now Executive Editor at Erewhon Books, acquiring and editing genre-bending and game-changing fiction.
Jake Kerr began writing short fiction in 2010 after a long career as a music and radio industry columnist and journalist. His first published story, “The Old Equations,” appeared in Lightspeed magazine and went on to be named a finalist for the Nebula Award and to be shortlisted for the StorySouth Million Writers and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial awards. He’s subsequently been published in multiple anthologies and magazines across the globe, including the seminal anthology, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. Before writing fiction, Jake studied English and Psychology at Kenon University. While at Kenyon, he studied under writer-in-residence Ursula K. Le Guin and Peruvian playwright Alonso Alegria. Both have been big influences on his approach to writing.
Maquel A. Jacob has had a passion for the written word since the age of seven, reading everything she could get her hands on which included encyclopedias and the thesaurus. At twelve, she had her first encounter with a Stephen King novel and was hooked. She became inspired to write her own brand of fiction. Combining multiple genres is her way of keeping things interesting. Always ready to learn new things, her search for knowledge never ceases. So far she has an Accounting degree, a Business Administration degree, became a certified Nail Technician via Cosmetology school and studied Digital Film and Video at the Art Institute of Portland. She is a huge Anime fan, loves a great bottle of wine and rocks out to heavy metal music. Green and lush Oregon is where she currently resides spinning imaginary worlds in her head while daydreaming.
Spencer Ellsworth has written short fiction that has previously appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Tor.com. He is the author of the Starfire trilogy, which begins with Starfire: A Red Peace. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, works as a teacher/administrator at a small tribal college on a Native American reservation.
Shiv Ramdas is a multi-award nominated author of speculative fiction short stories and novels. He lives and writes in Seattle, Washington with his wife and three cats. In 2020 he became one of only two Indian writers to ever be nominated for a Hugo, a Nebula and an Ignyte Award in the same year. He also gained Twitter fame in 2020 for live-tweeting the saga of his brother-in-law’s rice mishap. His first novel, Domechild, was India’s first mainstream cyberpunk novel. His short fiction has appeared in Slate, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle and other publications. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. He was previously a radio host, and worked in journalism, advertising, and event management. In addition to his speculative fiction work he has also penned numerous advertisements, radio segments, audio plays and resignation letters.