2024 Three-Day Critique Workshop

WHEN: July 12, 2024 @ 9:30 am – July 14, 2024 @ 3:00 pm (all times are PST)

COST: $150 for classes and panels only – critique groups are closed!

WHERE: Fairfield Inn and Suites, Bremerton, WA, where you can stay the weekend for a special group rate of $165 a night if you make your reservation before Saturday, June 15, 2024. Click the link below to reserve a room and please email [email protected] if you have any issues.

Book your group rate for Cascade Writers Workshop 2024

NOTEProof of Covid Vaccination Required for the Three-Day Critique Workshop, July 12-14, 2024. 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 server. 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.

REGISTRATION: Click here to register.

SCHOLARSHIPS have been awarded for this year.


Arley Sorg is an associate agent at kt literary. He is a two-time World Fantasy Award Finalist and a two-time Locus Award Finalist for his work as co-Editor-in-Chief at Fantasy MagazineArley is also a SFWA Solstice Award Recipient, a Space Cowboy Award Recipient, and a finalist for two Ignyte Awards. Arley is senior editor at Locus, associate editor at both Lightspeed Nightmare, a columnist for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and an interviewer for Clarkesworld. He has been a guest critiquer for the Odyssey Workshop, was the week five instructor for the 2023 Clarion West workshop, and is a Guest of Honour for the 2024 in-person Can*Con, among other teaching and speaking engagements. Find him at arleysorg.com, his TwitterFacebook, or Blue Sky. Go to Top

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Cat Rambo’s 300+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 2020 they won the Nebula Award for fantasy novelette Carpe Glitter. They are a former two-term President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Their most recent works are space opera Devil’s Gun (Tor Macmillan) and an anthology, The Reinvented Heart (Arc Manor, March, 2022), co-edited with Jennifer Brozek. Go to Top


Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-five novels, four story collections, and three books on writing fiction. She has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her most recent novel, Observer, co-written with Dr. Robert Lanza, concerns the nature of consciousness, reality, and love. Nancy’s work has been translated into two dozen languages, none of which she can read. She has taught writing at various venues in the United States and abroad, including Leipzig, Beijing, and the annual workshop Taos Toolbox with Walter Jon Williams. Nancy lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Pippin, the world’s most stubborn Chihuahua. Go to Top

Jack Skillingstead has sold more than forty stories to markets including Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and Lightspeed, as well as various Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. He has been a finalist for the Sturgeon Award for short fiction and the Philip K. Dick Award for best science fiction novel. In 2019 The Chaos Function, a science fiction thriller, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / John Joseph Adams books. And in 2023 his second collection, The Whole Mess and Other Stories, was published by Fairwood Press. Jack has taught writing classes onboard ship in the Bahamas and in Seattle for Clarion West’s one-day workshop series. He lives in Seattle with his wife, writer Nancy Kress. You can learn more at his website. Go to top

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. Go to top

Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for 30 years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Gordon R. Dickson, Fred Saberhagen, and Jack Vance, as well as launching the careers of Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historicals, thrillers and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She’s spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that “third eye” and nudge to accomplish this feat.  Go to top

Lisa Dailey is an avid traveler and writer. In her time abroad, she unearthed new ways of looking at her life through her discoveries in remote corners of the world and she continues to enrich her life through travel. She is currently working on a recipe anthology as well as her first work of fiction. A native Montanan, Lisa now makes her home by the ocean in Bellingham, Washington, but returns to her roots every summer for a healthy dose of mountains and Big Sky. Lisa is the owner of Silent Sidekick and Sidekick Press where she helps guide authors through their publishing journey. Go to top

Jessie Kwak is a science fiction author and business book ghostwriter living in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not raving about her latest favorite sci-fi series to her friends, she can be found sewing, mountain biking, or out exploring new worlds both at home and abroad. Go to top

Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His work has appeared in print for over twenty years and has been published internationally in eight languages. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press.

Ken’s a public advocate for people living with C-PTSD and speaks openly about his experiences with it and growing up with ongoing trauma as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Ken is also a performing musician, presenter and occasional consultant/coach. Ken coaches individuals, organizations, communities and businesses in the rural Pacific Northwest on accessing their inherent creativity, resilience, insight and capacity. You can find more information on either of his websites: www.kenscholes.com
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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. Go to top