Three-day Writing Workshop 2019

WHEN: July 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am – July 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

WHERE: Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton
239 4th St
Bremerton, WA 98337
COST:$135 (classes only)

CONTACT: Spencer Ellsworth – [email protected]


Current speakers for the 2019 workshop include editor Diana M. Pho,agent Jennie Goloboy (of the Donald Maass Agency), editor Carl Engle-Laird, author Cat Rambo, author Wendy Wagner, author David Levine, author Curtis Chen, editor and author Jaym Gates, author John Pitts, and author Randy Henderson!

The critique portion of registration is now FULL, but you can still get on the waiting list by emailing [email protected]. We will let you know if a slot opens up. You can also register for the panels only portion of the event. To register for panels only it is $135.

Register for Classes Only

Scholarships are now closed.

Submissions: This is a Milford-Style critique. You will be critiqued by your fellow group members and leader, and you’ll be critiquing their submissions as well. Word count of 4k max, submissions need to be in standard manuscript format, and if you submit a chapter that isn’t the first, please include a brief synopsis. Novel chapters or short stories welcome. Submissions due by June 20, 2019. Registration will be in touch with how to submit closer to the due date.

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

ROOM BLOCK RESERVATIONS: Cascade Writers Workshop
Start date: 7/18/19
End date: 7/22/19
Last day to book: 6/10/19

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton  for 134 USD  – 159 USD  per night
**Book your group rate for Cascade Writers Workshop by clicking here.**
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton 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.
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2019 Group Leaders

Group 1

Photo credit: Gerry O’Brien

Diana M. Pho is a Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books and Publishing, though she’s worked in the publishing industry under various hats for over a decade. She’s also an academic scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser elsewhere.  Her talented list includes Robyn Bennis, Alex Bledsoe, P. Djeli Clark, Marie Miranda Cruz, Lara Elena Donnelly, Thoraiya Dyer, A. J. Hartley, Margaret Killjoy, Kari Maaren, and Prentis Rollins; she also works with the best-selling The Wheel of Time® series and George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Hartley’sSteeplejack, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Dyer’sCrossroads of Canopy, for Best Novel) and to become finalists for the Nebula Award, Lambda Literary Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult.

In the steampunk community, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk.  She has published numerous articles on science fiction and its community. She has been interviewed for many media outlets about fandom, including CBS’s Inside Edition,, BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel.

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Group 2

Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017. Before that, she was an agent at Red Sofa Literary for six years. 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.Go to top

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Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, CURTIS C. CHEN (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, KANGAROO TOO, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.

Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW, and OREGON READS ALOUD. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers’ workshops.

You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the KANGAROO book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.

Visit him online at: https://curtiscchen.comG

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.netGo to top

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Wendy N. Wagner is the author of more than forty short stories and two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game. Her third novel, An Oath of Dogs, came out 2017 from Angry Robot Books. She is the Managing/Associate 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

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars, sequel Arabella and the Battle of Venus, and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon.Go to top

Group 5

Carl Engle-Laird is an editor for Publishing, where he has been acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, novellas, and short fiction since 2013. He has worked with many talented authors, including Malka Older, Kameron Hurley, Kai Ashante Wilson, JY Yang, and Tamsyn Muir. Books he’s edited have won the Crawford and Nommo awards, and been finalists for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and more. Carl lives and works in New York City, and can be found online at to top

2019 Speakers

Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and game developer. With a decade in the creative world, she’s done everything from Production Managing for Amazon’s romance imprint, to Communications Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, to writing for games like Blue Rose and Firefly: Smuggler’s Guide to the Rim. Her editing credits include the anthologies Strategy Strikes Back, War Stories, Genius Loci, and Strange California. She is the Editorial Coordinator and Nisaba Line Editor for Green Ronin Publishing, and an active freelancer for games and editing. You can find out more about her at, or on Twitter as @JaymGates.Go to top

Randy Henderson is an author, milkshake connoisseur, Writers of the Future grand prize winner, relapsed sarcasm addict, and Clarion West graduate.

His “dark and funny” contemporary fantasy trilogy published by TOR (US) and Titan (UK), includes: FINN FANCY NECROMANCY, BIGFOOTLOOSE & FINN FANCY FREE, and SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT. http://www.randy-henderson.comGo to top

John (J.A.) Pitts resides in the Pacific Northwest where he hunts dragons, trolls and other beasties among the coffee shops and tattoo parlors.

Check out his award winning Sarah Beauhall series from Tor books, or his short story collection, Bravado’s House of Blues, from Fairwood Press.

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