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Tag Archives: speculative fiction workshops
If you’re coming to the Cascade Writers Workshop, this is where you’ll find me. Friday: 9:30-10 AM: Registration and meet & greet with tea & coffee! Conference Room 10 AM-11:50 AM: Critique group meeting 1: Curtis Chen & Cat Rambo: … Continue reading
Beginnings are sometimes the last thing a writer finishes, and they must lead gracefully into a work that ends with the same sense of panache. In a class that combines lecture with in-class writing exercises and discussion, learn how to use beginnings to create their counterparts and vice versa while looking at strategies for both. Continue reading
A student wrote in to let me know they’d made it into Odyssey, huzzah, and asked if I had any advice about attending a workshop. As a matter of fact I do. Like many things in life, you get more out of a workshop if you’re willing to invest a little effort beforehand, during, and afterward.
I went through a number of workshops in college at both the undergraduate and graduate level, but the place where I learned the most was Clarion West, a six week workshop in Seattle. My instructors were Octavia Butler, Andy Duncan, L. Timmel Duchamp, Connie Willis, Gordon van Gelder, and Michael Swanwick; my classmates included Ann Leckie, E.C.Myers, Rashida Smith, and Rachel Swirsky, among others. If you read a lot of F&SF, you may recognize many of those names and realize how incredibly privileged I was to be part of that year.