Writers Workshop

The writers workshop is open to all speculative fiction writers, regardless of experience. It’s a place to get feedback on your writing and decide what you need to work on next. You’ll have the chance to hear a professional writer critique your work, along with several of your peers. Critiques will be done in a round-robin Clarion West style. This workshop style allows all the participants to read and critique everyone’s work.

Our workshop professional authors and critique leaders:

Les Howle is a fixture of the Seattle writing community.  She is a past director of the Clarion West Workshop and the EMP Museum.  She runs a small non-profit business, NW MediaArts, that organizes author and arts events. She works part-time for the City of Seattle, and writes fiction and non-fiction.

Nisi Shawl coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach; edits reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone; and co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  She serves on the boards of Clarion West and The Carl Brandon Society.  She promises to update her homepage soon.

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather.  Her academic background is in Psychology, which often creeps into her science fiction stories.  She is a 2006 graduate of Clarion West, and  her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places.  For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com

Workshop Coordinator Jude-Marie Green attended Clarion West in 2010.  She has published stories in Abyss&Apex, M-Brane SF, and Perihelion, among others.   judemarie.wordpress.com

To participate:

Please submit a 2,000 to 8,000 word story in .rtf or .doc format to workshop@potlatch-sf.org by midnight PST on January 23, 2015. You may send your story ahead of time. Formatting for your story should follow the guidelines at http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm

The stories will be rounded up and emailed to the participants. Please let me know if you would prefer hard copy mailings. Please bring hard copy notes or marked-up manuscripts to the workshop.

The workshop will be held Friday, February 6 from 1:30 to 4:30pm.

Check this website (http://www.potlatch-sf.org/workshop/) for updates as the convention approaches. To attend the workshop, you must purchase a membership to Potlatch.

While it’s not mandatory, consider getting a ticket to the banquet.  You’ll rub elbows with Potlatch’s attending guests, famous (and not-so-famous) writers, and other folk interested in the genre community.

We look forward to hearing from you!