Friday, November 23, 2012

Counting Down

Get your manuscripts ready for the writers' workshop at Norwescon 36 next March!  Our submissions deadline is just over a week away, at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to have your fantasy, science fiction and horror short stories and novel excerpts critiqued by professional writers and editors.  Our guidelines are available at


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Writers' Workshop Guidelines Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the guidelines for the writers' workshop at Norwescon 36 on March 28-31, 2013, are now available!  If you participated in our recent workshops at Westercon or Norwescon, or inquired about them, you should already have received a noticeIf not, please visit the Norwescon site:

Here are the basics:
  • In most circumstances we accept 2 pieces from any one person, only one of which may be a novel excerpt, and neither of which may be more than 10,000 words.
  • Submissions will be critiqued in private, live sessions at Norwescon in 2013.  Most sessions use 4 critquers who are professional guests at the convention (almost always professionally published genre writers).
  • We have certain requirements for submissions, including that you use proper manuscript format (and we WILL critique your format), send a cover letter, and that all stories be completed.
  • Our deadline is VERY EARLY: December 2, 2012.  So if you'd like to submit, get hopping!  We set the deadline as late as we can each year and are not able to accept late submissions.
  • We fill all the slots we can handle every year, so if you want to participate, we encourage to you to submit as early as possible.
Don't worry if you haven't been to a critique before, or if you don't feel that your work is perfect.  Writers at all levels are welcome to submit to the workshop! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Crossroads B&N SILVER Signing!

Fairwood writer Rhiannon Held is holding a reading and signing of her novel Silver coming up on Saturday,  August 18. It's her last one in the Seattle area for now, so spread the word and don't miss out!

Crossroads Mall Barnes & Noble in Bellevue
Saturday, August 18, 2-4 pm
Event link

Everyone welcome!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Westercon Writers Workshop -- Update

We are pleased to announce that all manuscripts and workshop schedules for Westercon 65 Workshop participants have been distributed.  Thanks much to participants and volunteers who've already confirmed receipt of their materials.  If you submitted to or volunteered for the workshop and have NOT received your manuscript(s) and/or workshop schedule, please contact us at

Unfortunately, due to a lack of space, we will not be hosting our regular social at Westercon.

If you missed this workshop and would like to be on our mailing list to be notified when we send out guidelines for our annual workshop at Norwescon, please contact us.  And remember, it's never too early to finish a manuscript for the workshop!  So if you don't have one yet, why not sit down and work on something right now...?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rhiannon Held's SILVER now out in trade paperback!

Congratulations to Rhiannon on the publication of her first novel, SILVER!

To say we're delighted for Rhiannon is a total understatement. We love Silver and we're sure you will, too, so go out and order yourself a copy or--better yet--pop by one of Rhiannon's reading & signing events to meet her yourself.

  • June 5, 7 pm, University Bookstore, Seattle 
  • June 11, 7 pm, Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, Oregon 
  • June 24, 2 pm, Village Books, Bellingham, Washington 
  • June 27, 7 pm, Third Place Books, Seattle 
  • June 29, 5 pm, Hastings, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 

Check out Rhiannon's blog for updates.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Corry's a Winner!

Congratulations to Corry, who placed in the Writers of the Future annual contest with her story Shutdown.

Check out the story about Corry in the <a href="">Redmond Reporter</a> for a picture of our favorite writer-physicist receiving her award.

Shutdown appears in Writers o the Future Volume 28.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Announcing... the Writers' Workshop at Westercon 65

We're pleased to announce that we will be running the Writers' Workshop at Westercon 65 in Seatac from July 5-8, 2012.

The guidelines have not yet been posted to the Westercon website (but we hear they'll be up soon).  Until then, you can find them right here.

Because we have less lead time to oraganize and a different roster of attending pros, we will be accepting fewer manuscripts for this workshop.  We will accept only one submission per writer, and manuscripts should not be over 8,000 words.  All short stories will be scheduled for round robin sessions, and all novel excerpts for individual sessions. 

The deadline for the Westercon 65 Writers' Workshop is April 29, 2012. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Norwescon Fairwood Social

When you're at Norwescon next weekend, be sure to stop by our social! You don't have to be part of the workshop already--you can come and find out about us for next year, bond with fellow writers, or make connections to set up your own local critique group. Refreshments and writer camaraderie provided.

Saturday, April 7
Presidential Suite (Room 1360)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Norwescon 35 Writers Workshop - Update #2

As of this morning, all schedules and manuscripts have been mailed to our participants (both the writers who submitted, and the pros who will critique manuscripts). 

If you are a writer who did not receive your workshop schedule, OR if you received a schedule but did not receive a handbook or (for Round Robin participants and pros) did not recieve manuscripts along with your schedule, please let us know ASAP.

This year, we scheduled 28 individual manuscript sessions, 2 individual sessions for short-shorts which included 2 stories per session, and 5 Round Robin sessions, each including 3 writers and their manuscripts. This is a record number of sessions and required record numbers of volunteer hours from our professional critiquers. 

We will also be hosting a social for our workshop participants and anyone interested in the workshop. The social will be Saturday afternoon from 1:30 until 3:30 in the Presidential Suite.

The marvelous wonder duo Ken Scholes and J. A. Pitts will leading one teaching workshop this year which will be held Saturday afternoon. Email us if you're interested in attending!