Transcript: SFFWRTCHT

sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 01:59:54 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:00:03 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Mar 05 02:00:13 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:00:29 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Tonight’s guest @CascadeWriters has bn a published writer for over 50 yrs if you cnt the poem her mom’s newspaper printd at age 8 #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:00:50 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Karen Junker got serious about it when she met Robert Heinlein at age 17. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:01:04 +0000 2015)
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sffwrtcht: Since then, she has worked on writing events for RWA, several local SFF cons and founded Cascade Writers in 2003 #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:01:26 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Dozens of writers met their agent or editor, learned how to write a query or sub letter, made friends for life through there #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:02:00 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: She hopes to welcome many more readers and writers into the Cascade Writers community through workshops and free author events.#sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:02:14 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: These are held at libraries all over the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:02:27 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at, Facebook and Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:02:40 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @CascadeWriters. Where’d your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from, your highness? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:03:11 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Read Ray Bradbury in h.s., met Robert Heinlein in person (he was a friend’s uncle) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:04:23 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewrtiers Awesome! Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:04:51 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht And of course Star Trek ! (Thu Mar 05 02:05:24 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Elizabeth Hand, Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman, Elizabeth Bear, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tad Williams #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:05:50 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:06:14 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o I wrote for h.s. newspaper, took Creative Writing in college, got a bad critique, then stopped for 30 years #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:07:19 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How long did you write before making your first sale? Did you start with shorts or novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:07:33 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Part of why I started Cascade Writers was to help others learn to take crit and not stop writing #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:07:33 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters That’s very worthwhile indeed. #sffwrtcht #encouragement yay! (Thu Mar 05 02:08:15 +0000 2015)
talekyn: Almost missed @sffwrtcht tonight! @cascadewriters is the guest. Join us by searching #sffwrtcht right here on Twitter! (Thu Mar 05 02:08:56 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht We try to administer chocolate if we see real tears, though.(Thu Mar 05 02:09:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Ooo Chocolate’s good. @cascadewriters Where’d the idea for doing a workshop come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:10:04 +0000 2015)
talekyn: RT @cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Part of why I started Cascade Writers was to help others learn to take crit and not stop writing #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:10:45 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht I wanted to go to Viable Paradise, got antsy and just started my own (then got accepted to VP anyhow) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:11:09 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Nice. @cascadewriters And so Cascade Writers was born. How’s it work? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:11:35 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Workshops were too expensive or far away – we are cheap & have equal quality instructors & classes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:12:23 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o We do workshops, retreats & public author events, free or cheap. All events have a free component for the public. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:12:46 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Is it for writers of all genres or specifically speculative fiction? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:13:05 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o We’ve always done mostly SFF, but also do some other genres, poetry, screenplay, memoir, literary, mystery, history. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:14:26 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: Hey @talekyn. Nice to see ya. Got those words yet? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:14:42 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Also paranormal, romance, etc. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:15:00 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How is a workshop typically structured? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:15:00 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Small groups, critique of work, also classes, pitch to agents, biz & craft development. 1 day up to 4 days. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:17:15 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS Workin’ on ‘em! #sffwrtcht Because I’m not gonna let your crit stop me from writing, right @cascadewriters? (Thu Mar 05 02:17:27 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What subject matters do you cover/teach? Does it vary each time? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:17:29 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn @cascadewriters My last crit for you was a RAVE, sir. #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:17:56 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Business/promo/pitch a bit, mostly craft – story, plotting, character, pacing, worldbuilding, structure. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:18:26 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Why small groups? How are those structured? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:18:38 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Lots of face time with the pros and one-on-one meetings. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:18:52 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How are group participants chosen? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:19:26 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS @cascadewriters Well, yes, but I could be like “well, my work here is done…” #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:19:50 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn well played, sir. Well played. @cascadewriters #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:20:24 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Within the same genre type, random drawing of names from experienced and newer writers, so groups are mixed. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:20:28 +0000 2015)
upwithgravity: RT @sffwrtcht: Tonight’s guest @CascadeWriters has bn a published writer for over 50 yrs if you cnt the poem her mom’s newspaper printd at … (Thu Mar 05 02:20:38 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Who have been/will be some of your instructors? #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:20:47 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @talekyn @BryanThomasS Nah, you should keep him on his toes! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:21:17 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Tor editors Beth Meacham, Claire Eddy. Top agents. Ellen Datlow, John Scalzi, Chuck Wendig, T. McCaffrey, D. Gerrold#sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:22:28 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Actually @talekyn wrote me a terrific (and 1st ever) downhill ice skating story for my @BaenBooks Olympics antho #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:22:56 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How do you choose instructors? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:23:11 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Steven Barnes, many more! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:23:14 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Jay Lake, Ken Scholes, I know as well. Top talent. #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:23:54 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o We love Dream Teams – agent, editor & author who work together. Or whose work we love. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:24:06 +0000 2015)
talekyn: RT @sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Actually @talekyn wrote me a terrific (and 1st ever) downhill ice skating story for my @BaenBooks Olympics … (Thu Mar 05 02:24:10 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Laura Anne Gilman, Randy Henderson, Django Wexler #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:24:20 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @sffwrtcht @cascadewriters @BaenBooks Gonna make me blush! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:24:28 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: ,@cascadewriters What’s the application process for attendees? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:25:35 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Simply register & attach a writing sample. Scholarships available, see our website #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:26:26 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What level of writers do we have to be to apply? #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:26:33 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht We take writers of all levels, newbies to grads of Clarion, VP, Clarion West and Odyssey. (Thu Mar 05 02:27:34 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How early do we need to apply for particular workshops? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:27:43 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Sometimes a new writer will ask a question that makes you have an ‘aha!’ moment! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:28:33 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht Seats are still open for July and filling fast for September with Todd McCaffrey, others reg. will open soon. (Thu Mar 05 02:29:24 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What are some dates for upcoming sessions? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:29:30 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o 2015 – July 23-26. Sept. 25-27. Oct. 16-18, Oct. 24 FREE-Scalzi! 2016 – Feb. 12-14, Apr. 15-18, July 28-31. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:30:26 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What other kinds of events do you put on? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:30:36 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters Are the workshops “in person” only, or do you offer online versions? #sffwrtcht @sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:31:16 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Free writing workshops, author readings, signings and musical/social. Parties/crit groups. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:31:46 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @talekyn @sffwrtcht We are working on filming some panels and interviews to put online in the next year or so.#sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:32:30 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Do you model workshops and events after another workshop or do your own thing? @sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:33:47 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht Very cool. I do occasionally get to the west coast for work purposes, but usually schedule is tight. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:34:40 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht Milford style critiques, pitches, parties, etc. Like others, but smaller groups more cozy! (Thu Mar 05 02:35:09 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Let’s switch gears to Karen the writer for a bit. When you write, do you outline or pants it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:36:21 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Do people come back year after year or is it a one time thing with new students each year? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:37:06 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Outline. Todd McCaffrey is doing a master class on that Sept. 25-27 (Sat. at Tacoma Library is free!) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:38:21 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Some people fly in from out of state year after year, some are new and then move on (@caitkitt for ex.) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:39:09 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Which comes first: character, setting, or plot? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:39:30 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o It was a dark and stormy night…oh, wait…#sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:40:54 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters LOL I’ve never heard that before…oh wait… #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:41:20 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Do you use Scrivener or other “writing software tools”? Write to music? Any rituals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:42:07 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o I should own stock in the PostItNote co. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:42:50 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters Have to ask my usual: does your process differ from short stories to novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:43:07 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Have you written a novel? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:43:24 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @talekyn I have only written one short, 7 novels – I am very wordy! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:43:55 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What’s the goal of Cascade Writers workshops and events? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:44:23 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Yes, 7 – 1 pubbed, 1 was nearly contracted (the pub went bankrupt) and now I mostly crit and organize workshops! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:44:47 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What’s your writing time look like–specific block? Write til you reach word count? Grab it when you can? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:45:12 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Teach writing to all, even the ones who can’t afford snazzy. Get readers with writers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:45:52 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o I no longer write much, but do critique a lot. Not for the faint of heart. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:46:19 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Who are some Cascade Writers alumnae we might know? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:46:46 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters What’s your critique process like? How many read throughs do you do? @sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:47:34 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Shannon K. Butcher, Cassie Alexander, CE Murphy, Randy Henderson, Lauren Dane, Megan Hart, Anya Bast…so many! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:47:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever heard? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:48:04 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:48:13 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Here’s a few,. there’s more #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:48:23 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: In 2 weeks on 3/18, @BaileyRobinW joins us to share about the 50th anniversary Nebula antho, writing Frost & more 9 pm ET live. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:49:11 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Forthcoming Guests 3/18 Robin Wayne Bailey 4/1 Jack Campbell/ @JohnGHemry & More every 2 weeks #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:49:23 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Best – write the book of your heart. Worst -Have to write to be a writer. That is not true. Everything is material. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:49:49 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How can people support workshops like yours? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:50:11 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @talekyn @sffwrtcht I read 7-8 passes and use a crit rubric. #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 02:50:16 +0000 2015)
talekyn: RT @cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht o Best – write the book of your heart. Worst -Have to write to be a writer. That is not true. Everything is … (Thu Mar 05 02:50:39 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht How do you present your crit to the author? (I know this is very subjective.) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:51:24 +0000 2015)
bobcorrigan: @talekyn @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht I think I’d need a drink first… (Thu Mar 05 02:52:05 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters A crit rubric? One you invented or borrowed? Tell us about it please. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:53:05 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @talekyn @sffwrtcht I use Track Changes in Word and also do a detailed narrative critique. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:54:10 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Borrowed- I will find the name of the author and get it to you soon! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:55:32 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: RT @sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How can people support workshops like yours? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:55:50 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht It is extremely detailed and goes into aspects of the craft most people don’t consider. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:56:11 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters How long of pieces do you crit at workshops? How many per author? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:57:13 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht I’d love to see that, too, for the folks I beta-read for. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:57:18 +0000 2015)
laurendane: I don’t know who you are. @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:57:25 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht We love it when people pay a registration fee, Donations are welcome – info at cascadewriters dot com #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:57:38 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @laurendane @sffwrtcht We were formerly called Writer’s Weekend. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:58:09 +0000 2015)
arminsardarpoor: @sffwrtcht SFF Writer Chat Can you believe this? You have to see it; 525 (Thu Mar 05 02:58:39 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Find @CascadeWriters Karen Junker online at, Facebook and Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:59:17 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht 15-20 pages of story or novel chapter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:59:35 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website soon. Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 02:59:51 +0000 2015)
talekyn: RT @sffwrtcht: Find @CascadeWriters Karen Junker online at, Facebook and Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:00:12 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@cascadewriters Allright Well I hope people are more informed about what you do after this. Thanks for making time to chat #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:00:20 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: More than that, @cascadewriters Thanks for supporting and helping writers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:00:36 +0000 2015)
cascadewriters: @sffwrtcht Thanks for having me! See you again soon! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:01:59 +0000 2015)
AuthorNicMorgan: RT @laurendane: I don’t know who you are. @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:02:05 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @cascadewriters OK Good night all! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 05 03:02:21 +0000 2015)
AuthorUniverse: RT @laurendane: I don’t know who you are. @cascadewriters @sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 03:02:23 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @sffwrtcht @cascadewriters Thanks so much for joining us this week! #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 05 03:02:39 +0000 2015)



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