How to Escape the Slush Pile Dungeon
Wednesday, May 20, 5pm-6:30pm

How to Escape the Slush Pile Dungeon with Wendy N. Wagner

In this one-and-a-half-hour class, you’ll learn tips and tricks to get an editor’s attention and keep it. From learning to craft an explosive opening to sorting out your wandering middles, let Lightspeed/Nightmare’s Wendy N. Wagner arm you for your next short story expedition. Bring your latest story and prepare for lots of exercises!

Class open to everyone age 18 and over. 

Wednesday, May 20, 5pm-6:30pm

About the instructor: 

Wendy N. Wagner is the managing/senior editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. Her SF eco-thriller An Oath of Dogs was a Locus bestseller. Her other work includes two novels for the Pathfinder Tales series and more than forty short stories. She also served as the non-fiction editor of Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and the guest editor-in-chief of Queers Destroy Horror! She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family.

About registration: 

The recommended class fee is $50. Discounted options are available for $25 and $10. Select one option that is best for your budget needs. We are also holding space available in all classes for free by lottery system (see below). We are asking everyone to please restrict your class registration to one class during registration on Sunday. If there is still room available later in the week for the classes you are interested in, please go ahead and register.

Class Format & Accessibility: 

One online class session through

Class is run online. If you have questions about the format or content, please contact

Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Questions can be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

Zoom is free for attendees. Please plan to register with Zoom in advance and download on your device. You will be sent a link to your Zoom class in your class email confirmation in the bottom last section of your confirmation. If you do not see a confirmation, please email us at at least two hours before the start of class.

For best results, plan to connect to the class approximately 5 minutes before the start. You will be muted upon entry, but our workshop staff will be setting you to ‘allow to talk’ as they see you join. Plan to have your device on mute unless you are invited to talk to the class. Some instructors will ask you to turn on your camera either throughout the class or during discussion. Classes may be recorded to provide for student review.

We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. 


If you register but cannot attend the workshop, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can contact a waitlisted student and offer them your spot. In order to process a refund, we must receive 24-hour notice and be able to fill the spot with a waitlisted student. Exceptions may be made given emergency circumstances at administrator’s discretion. If Clarion West cancels the class for any reason, refunds will be made as soon as possible after the class has been cancelled.