She was probably referring to published finalist, yes. KD was a published finalist and she got to go to the workshop, so I'm thinking that's a go.
From what I understand, finalists don't get critiques (although they do get to edit with Dave if they place). Semi-finalists are the only ones to get critiques from what I've been told.
It took about a couple of weeks last quarter, but that's my only real experience besides Q1.
No idea on the phone call/sleep situation, but she is on Pacific Time, so depending on your time-zone it may be likely.