Norwescon Schedule

I just received my Norwescon schedule. I’m going to be busy!

The Hills are Alive Friday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 6

Setting is more than just the landscape or the furniture. Learn how setting supports and enhances plot and character development and how to make your Fantasy, Horror, and SF settings do more for your story than just be the backdrop.

Philip Brugalette (M), Leah Cutter, Larry Lewis, Kat Richardson

Non-Western Mythologies–Inspiration from Other Places Friday 5:00 p.m. Evergreen 2

Western mythology and legend have had a long-lasting effect on Fantasy/Horror, but they aren’t the only game in town. Native American, Asian, African, and other myths, legends and folktales are also great fantasy fodder. Get in on a discussion of some alternative sources to spice up your Fantasy / Horror.

Kevin Radthorne (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Mimi Noyes, Alma Alexander

Stealing Time: Utilizing Historical Fact and Research in Fantasy and Alternate History Friday 6:00 p.m. Evergreen 1

Panel discussion on gathering and using real history, family lore, and regional eccentricity to enrich Fantasy including Alternate History, Urban Fantasy, and Gothic Horror.

Kat Richardson (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Rhiannon Held

Hell is Gray: The Banality of Evil Friday 8:00 p.m. Cascade 8

Why is it that it’s easier to make a villain interesting, even fun, but a truly good good guy is usually boring. Yet, when we meet a truly bad person, they don’t seem to be very joyful or happy—they seen terribly unhappy and frequently pretty dull. C. S. Lewis called this the banality of evil: uncrative, repetitious, and boring. Hell is not fiery-red, it is gray. How does a writer make good interesting?

Leah Cutter (M), Donna Barr, K.L. Young, Erin Tidwell, Janine Ellen Young

Autograph Session 1 Saturday 11:00 a.m. Evergreen 1 & 2

Creating Emotion-Driven SF/F Saturday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 9

Speculative fiction is often called the fiction of ideas, but wonderful ideas will never see print unless they create an emotional impact. Learn to begin with emotion and then wrap the story around character to affect the reader.

Kevin Radthorne (M), Brenda Cooper, Leah Cutter, Ted Butler

Research: Where to do it/When to do it/When to Stop Saturday 5:00p.m. Cascade 10

Who was the Bishop of Paris back then? What sharp, pointy thing was in fashion at that time? How do you build a rocket ship in your garage? Does it matter? When can I finesse the question? When am I using research to dodge writing? There is nothing worse than reading a fun fantasy of SF and running into data that just does not fit. How do you get beyond it in your Fantasy writing? What can you get away with?

Kevin Radthorne (M), Dan Simmons, Naomi Novik, Leah Cutter

Revision: If I Didn’t Get it Right the First Time, How Do I Do it Better the Second? Saturday 6:00 p.m. Cascade 5

It’s been said that the difference between an accepted and rejected manuscript lies in the rewrite. But how do you make the story better without draining off the manuscript’s vitality? Here’s some folks who have learned to be their own best editors.

Kevin Radthorne (M), Stoney Compton, Brenda Cooper, Jak Koke, Leah Cutter

Reading: Leah Cutter Sunday 12:30 p.m. Cascade 3

Harp of Stars

Leah Cutter

Are There Day Jobs Particularly Suited to the Writer? Sunday 3:00 p.m. Cascade 9

Eating is good. Having a roof over your head is good. But writing is your passion. How some writers managed to eat and stay warm before their words paid the bills.

Leah Cutter (M), Spencer Ellsworth, Mark Ferrari

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