Workshops at Norwescon

Explore your passion or discover a new one at Norwescon 40! We’ve got presentations, classes, and demos for convention goers of all ages. Our pros will offer inspiration and instruction on art, costuming, culture, film, gaming, history, music, writing, and more! All workshops are included with your Norwescon 40 membership. Some workshops require advance signup and a few require a small additional fee for materials. Questions? Email workshops@norwescon.org.

Current as of Mar. 21, 2017.

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ART WORKSHOPS

Friday

1:30 p.m.: Monster Mash for Mature Mad Scientists

Don your best mad scientist outfit and come create marvelous monsters and creative chimera! We will take cute fluffy stuffed animals and hack them into pieces only to reassemble them in wholly unnatural ways. WARNING! Not for the easily distressed or children! We will be working with scissors and needles and as such only mature mad scientists will be allowed to participate. The only skills required are rudimentary sewing skills (plush is very forgiving) and a sick sense of humor. There will be a $5 materials fee per participant to cover the cost of DNA splitters, splicers, and experimental specimens.

4:00 p.m.: Figure Drawing Workshop: Models in Costume

Models in costume will do a variety of short and medium length poses (3 to 10 minutes). Everyone is welcome to come and sketch or paint. Please bring your own drawing and painting supplies.

6:00 p.m.: Glass Fusing Workshop Part 1

Learn glass fusing with acclaimed space glass artist Joy Day.  Participants will create a small fused glass piece, which will be fired overnight, and available for pick up the following day.  Space is limited: please sign up in Cascade 1.

Saturday

11:30 a.m.: Monster Mash for the Budding Bioengineer

Every budding mad scientist needs to start somewhere… and this is where! We will take cute fluffy stuffed animals and hack them into pieces only to reassemble them into marvelous monsters and creative chimera! Please bear in mind that to attend this workshop, one must be capable handling scissors and needles safely and if you cannot personally sew together your monster’s various bit and pieces you must bring a minion (aka “parent”) to do the dirty work for you! The only skills required are rudimentary sewing skills (plush is very forgiving) and a sick sense of humor. There will be a $5 materials fee per participant to cover the cost of DNA splitters, splicers, and experimental specimens. WARNING! Only adults serving as minions will be allowed to attend!

Sunday

10:00 a.m.: Glass Fusing Workshop Part 2

If you participated in the glass fusing workshop on Friday, please come pick up your glass art.  We will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and how to fix it for next time.

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COSTUMING WORKSHOPS

Thursday

4:00 p.m.: Costume Draping Demo

The basic mechanics and technique for draping a “toile”, your fabric pattern, to create whatever garment you want.  This is how every pattern starts and how high end designers create all their high fashion works of art.  A must skill for anyone wanting to grow their Costuming Skill Set.

Friday

10:00 a.m.: Bead Embroidery Workshop

This 2-hour hands-on workshop will cover the basics of bead-embroidery, supplies needed, options for fabric, stabilizers, needles, and thread. In addition, we can discuss where you can use bead embroidery and how to apply, from costumes, to broaches, to bags and quilts. You get to do hands on experience with at least 3 different bead embroidery stitches. Worksheet and supplies will be provided.

Saturday

10:00 a.m.: Victorian Ribbon Flowers Workshop

Flowers made from ribbons and sewn on skirts, dresses, jackets and hats were  a popular form of embellishment during the Victorian era.  Though very showy and glamorous the techniques are not difficult and once you have the concept you can create all kinds of amazing botanical beauty. This workshop is suitable for adults and teens. Space is limited – Please sign up in Cascade 1.

Sunday

12:00 p.m.: Make Your Own Buttons Workshop

Customize your costume with perfectly matched buttons that will give you a truly couture look. In this panel we show you how to make your own fabric buttons and thread wrapped buttons to match your garment. This workshop is suitable for adults and teens. Space is limited: Please sign up in Cascade 1.

7:00 p.m.: Intro to Leather Tooling Demo

Decorating leather is one of the oldest fashion embellishments and we show you some of the basic tools and techniques you can use to take plain ordinary into extraordinary.

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CULTURE WORKSHOPS

Friday

9:00 p.m.: Flirting 101

Whether you’re married, available, gay, straight, queer (or all that and more) this workshop is for you.  We’ll explore the rules of social engagement between sentient beings and how to break them — the rules, not the sentients. Starting with the terror of “hello” we’ll dive into taking risks, making mistakes, rejection, and how these are stepping-stones to success.

Saturday

7:00 p.m.: Flirting 201: Advanced Flirting

You completed Flirting 101, did the homework, and are ready for more advanced topics. Bi, poly, pan, no-labels, typicals, and aliens are all welcome to this advanced session. Certificates awarded to those who attended both workshops, completed homework, and took the final exam.

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FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

Thursday

5:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Introduction!

You’re probably walking around with a movie camera in your pocket RIGHT NOW! You have access to tons of websites to post videos and powerful software to create, all of it for free. Film making once required thousand of dollars to even get started, but now it can be done with a phone and a quick trip to Home Depot. Come meet local professional film makers and learn the simple tricks and workflow that will make your vision watchable for the rest of us!  In this Introduction panel you get to meet the people involved and learn about what’s to come. We’re even going to film a short film on Saturday, with your help!  Keep an eye out for other Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop events during the weekend and come to our Film Festival on Sunday! Come make movies with us!

6:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Practical Special Effects!

Despite the modern influx of computer generated effects, sometimes your budget or the situation calls for more practical measures. Miniatures, fire, smoke, the ol’ Enterprise is hit with phaser fire everybody lean left trick. Learn from a couple of industry experts how to solve a wide variety of special effects problems for your next epic summer blockbuster.

Friday

12:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Make a Movie With Us!

Come make movies with us! Every year since 2000, we’ve planned and filmed a short film, right here at Norwescon! We pull actors, grips, helpers of all stripe. We then run around frantically for two hours on Saturday filming, filming, filming! Then, through the magic of tiny editing elves, we show the completed movie Sunday at our Norwescon Film Festival!   This is our planning session! Help us come up with our story and plan it, just like a real Hollywood bigwig!

2:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Pre-Production Planning!

Without planning, shooting a film is an exercise in chaos and disappointment. Pre-Production is where you hire the right people, lock down your script, plan your shots, gather your materials and props, get your locations, and, do all that boring paperwork. Pre-Production is the single most important step in filmmaking, so come learn how master it!

3:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Production!

You’ve done all your Pre-Production and now it’s time to shoot! That opens up new problems… who’s in charge on set, who’s bringing the food, what do you do with these actor people and how do make sure you have all the shots you need? Come learn how to manage a set and make production controlled chaos, instead of just chaos. Production is the single most important step in filmmaking, so come learn how master it!

5:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Lights and Sound!

You’ve all seen badly lit movies and you’ve all heard bad audio in videos. These crucial elements aren’t nearly as hard as you may think, yet they’re the two biggest mistakes beginning filmmakers make. Come learn the basics of lighting and the basics of recording clean sound. We’ll share tips, tricks, and horror stories about the times it went wrong. Lights and sound are the single most important steps in filmmaking, so come learn how master it!

Saturday

10:00 a.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Film It!

After all the learning and planning and dreaming the dream, we yell ACTION! Come be a part of our two hour, frantically paced film shoot! Share the laughs and terror of cramming something Hollywood takes 3 months to do, all in two hours.

6:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Editing!

Crafting your film begins and ends with a good edit. Editing has and does make or break films. You can craft the story with editing, you can make a bad actor a good actor with editing, create a jump scare or wind up tension out of nothing. We’re going to concentrate on the craft of editing, not any specific software, as there’s a ton of good, free software at your fingertips. Don’t believe those other guys, editing really is the single most important step in filmmaking! Come learn how master it!

7:00 p.m.: Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Post-Production

Once your film is edited, You’re almost done! You just need to adjust the color, mix the sound, then figuring out how to export it for eager eyeballs. Come learn all the final steps in getting your movie ready for the masses!

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GAMING

Saturday

5:00 p.m.: Miniatures Paint & Take

Come paint a miniature with expert advice from our panelists. Paint, brushes, miniatures and other supplies provided free, and you get to take your fig home at the end!

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HISTORY WORKSHOPS

Friday

2:00 p.m.: What-Ifs of Ancient and Medieval History

Alternate timelines, quantum universes, or just plain-old time machines – all of these concepts create a way for an author to play with history. This will be an interactive panel where the audience will choose a significant event in history and come up with alternatives  – and their consequences.  A lively dialogue always ensues.

Saturday

10:00 a.m.: Norse Sword, Shield, & Spear Tactical Combat

Groups of 20+ participants, equipped with wooden swords, spears, and shields, will learn & practice basic Norse weapon combat skills in a safe, conttrolled environment.  What is it like standing in the shield wall?  Instructors will provide training swords, shields, and spears to be used by participants.  The audience will play an important part in the experience.

11:30 a.m.: Roman Legionary Gladius and Scutum Tactical Combat

Teams of 20+ participants, each equipped with wooden gladius (sword), and regulation scutum (shield) will learn & practice basic Roman Legionary combat skills in a safe, supervised environment.  Learn what is it like to stand in the Roman line.  Instructors will provide training swords and shields, to be used by each group of 20+ participants.  The audience will play an important part in the experience.   Legionaries might expect to be attacked by barbarians.

2:00 p.m.: Ready, Aim, Release! Make a Bow

Make a PVC bow that actually works!

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MILITARY WORKSHOPS

Saturday

4:00 p.m.: The Art and Science of Writing Operational Orders (OPORDS)

Back by popular demand: “new and improved” …. We are extending the one hour panel of past years into a two-hour workshop. Come away with an intimate understanding of the Operational Order format and how to build one from first principles through “signature ready”. Receive small group interaction with OPORD experts. When completed, we’ll run an exercise to demonstrate its completeness and show you the holes in your plan and how to correct them.

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MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Saturday

6:00 p.m.: Find Your Instrument

Have you ever wondered how people figure out what kind of musical instrument they want to play? Several of our pros have volunteered to bring their instruments and introduce them to people. This is a hands-on workshop; after an introduction of the instruments, participants will be able to try out various instruments, and given brief introductions on how to play them, by their owners. This panel is aimed at teens and adults; kids are welcome, but must be of an age and attitude appropriate to handle other peoples’ musical instruments!

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SPACE WORKSHOPS

Friday

11:30 a.m.: Model Rocket Construction Workshop (for kids and their parents)

Learn the basics of model rocket construction and build a rocket of your very own to fly! Materials supplied.

Saturday

4:00 p.m.: Model Rocket Construction Workshop (for Adults)

Learn the basics of model rocket construction and build a rocket of your very own to fly! Materials supplied.

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WRITING WORKSHOPS

Norwescon is pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our panel offerings to include over 15 writing workshops. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from professional writers, editors, publishers, and artists while at the convention. Explore new directions in your writing and thinking, sharpen your skills, and receive critical feedback in a classroom environment.  Beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners of all ages are welcome and there are no extra fees to attend the workshops. Special thanks to our workshop partners Cascade Writers, Clarion West, and Willamette Writers and to all of the instructors who are giving of their time and talent.

Thursday

2:00 p.m.: Write Your Elevator Pitch with Curtis Chen

Whether you’re seeking an agent and traditional publisher, or planning to self-publishing, you need to have an elevator pitch of your book. Loglines and elevator pitches are ways to explain your story/series and pique interest in your work in one or two sentences. This workshop will teach you how to condense your 90,000 word novel or 5 book series into a quick, effective elevator pitch. Presented by Clarion West. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, CURTIS C. CHEN now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne, 2016) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW, and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. He is a graduate of Clarion West and Viable Paradise.

Friday

10:00 a.m.: Picture Book Basics for Aspiring Authors with Lisa Mantchev

Put your pointy thinking caps on and learn the steps to plotting, pacing, and formatting a 32-page picture book with the award-winning author of STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS.  Ages 8-Adult. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. 1 hour. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Lisa Mantchev writes picture books for kids, speculative fiction for teens, and smut for grown-ups. Her first picture book, STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS, was named a 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honorable Mention and a Washington State Book Award Finalist, was translated in six languages, and was endorsed by Amnesty International. Her Théâtre Illuminata trilogy includes the Andre Norton and Mythopoeic awards-nominated EYES LIKE STARS, and her steampunk novel, TICKER, was a Kindle #1 Bestseller.

11:00 a.m.: Escaping the Cage – Write a Short Story in an Hour with Patrick Swenson

This hands-on workshop leads you through a timed and moderated one-hour freewrite. At the conclusion, you’ll have a rough draft (or at least the bare bones) of a short story. Bring your writing notebook, tablet, or laptop, prepared to write nearly the full hour. 1 hour. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, WA.

12:00 p.m.: Fear and Writing in Les Genres with Evan J. Peterson

Humor, horror, and dark fantasy author Evan J. Peterson will lead students in exercises to reduce their fears around writing and publishing. What have you always wanted to write about, but fear has stopped you? What styles are you too embarrassed to try your hand on? Open to writers of all genres and levels of experience. TRIGGER: We may discuss or read samples from authors writing about abuse and other trauma. Presented by Clarion West. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Evan J. Peterson is the author of The PrEP Diaries (Lethe Press), a memoir of life in the new era of HIV prevention. His speculative poetry books include Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press) and The Midnight Channel (Babel/Salvage). His fiction has been published in Weird Tales, The Myriad Carnival, and The Book of Three Gates, and his nonfiction appears in Nightmare Magazine, Queers Destroy Horror, BoingBoing, Best Gay Stories 2015, and The Stranger.

1:00 p.m.: Principles of Branding in Publishing with Lee Moyer

Branding applies to small presses and book series as well as to you as an author. Understanding all the details of publishing and branding will help you whether you plan to work with one of the big six or self-publish.  Participants will come up with five words they want people to think of when they walk into a room and bring those to the workshop. Focus will be placed on how to achieve a persona based on those five words. Come ready to discuss how tying social media, your personal appearance, and even demeanor help create your professional persona. Presented by Cascade Writers. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Portrait of Lee Moyer in 4 decades – 1: Starving Artist 2: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 3: Art Director for EA, Hasbro, Sony, Fox  4: Illustrator for Stephens King & Sondheim, George RR Martin, Tori Amos, Iain M Banks, et al. The Call of Cthulhu, Spiderman 2, 13th Age and The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, a Trio of Literary Pin-Up Calendars. There’s a cunning plan forming, so if you’d like to see more Literary Pin-Ups, please let him know.  

2:00 p.m.: Diversity and Narrative Voice with Nisi Shawl

Learn how to use narration to represent nonstandard speech patterns and make settings based on non-dominant cultures vividly real. Dual focus on techniques both familiar and unfamiliar to the author.  Lecture/discussion, in-class exercises, homework, further recommended reading.  Reading “Writing the Other: A Practical Approach” will be helpful, though it’s not required. Presented by Clarion West. 2 hours. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Tor published Nisi Shawl’s acclaimed first novel Everfair in September 2016. Her 2008 collection Filter House won a James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Shawl was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. She co-edited Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and Strange Matings, a nonfiction anthology about Octavia E. Butler. She helped found the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit supporting the presence of POC in the fantastic genres, and serves on Clarion West’s board of directors.

4:00 p.m.: A Writer’s Toolbox for Description with Brenda Cooper

Science Fiction and Fantasy are all about world building. One aspect of world-building is setting. In this workshop, we’ll hone skills around describing setting both by exploring how bestselling writers use setting and by completing some simple writing exercises in class. Come be creative!  1 hour. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Her most recent novel is Spear of Light, which came out in 2016 from Pyr. Her previous novel, Edge of Dark, was shortlisted for the P.K. Dick and endeavor awards.  See her website at www.brenda-cooper.com. Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with two people, three dogs, more than three computers, and only one TV in it.

8:00 p.m.: Sexing Up/Down Your Sex Scenes with Sienna Saint-Cyr

Sex is a part of our lives. It’s something that most of us can connect to. When added to a novel or short story, an intimate sex scene can offer a lot of insight into your characters. Does your character hide under the sheets and insist the lights are off? Do they shout wildly as they engage? Do they like an audience? How about if you’re writing a young adult novel and don’t want things so obvious? When do you choose to add more detail and/or fade to black? Come prepared to work your sex scenes! We’ll discuss what kind of sex scene is right for your written work and just how much detail to put into it based on genre and what the author would like to achieve with the scene. Presented by Cascade Writers. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Sienna Saint-Cyr writes about sex, BDSM, and important relating topics. Along with writing erotica and romance, she speaks at conventions, workshops, and for private gatherings on such sex-positive topics as a healthy body image, using sexuality to promote healing, and navigating diverse or nontraditional relationships. She also runs a local writing workshop under the name Alaina Ewing.

9:00 p.m.: Screenwriting 101

If you want to learn everything you need to know to start your feature screenplay, this panel is for you. You will get taught every step of the Screenwriting process – how to choose a genre, build captivating characters, create conflict and more! This is the first step, and step two is on Saturday! (Please feel free to bring your laptop or notebook and pen; we’ll have paper and pens available as well.)

Canticles Productions (M)

Saturday

10:00 a.m.: How to Make and Publish Your Own Ebook with Tod McCoy

We all know that ebooks are a necessary component of sales, but how does one go about making one on their own? Can it be done? Yes, it can. This seminar will give you the basics of creating ebooks from scratch. We will crack an ebook open and look at the coding, talk about formats and what freeware to use, how to work with covers, testing, and where you can post your ebook for sale. Oh, and ISBNs. Presented by Clarion West. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Tod McCoy is a Seattle writer whose work has appeared in the anthologies The People’s Apocalypse, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and in The Gloaming. He has work forthcoming in Starward Tales II and Asimov’s. A Clarion West graduate, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House, whose catalog includes Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, and two collections by Cat Rambo: Near+Far, which generated a Nebula nomination, and Neither Here Nor There.

11:00 a.m.: Making Up Stories – And Making Them Better with Nancy Kress

In this workshop, kids will begin to write a story, and every few paragraphs we will learn how to make it better by writing good description, using strong verbs, adding characters’ thoughts, and thinking up exciting things to happen in the story. Worksheets will be provided. 1 hour. Ages 8-11. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Nancy Kress is the author of 33 books, most recently AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL.  Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.  She is best known for her stories about the Sleepless, people genetically engineered to not need sleep.  Nancy frequently teaches writing at various venues, including numerous Clarions, summer writing workshops, and a semester as a visiting professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.  She lives in Seattle with her husband, SF writer Jack Skillingstead.

12:00 p.m.: Fantastic Foldies for the Comic Creator or Zine-ster In All of Us with Liz Argall

All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can make an unfolding mini-comic that doesn’t need staples, has hidden surprises and gets your story out into the world fast. Once you’ve created your original foldies are one of the fastest and cheapest zines to get out in the world as all you need is one page B&W double sided printing. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to play around with visual storytelling, from people who aren’t sure how to draw stick figures, writers who want to collaborate better with artists, to visual artists looking for a different way to play with the form. Some art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring pencils, pens, or erasers. Presented by Cascade Writers. 1 hour. Ages 10+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Liz Argall writes SFF and creates the all ages webcomic, Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Antipodes, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death, and Escape Artists’ podcasts. She doesn’t remember her first D&D game, because she was four. She lives in Seattle, but her heart misses the big silly birds of Australia.

1:00 p.m.: Jumpstart Your Novel with Mark Teppo

What’s the easiest thing about being a writer? Sitting in a chair! What’s the second easiest thing about being a writer? Putting your hands on a keyboard! What’s the hardest thing about being a writer? Making words come out of your brain! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started thinking about writing a novel or have done a dozen of them; getting started on a new project is always the hardest part. Learn a technique that will help you outline an entire novel in a little under two hours. Idea stacking, plot spinning, pants wearing: all of these tools will be at your disposal as you settle into that writing chair and start your brain fire!  2 hours. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Mark Teppo is the founder and publisher of Resurrection House, an independent genre publisher. He is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Potemkin Mosaic, Earth Thirst, and Lightbreaker. He also teaches on writing and living a creative life.

4:00 p.m.: Worldbuilding: Layer like an Onion with Kat Richardson

Layering information context for plot and clue development and world building. See examples of how Kat layers clues and information into her timelines and outlines to create an arch and achieve follow through. This method will help whether doing traditional world building or in cases of mysteries—where the clues make the story—ensure that each clue hits its intended marker. Attendees will be able to ask questions after the lecture portion and get input on ways to layer their own information throughout their story/novel. Presented by Cascade Writers. 1 hour. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.

Kat Richardson is the bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. She lives in the wilds of Western Washington with her husband and two dogs where they hunt yetis. They haven’t caught one yet, but they’re still looking….

9:00 p.m.: Screenwriting 102

Already know the basics? Time to put it to use. Each individual in this class-like panel will go through a step-by-step process to write a 5 Minute Short Film they can shoot themselves! We’ll delve into the depths of Dialogue, how to drive a Scene, and how to tell a story from Beginning to Middle to End in only 5-Minutes! (Please feel free to bring your laptop or notebook and pen; we’ll have paper and pens available as well.)

Canticles Productions (M)

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YOUTH WORKSHOPS

Friday

10:00 a.m.: Build Your Own Journal

Learn to use scrap paper, magazines, photos and more to make your own journal for capturing your thoughts, story ideas, and all the memorable events of life. Brought to you by Swords for Scribes.

10:00 a.m.: Picture Book Basics for Aspiring Authors with Lisa Mantchev

Put your pointy thinking caps on and learn the steps to plotting, pacing, and formatting a 32-page picture book with the award-winning author of STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS.  Ages 8-Adult. 1 hour. Space is limited. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Lisa Mantchev writes picture books for kids, speculative fiction for teens, and smut for grown-ups. Her first picture book, STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS, was named a 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honorable Mention and a Washington State Book Award Finalist, was translated in six languages, and was endorsed by Amnesty International. Her Théâtre Illuminata trilogy includes the Andre Norton and Mythopoeic awards-nominated EYES LIKE STARS, and her steampunk novel, TICKER, was a Kindle #1 Bestseller.

11:00 a.m.: Escaping the Cage – Write a Short Story in an Hour with Patrick Swenson

This hands-on workshop leads you through a timed and moderated one-hour freewrite. At the conclusion, you’ll have a rough draft (or at least the bare bones) of a short story. Bring your writing notebook, tablet, or laptop, prepared to write nearly the full hour. 1 hour. Ages 13+. Space is limited. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, WA.

12:00 p.m.: Wands for Wizards

Come decorate your own training wand and get ready for Wizard Dueling at 1:30 p.m.! Open to wizards of any and all genders. Brought to you by Swords for Scribes.

4:00 p.m.: A Writer’s Toolbox for Description with Brenda Cooper

Science Fiction and Fantasy are all about world building. One aspect of world-building is setting. In this workshop, we’ll hone skills around describing setting both by exploring how bestselling writers use setting and by completing some simple writing exercises in class. Come be creative!  1 hour. Ages 13+. Space is limited. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Her most recent novel is Spear of Light, which came out in 2016 from Pyr. Her previous novel, Edge of Dark, was shortlisted for the P.K. Dick and endeavor awards.  See her website at www.brenda-cooper.com. Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with two people, three dogs, more than three computers, and only one TV in it.

5:00 p.m.: Making Plastic From Milk

Did you know milk can be made into plastic? Come to learn how and make your own small figure or tag from cow’s milk!

Saturday

11:00 a.m.: Making Up Stories – And Making Them Better with Nancy Kress

In this workshop, kids will begin to write a story, and every few paragraphs we will learn how to make it better by writing good description, using strong verbs, adding characters’ thoughts, and thinking up exciting things to happen in the story. Worksheets will be provided. 1 hour. Ages 8-11. Space is limited. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Nancy Kress is the author of 33 books, most recently AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL.  Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.  She is best known for her stories about the Sleepless, people genetically engineered to not need sleep.  Nancy frequently teaches writing at various venues, including numerous Clarions, summer writing workshops, and a semester as a visiting professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.  She lives in Seattle with her husband, SF writer Jack Skillingstead.

12:00 p.m.: Fantastic Foldies for the Comic Creator or Zine-ster In All of Us with Liz Argall

All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can make an unfolding mini-comic that doesn’t need staples, has hidden surprises and gets your story out into the world fast. Once you’ve created your original foldies are one of the fastest and cheapest zines to get out in the world as all you need is one page B&W double sided printing. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to play around with visual storytelling, from people who aren’t sure how to draw stick figures, writers who want to collaborate better with artists, to visual artists looking for a different way to play with the form. Some art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring pencils, pens, or erasers. Presented by Cascade Writers. 1 hour. Ages 10+. Space is limited. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Liz writes SFF and creates the all ages webcomic, Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Antipodes, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death, and Escape Artists’ podcasts. She doesn’t remember her first D&D game, because she was four. She lives in Seattle, but her heart misses the big silly birds of Australia.

5:00 p.m.: Kids’ Masquerade Costume Parade Workshop

Our fantastic costume pros will help families prepare for the Kids’ Masquerade Parade using the items you bring, and the accessories and bling we have on hand to create a one-of-a-kind Kids’ Masquerade costume!

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