Explore your passion or discover a new one at Norwescon! We’ll have 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 membership. Some workshops require advance signup and a few require a small additional fee for materials. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Look for our lineup of workshops at Norwescon 42 early in 2019!
Explore your passion or discover a new one at Norwescon 41! We’ve got presentations, classes, and demos for convention-goers of all ages. Our pros will offer inspiration and instruction on art, costuming, gaming, space, writing, and more! All workshops are included with your Norwescon 41 membership. A few workshops require a small materials fee, which will be collected at the time of the workshop. Pre-registration is closed; a limited number of slots are reserved for sign up at the convention in Cascade 1.
Current as of May 18, 2018 @ 3:35 pm.
Explore your passion or discover a new one at Norwescon 41! We’ve got presentations, classes, and demos for convention-goers of all ages. Our pros will offer inspiration and instruction on art, costuming, gaming, space, writing, and more! All workshops are included with your Norwescon 41 membership. A few workshops require a small materials fee, which will be collected at the time of the workshop. Advance registration is required through the links below, and a limited number of slots are reserved for sign up at the convention in Cascade 1.
Current as of May 18, 2018 @ 3:35 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
8pm: Digital Cartography
Interested in digital map making but not sure where to start? Bring your laptop, and we’ll walk through the step-by-step process of digital cartography. Create your own world map from scratch, using only your laptop, mouse, and GIMP. Let’s build a better world! You will need to download GIMP, a free graphic program, before the workshop to ensure it is working correctly. Space is limited. Registration required. To sign up, click the registration link at the top of the page.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!