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What follows is a listing of all events planned for Friday, April 14th. Programming grids are getting the final touches, and will be added soon.

Schedules for the rest of the weekend are listed here, or jump directly to ThursdaySaturday, or Sunday.

We will be updating this list as major changes occur, until the convention opens. This list is current as of Mar. 21, 2017.

Youth Art & Craft Contest Closes
Olympic 1
8:30 a.m.
The deadline to submit your craft, costume, story, or art on the theme Over The Hills and Far Away is Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. Submissions will be judged in categories of type of submission and by age categories (Newest Fen 0-2, Pre-Fen 3-5, Kid Fen 6-8, Young Fen 9-12). Items will be on display until Sunday, when awards will be given and submissions will be returned to their creators.
Danielle Gembala (M)
Sensory Friendly Open Time
Olympic 1
9–9:30 a.m.
Olympic 1 will be filled with sensory-friendly items and activities for our neurodivergent members and their caregivers to drop-in to a safe space to slow down, stim, or just be themselves.
Danielle Gembala (M)
Pathfinder and D&D Adventurer’s League
Rotunda 1
9 a.m.–2 a.m.
Pathfinder Society and Dungeons and Dragons’ Adventurers League will be running games throughout the weekend. Check the gaming schedule for details.
Story Time for Preschoolers
Olympic 1
9:30–10 a.m.
Join us for stories and activities for our preschool-aged fen (3-5 years, younger siblings welcome).
Kate Ristau (M)
Reading: Alex Irvine
Cascade 2
10–10:30 a.m.
TBD
Alex Irvine (M)
Comics and Kids’ Real Lives
Cascade 3&4
10–11 a.m.
Every day children in this country face horrible realities alone, including starvation, sexual and physical abuse, and bullying. They come to terms with their gender identities and sexual orientations, or the fact that they have to hide them. So why do we try to sanitize the media we let them consume, and how can we instead use comics to help them explore these topics?
Mickey Schulz (M), Spencer Ellsworth, Brenna Clarke Gray, Dylan Templar
Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing
Cascade 5&6
10–11 a.m.
Self-publishing 101! Curious about self-publishing but unsure if it’s for you? Want to self-publish but don’t know where to start? Pros will outline the basics of self-publishing: finding editors and cover artists, avoiding common pitfalls and scams, formatting your books for e-readers and print, and putting your work up for sale. Have questions or concerns? Come ask!
Dale Ivan Smith (M), Tori Centanni, Scott James Magner, Shannon Page
Story Form, and the Pros and Cons of Each
Cascade 7&8
10–11 a.m.
Novel, flash, short story, novelette––narrative fiction comes in multiple forms. How do they differ, other than word count? How are they alike? Join our panel of writers as they discuss the benefits and constraints that each form brings to the table.
Mark Teppo (M), Caroline M. Yoachim, Peter Orullian, Esther Jones
Geek Identity and Geek Policing
Cascade 9
10–11 a.m.
What are Geek Identity, Geek Policing, and Gatekeeping? Why is it important when we’re staying active and proud of our fandoms to not dip into policing and gatekeeping? How do we bridge the age gap in SF/F and include younger generations? We, all of us, nerds of all races, genders, orientations, and ages need to stop the gatekeeping and start building bridges.
Donna Prior (M), Sar Surmick, Sheye Anne Blaze
Dystopia / Utopia
Cascade 10
10–11 a.m.
As science fiction looks forward, some see a bleak, broken world while others find a utopia. Our panelists discuss this dual outcome and how what we say about tomorrow reflects on how we view today.
Susan R. Matthews (M), Nisi Shawl, Brenda Cooper, Kurt Cagle, Dr. Dana Andrews
New Con Member 101
Cascade 11
10–11 a.m.
Congratulations on your first steps into fandom! This may be a scary yet exciting adventure and we want to make you feel welcome. This panel is about all the benefits as a member of a convention and how your continued support and/or volunteering can ensure the success for future new members.
Jennifer Baker (M)
Picture Book Basics for Aspiring Authors: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
10–11 a.m.
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+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Lisa Mantchev (M)
Bead Embroidery Workshop
Cascade 13
10–11:30 a.m.
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of bead embroidery, the supplies needed, and options for fabric, stabilizers, needles, and thread. In addition, we can discuss where you can use bead embroidery, and how to apply it to anything from costumes to broaches, bags and quilts. You get to do hands-on experience with at least 3 different bead embroidery stitches. Worksheet and supplies will be provided.
Theresa Halbert (M), Bethany Roullett
Weapons and Armour of the Middle Ages
Evergreen 1&2
10–noon
See and feel how hand weapons changed and developed, and how body armour evolved, from late Roman times until the Renaissance. All weapons will be explained and presented for safe handling by the participants. Various types of armour will be displayed and described. Participants will be able to freely handle real pieces of armour and modern replicas. This experience will be like a museum where you can try on the artifacts. Handouts will be available.
Bill Gruner (M), Mark Chapman, Brian Snoddy, Ann Shilling, Norman K. Moss, Alan Andrist, Alan Paulsen, Peter Fuller
Nuclear Power—Then, Now, and Beyond
Evergreen 3&4
10–11 a.m.
It was the Power of the Future; now some say it is past its time. What has nuclear power looked like, and what might it look like in the future?
Mike Brennan (M), Peter N. Glaskowsky, David Shoemaker
Keith and Alan’s Movie News and Previews: One Eye Open!
Grand 3
10–noon
Keith and Alan return for the first of two shows this year! Get up early and join us for the latest previews, news and rumors–the hot topics and the latest trends–out of Hollywood. We highlight the latest info, innovations, and challenges and also the wider entertainment culture: TV shows, home video, theme parks–the whole gamut! Grab your seat early for all the latest.
Keith Johnson (M), Alan Halfhill
All-Ages Scheduled Gaming
Maxi’s Ballroom
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games from our lending library. We have RPGs, computer games, LARPs, card games, board games, and so much more! Need ADA access for a game? Please speak to our staff when you sign up so we can be sure to meet your needs.
Build your own Journal
Olympic 1
10–11 a.m.
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.
Kim Switzer (M), Matthew Howden
Koffee Klatch: Cathy Plesko
Pro Suite
10–11 a.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Cathy Plesko (M)
Koffee Klatch: Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
Pro Suite
10–11 a.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat (M)
All-Ages Game Demos
Salon
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
All weekend there are dealers and game developers running demos of games in Maxi’s Salon. Come up and see the latest and greatest games and talk to game developers.
Reading: David D. Levine
Cascade 2
10:30–11 a.m.
Arabella and the Battle of Venus: Get a sneak preview of Arabella and the Battle of Venus, sequel to Arabella of Mars, coming in July! Rated G.
David D. Levine (M)
Reading: Matt Youngmark
Cascade 2
11–11:30 a.m.
Spellmonkeys: The first chapter of my upcoming novel, Spellmonkeys, a humorous fantasy romp with ONLY ONE ENDING LIKE A REGULAR BOOK, OMG I’M SORRY IN ADVANCE TO ALL MY HARDCORE FANS! Rated PG.
Matt Youngmark (M)
Paging Dr. Doolittle
Cascade 3&4
11–noon
More than just the ability to communicate, some animals seem to have actual language: nouns, verbs, adjectives, even regional dialects. Will we ever be able to communicate with other species, or would our differences be too great for mutual understanding?
Kurt Cagle (M), Manny Frishberg
Worldbuilding: Geography Meets Story
Cascade 5&6
11–noon
The setting in fantasy can often play as much a part of the story as the characters. Join our panelists as they discuss fantasy geography and what kinds of specifics create a compelling setting.
Django Wexler (M), Carol Berg, Alex C. Renwick, Kay Kenyon, Joseph Brassey
Choosing the Right Game for My Group
Cascade 7&8
11–noon
You formed a group to play something, and then you finished it. Now what? One player doesn’t like themed games, one player won’t play cooperatives, and that player only likes things where they can hit something with their axe. How do you find the right game for your specific group of people? Come hear our panelists talk about different types of games and players and strategies to bring them together.
Ogre Whiteside (M), Donna Prior, Jeremy Zimmerman, Sar Surmick
The Geek Life
Cascade 9
11–noon
It’s a hard Geek Life for me. Let’s examine geek culture in the 21st century and why it’s good to be a geek now.
Shannon (M), Shubzilla, Mike Underwood, Jason Bourget
The Nature of Artificial Intelligence
Cascade 10
11–noon
Some of the first science fiction was about artificial intelligence, or the faking thereof. There have been some advances since then. Where are we now and what does the future look like? When will Siri not only be able to tell you where to go on a date, but actually go on a date with you?
Sean Hagle (M), Michael Ormes, Cory Ench
Minions (and we don’t mean the little yellow guys).
Cascade 11
11–noon
Costuming all those characters that aren’t the hero.
Kat Marier (M), Melissa Quinn, Carmen Beaudry, Deborah Strub
Escaping the Cage: Write a Short Story in an Hour: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
11–noon
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. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Patrick Swenson (M)
Bread, Cheese, and Microbrews
Evergreen 3&4
11–noon
Since ancient history, humans have made use of yeast, bacteria, and mold to preserve food. Our panelists will discuss the culinary history of microorganisms and their importance to human civilization, and how they might let us live in space.
Dr. Ricky (M), DameRuth, Catska Ench
Art Show Tour with Cat Grey
Grand 1
11–noon
Cat Grey talks in-depth about her work in the show and shares her thoughts about selected other works as well. Come enjoy an artist’s perspective on the Norwescon Art Show!
Cat Grey
Guest of Honor Reading: Ian McDonald
Grand 2
11–noon
Guest of Honor Ian McDonald reads from Luna: Wolf Moon. The Theory and Practice of Baking Cakes on the Moon.
Ian McDonald (M)
Ask A Fae
Olympic 1
11–noon
Do you have a question that only the Fae can answer? Or maybe you just want to know what fairies wear to the Fairy Queen’s Ball? Our fairy writers will be on hand in Olympic 1 to dictate your message to the Fae with their magickal tools. A genuine letter from a Fae is guaranteed to be available for pickup in Olympic 1 at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning (or by arrangement).
Lisa Mantchev (M), Kate Ristau, Amélie Mantchev
LGBTQ Meet & Greet
Olympic 2
11 a.m.–noon
Come hang out with your fellow LGBTQ fans in a casual mixer environment. Meet n’ greet and find new folks to wander the con with.
Eric Starker
Koffee Klatch: Mark Teppo
Pro Suite
11–noon
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Mark Teppo (M)
Koffee Klatch: PJ Manney
Pro Suite
11–noon
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
PJ Manney (M)
Reading: Randy Henderson
Cascade 2
11:30–noon
Smells Like Finn Spirit Reading Party! Non-drowsy Daytime Reading Formula! Q&A! Prizes! Come hear Randy read from the third book in the Finn Fancy series from Tor (US)/Titan (UK), Smells Like Finn Spirit! There will be laughs, knowledge dropping, and prize giving! Rated G.
Randy Henderson (M)
Fashion of the Future: 50 Years of Trek
Cascade 10
noon–1 p.m.
Star Trek has always mirrored so much about the culture of the time, hopes, fears, and aspirations and this was certainly true fashion wise. We look back on fashions high and low throughout the Trek universe.
Theresa Halbert (M), Kathryn Brant, Melissa Quinn
What’s Beautiful on Neptune?
Cascade 11
noon–1 p.m.
Different cultures value different things.  Join our panelists as they discuss the different conceptions of beauty and wealth that exist in sci-fi and what kinds of different characteristics may appear in the future.
Alex C. Renwick (M), Arthur Bozlee
Fear and Writing in Les Genres: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
noon–1 p.m.
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. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Evan J. Peterson (M)
Model Rocket Construction Workshop (for kids and their parents)
Cascade 13
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Learn the basics of model rocket construction and build a rocket of your very own to fly! Materials supplied.
Dave Davis (M), Eric Snyder
Reading: Spencer Ellsworth
Cascade 2
noon–12:30 p.m.
Spencer reads a selection from an upcoming work! Rated PG.
Spencer Ellsworth (M)
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Make a Movie With Us!
Cascade 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
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, and helpers of all stripes. 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!
dQniel Kaufman (M), Ryan K. Johnson, Brian D. Oberquell, Eric Morgret, John Medlong
The Military of Tomorrow… And the Day After
Cascade 5&6
noon–1 p.m.
Geared for writers and those curious for what is coming in the near and far future. We’ll extrapolate current trends and speculate on the impact of rapidly evolving technical and social systems. We will review force structure, organization, and equipment. We’ll study how masters such as Tom Clancy and Robert Heinlein gazed into to the future and what shaped their vision of what was to come.
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Russell Ervin, Joseph Malik, Alan Paulsen
Internet and Real Life Trolls
Cascade 7&8
noon–1 p.m.
From Doxxing to Cyber-bullying, to the people who just don’t think that being “PC” is important or has a place in SF/F. How does this affect the real people who are being subjected to mistreatment? What can we do take a stand against it? Should we and how should we?
Mickey Schulz (M), Donna Prior, Brenna Clarke Gray, J. F. High
Designer Humans
Cascade 9
noon–1 p.m.
Emerging technologies for gene editing are set to turn science fiction into science fact. What will start as a way to cure genetic diseases before birth could easily become a way to order custom-built children: taller, stronger, more intelligent, and less prone to infection. Maybe they will be modified to live in a hotter world with fewer resources, or perhaps adapted to life on a space station. What limits, if any, should be placed on these technologies?
Jake McKinzie (M), Vickie Bligh, Sar Surmick, David Shoemaker
Character and Transformation
Evergreen 1&2
noon–1 p.m.
Transformation is the reinvention of the self by the self. It represents the hero’s search for wholeness. Discuss with our panelists this integral process of your character becoming a more complete human being.
Mark J. Ferrari (M), Peter Orullian, Tina Connolly, Randy Henderson
Mad Libs Filk
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
Filk in the blanks. Our pros will take words from the audience and plug them into existing filk songs. The results are sure to be as far flung as the imaginations of the participants.
Jen K (M)
Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
Grand 2
noon–1 p.m.
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.
Gordon Van Gelder (M), Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo, Matt Hill, Claudia Casper
The Latest View of Pluto
Grand 3
noon–1 p.m.
All 50 gigabytes of data from the New Horizons encounter with Pluto has been downloaded to scientists on Earth. What have we learned about this mysterious outpost at the fringe of the solar system?
Bridget Landry, Cathy Plesko, Ethan Siegel
Fin-tastical Story Time
Olympic 1
noon–12:30 p.m.
Bring your guppies over to Olympic 1 for some Fin-tastically magical stories, and possibly songs and games.
Mermaid SIF (M)
Reading: PJ Manney
Cascade 2
12:30–1 p.m.
(ID)ENTITY. The sequel to the PK Dick Award-nominated (R)EVOLUTION finds a new country and world for Thomas Paine, aka Major Tom. When his friend and identity broker, Dr. Who, is kidnapped and the seasteads of the world are attacked, he must come out of hiding and stop the destruction of all the newly evolving ways of life his revelations enabled. But who will win? The powers-that-once-were, who want the world to go backwards? Or those striving for a new life? Rated PG.
PJ Manney (M)
Wands for Wizards
Olympic 1
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Come decorate your own training wand and get ready for Wizard Dueling. Open to wizards of any and all genders. Brought to you by Swords for Scribes.
Kim Switzer (M), Eric Snyder, Matthew Howden
Principles of Branding in Publishing
Baker
1–2 p.m.
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. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Lee Moyer (M)
Self-Publishing Comics: Online and On Paper
Cascade 3&4
1–2 p.m.
Our panelists will talk about the ins and outs of drawing, writing, and producing your own comics without the support of a bigger company.
Julie McGalliard (M), Matt Youngmark
Failing Upward
Cascade 5&6
1–2 p.m.
Let’s be honest: publishing is full of failure. Failing to sell a book (or five), failing to get your dream agent or publisher, or failing to find readers for your book … the list goes on. But there’s a silver lining: we learn from failures, adapt, grow, and move on to greater successes. Pros will discuss their own failures and disappointments, and how those things actually helped get them where they needed to be, as well as strategies you can use to cope with failures of your own.
Kat Richardson (M), Lisa Mantchev, Jack Skillingstead, Scott James Magner
Small Pox: The Great Devastator
Cascade 7&8
1–2 p.m.
The disease ravaged Europe and Asia repeatedly. Many of the survivors were badly disfigured. But when the disease was transported to lands that had not had the disease, the effects were catastrophic. What is this now largely extinct disease, and how did it ravage the New World?
Alan Andrist (M), Bill Gruner, Adrienne Carlson, Vickie Bligh
Horror’s Role in Perpetuating Fear of the Other
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
At the root of horror is the fear of the unknown. On this panel we’ll explore examples of how, both openly and through metaphor and allegory, horror creates an Us vs. Them narrative, and how that can ripple out into a larger cultural narrative.
Arinn Dembo (M), Tegan Moore, J. F. High, Evan J. Peterson, Jason Bourget
Bamboo!
Cascade 10
1–2 p.m.
Back by popular demand! It is hard to overstate how cool bamboo is, and how well it can fit into sf/f stories. Come see it, touch it, listen to it, and maybe take a piece or two home with you.
Mike Brennan (M)
Worldbuilding: Coin of the Realm
Cascade 11
1–2 p.m.
“Coin of the realm” is a metaphor for how the economic structure of your world operates. Do your characters hunt or farm, barter or buy? Do they use currency? Where are goods manufactured? How are they paid for? Come discuss how this one layer of detail can inform your entire story, regardless of its plot.
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Nancy Kress, Renee Stern, Wendy N. Wagner
Picking Up the Pace in YA: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
1–2 p.m.
Fast-paced is currently the calling card of best-selling young adult novels. But how do we pick up the pace without leaving the reader in the dust? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discover how dialogue and description can work to keep your reader engaged. Presented by Willamette Writers. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Kate Ristau (M)
Secret Space Stations
Evergreen 1&2
1–2 p.m.
In the 1960s both the United States and Soviet Union were deeply involved with building military space stations. The U.S. station called MOL never flew manned, but the Soviets launched and operated two such stations code named ALMAZ. The veil of secrecy is finally being lifted on these stations and they tell a story of changing capabilities, changing technology, and changing focus. Come take a peek inside a very dark, very seldom viewed slice of space history.
Dan DeLong, Arthur Bozlee
I Could Never Cosplay That!
Evergreen 3&4
1–2 p.m.
Too often we hear costumers lament how, for whatever reason, they could never recreate a favorite media character because “it would be too expensive,” “I’m the wrong shape,” “I’m the wrong gender,” or “I’m too old.” Bring your wish list and we will tackle the challenge. Cosplay is a celebration and there is no one right way to depict your favorite character. It’s a big sandbox and we all get to play!
Richard Stephens (M), Bethany Roullett, Ethan Siegel, Anita Taylor
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Grand 2
1–2 p.m.
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood
Movie Trends Meetup
Olympic 2
1–2 p.m.
Talk with Keith Johnson (of Keith & Alan’s Movie News) about the state of movies and the entertainment industry. We’ll take a deeper look at trends and issues than we can during our panels. Hosted by Keith Johnson.
Keith Johnson
Mer-ing 101
Poolside
1–2 p.m.
Come meet some fun Merfolk and learn more about the mer-life. (Please enter poolside from Concourse 2.)
Mermaid SIF (M), Zir0, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Triton Mahtlinnie, Cuddlefish
Monster Mash for Mature Mad Scientists
Cascade 13
1:30–3:30 p.m.
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.
Mimi Noyes (M), Liv Rainey-Smith
Wizard Dueling
Olympic 1
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Bring your newly decorated training wand and learn to use it to defeat your opponents. (Extra wands will be available if you didn’t make it to Wands for Wizards.) Open to boys, girls, and other magical creatures. Brought to you by Kim Switzer and Matthew Howden of Swords for Scribes.
Eric Snyder, Kim Switzer, Matthew Howden
Reading: Cat Rambo
Cascade 2
2–2:30 p.m.
Wizards of West Seattle. Come find out why you don’t mess with the magical denizens of West Seattle. Rated PG.
Cat Rambo (M)
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Pre-Production Planning!
Cascade 3&4
2–3 p.m.
Without planning, shooting a film is an exercise in chaos and disappointment. Preproduction 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. Preproduction is the single most important step in filmmaking, so come learn how master it!
dQniel Kaufman (M), Brian D. Oberquell, Eric Morgret, Ryan K. Johnson, John Medlong
A Call to Action by Any Other Name Remains the Same
Cascade 5&6
2–3 p.m.
A discussion regarding a character’s core call to action, regardless of race, gender, and orientation. What kinds of common motivations can unite diverse characters and make them relatable to all?
G.R. Theron (M), Peter Orullian, Joseph Malik, Kristi Charish, Joseph Brassey
I Am A Teenage Geek
Cascade 7&8
2–3 p.m.
Sometimes parents just don’t understand. What is it like to be a geeky teenager in the 21st century? Come join some actual teenagers to discuss what is cool today, what you need to be playing, watching, and reading, and what your pop culture future looks like.
Wednesday Phoenix (M), Amélie Mantchev
How Being an Engaged Patient Can Save Your Life
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
Patients around the world are changing the healthcare model by becoming partners in their own care. What is an engaged patient, how can you become engaged, and why should you care?
Jude-Marie Green (M), Vickie Bligh, Matt Hammond, Sean Hagle, Alan Andrist
Future Weapons Systems: Physics and Engineering
Cascade 10
2–3 p.m.
Deep dive into future weapons systems. We’ll look at the basic physics of kinetic, particle, and energy based weapons and how we anticipate current and projected evolutionary vectors to unfold into the engineering of tomorrow. We’ll emphasize how writers can maintain technical authenticity without requiring advanced physics or engineering degrees.
Bart Kemper (M), Jon Rogers
Raising the Stakes
Cascade 11
2–3 p.m.
High stakes in fiction add tension and create character development, as well as help make readers care about what happens. What are stakes and how do you raise them? Learn how to add stakes into your work effectively as pros discuss their methods for elevating tension and increasing the stakes in their writing.
Mark Teppo (M), PJ Manney, Kat Richardson, David D. Levine
Diversity and Narrative Voice: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
2–4 p.m.
Learn how to use narration to represent non-standard 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, and further recommended reading. Presented by Clarion West. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Nisi Shawl (M)
The Art of Cory and Catska Ench
Evergreen 1&2
2–3 p.m.
Catska Ench, Cory Ench
What-Ifs of Ancient and Medieval History
Evergreen 3&4
2–4 p.m.
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.
Russell Ervin (M), Bill Gruner, Peter Fuller, Ann Shilling, Kurt Cagle, Adrienne Carlson, Brenda Cooper
Concert: Dogwood
Grand 3
2–3 p.m.

Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle’s undergrowth, this chimerical songbird aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps and twirls acro’st both ancient myth and accidental malady. This little troubadour delights in bringing life to the voices of the past, so come and share a pomegranate seed or two!

Dogwood is a 2013 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre/Playwrighting who inherited her father’s passion for bluegrass and her mother’s love for eighties pop and opera (and discovered punk and David Bowie all on her own). Her first ever role on a stage was at the tender age of three, when she played Persephone in a summer daycare production of the Greek myths. She’s been hooked on them ever since, and it is from those and other ancient tales that the sparks of her inspiration most often originate, in song and poem form alike. Five years ago, she picked up a ukulele and hasn’t looked back.

The “No”-ers Just Be Jelly”
Poolside
2–3 p.m.
ANYONE can Mer! Haters just be jelly(fishes)! Swim on down to the poolside to discuss personal insecurities and ‘everyone issues’ with our Mers! (Please enter poolside from Concourse 2.)
Zir0 (M), Mermaid SIF, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Triton Mahtlinnie, Cuddlefish
Reading: Sonia Orin Lyris
Cascade 2
2:30–3 p.m.
Excerpt from Book 2, Seer Saga. Rated G.
Sonia Orin Lyris (M)
Art and Craft Open Time
Olympic 1
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Drop by for crafts and activities for our young members.
Wendy N. Wagner, Adia, Raven J. Demers
Reading: Susan diRende
Cascade 2
3–3:30 p.m.
Unpronounceable. A Jersey waitress-with-attitude is chosen by lottery to be Earth’s ambassador to the Unpronounceable Planet of the Blobs. Set up as the patsy for an interstellar takeover, Rose discovers the secret of the blobs and figures out how to face down the U.N., the world, and even her sister, the hatefully angelic Alice. Rated PG.
Susan diRende (M)
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Production!
Cascade 3&4
3–4 p.m.
You’ve done all your Preproduction 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!
dQniel Kaufman (M), Ryan K. Johnson, Brian D. Oberquell, Eric Morgret, John Medlong
Face Off: Magic Rumble
Cascade 5&6
3–4 p.m.
Join our two panelists and moderator as they do battle (figuratively) using only magic spells provided by our audience.
G.R. Theron (M), Peter Orullian, Frog Jones
Fandom In Daily Life
Cascade 7&8
3–4 p.m.
Are you weird, geeky, or a total nerd, and proud of it? Do you express your fannishness in daily life, or do you tone it down for your day job? Come participate in a discussion and share how you show your fannish colors.
Jason Bourget (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Shubzilla
The Psychology of Single Combat
Cascade 9
3–4 p.m.
Why does the person who is supposed to win sometimes lose? What can turn a journeyman into a champion? What could make a champion just give up? When the match seems even, what makes the difference that allows someone to win? Will include examples from modern sports.
Mark Chapman (M), Joseph Malik, Bart Kemper, Norman K. Moss, Joseph Brassey
Food Tech For the Future
Cascade 10
3–4 p.m.
Between political unrest, climate change, economic shifts, and the constant change of technology, it’s a fair bet that the ways we make food and get it to the people who will eat it are going to be as different 30 years from now as they were 30 years ago. What will the Food of the Future look like? What trends will grow, and which will wither?
Dr. Ricky (M), Mike Brennan, Jak Koke
The Trauma of Travel
Cascade 11
3–4 p.m.
The rigors of space travel vary from isolation to hibernation, physical debilitation and mental strain, and everything in between. Our panelists discuss the impact such mental stress may have on characters, how strain and illness can be realistically but respectfully depicted, and their inclusion in fiction.
Jude-Marie Green (M), Jake McKinzie, Arthur Bozlee, V Whitlock
Guest of Honor Reading: Nancy Kress
Evergreen 1&2
3–4 p.m.
Guest of Honor Nancy Kress reads from Tomorrow’s Kin, based on the Nebula Award-winning novella, Yesterday’s Kin, coming out in July.
Nancy Kress (M)
Art Show Tour with Lee Moyer
Grand 1
3–4 p.m.
Lee Moyer talks in depth about his work in the show and shares his thoughts about selected other works as well. Come enjoy an artist’s perspective on the Norwescon Art Show!
Lee Moyer (M)
Concert: Betsey Tinney
Grand 3
3–4 p.m.
Betsy Tinney, recipient of the 2012 Pegasus Award for best performer, is a Northwest cellist known both for her graceful musicality and her broad versatility. She has performed and recorded with many different groups, from solo acoustic performers to large rock bands; her contributions to each are unique and, as she explains, “whatever the song wants.” Betsy also performs solo, using a combination of acoustic cello and electronic looping that creates an interwoven tapestry of sound. Her solo cello work has been called “captivating,” “mesmerizing,” and “a rich texture for the ear, reminiscent of dark chocolate and fine red wine.”
Time Travel Star Trek Costume Meetup
Olympic 2
3–4 p.m.
Did you dress up in a period Star Trek costume? Come be part of a costume group!
SunnyJim Morgan
Reading: Adam Rakunas
Cascade 2
3:30–4 p.m.
The Throne Oath. Six student magicians lead a revolution against their government. It does not go as planned. Rated PG.
Adam Rakunas (M)
Swords and Storytelling
Olympic 1
3:30–4:30 p.m.
What’s the difference between a rapier and a long sword? Would your Viking warrior use a dagger? How do you hold a fighting cane? Come get a hands-on look at some favorite weapons from books and movies, learn how they’re used and who would use them, and do some storytelling from prompts. Brought to you by Swords for Scribes.
Matthew Howden, Kim Switzer
Standing Up to the Mob
Cascade 3&4
4–5 p.m.
How do you support female creators who are being harassed online by the ravening hordes of the unenlightened? Tips for voicing your support in ways that mean something.
Cat Rambo (M), Torrey Stenmark, Minim Calibre, Arinn Dembo, Mickey Schulz
Advanced Self-Publishing
Cascade 5&6
4–5 p.m.
Self-publishing 201! Already self-publishing but want to take your career to the next level? This panel is for you. Pros will discuss how best to brand your books, how to increase sales and visibility, and how to avoid the newest pitfalls. We’ll talk strategy, branding, and how to manage your career so that you have the greatest odds of success.
Tori Centanni (M), Annie Bellet, Mark Teppo, K. M. Alexander, Elliott Kay
Inclusive Voices in Horror
Cascade 7&8
4–5 p.m.
It’s not enough to just have diverse characters in horror (though it’s a start). We’re going to talk about the importance of creating real inclusion, finding and promoting diverse voices, and letting them tell their own stories.
Crystal Connor (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Julie McGalliard
Citizen Science
Cascade 9
4–5 p.m.
A surprising amount of important research is done by non-professional scientists: backyard birdwatchers tracking bird populations and migration patterns, recreational sailors reporting data on plankton levels and marine debris, amateur astronomers finding comets. Our experts will share how you can become a citizen scientist.
Alan Andrist (M), DameRuth, Dr. Ricky, Jake McKinzie
Video Game Genres: Room For More?
Cascade 10
4–5 p.m.
It’s been said that there are only so many electronic gaming genres because of existing technology. The same has been said about the player base. Is this true? Or are there untapped markets out there to be explored? Could a first-person baseball game be fun, especially if it had a story? Let’s talk about it.
Alex Irvine (M), Ogre Whiteside, Veronica Hamilton
Shady Characters
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
They’re not heroes, they’re not villains, but inhabit the twilight areas in between. Discuss with our writers what goes into the creation of scoundrels, tricksters, and rogues, and why they are fan favorites.
Raven Oak (M), Kat Richardson, Tod McCoy, PJ Manney
A Writer’s Toolbox for Description: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
4–5 p.m.
Science fiction and fantasy are all about worldbuilding. One aspect of worldbuilding 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! Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Brenda Cooper (M)
Figure Drawing Workshop: Models in Costume
Cascade 13
4–6 p.m.
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. An excellent follow-up panel to the Figure Drawing Workshop.
Anita Taylor (M), Lee Moyer, Richard Stephens, Elizabeth Adams, Melissa Quinn, Torrey Stenmark, Vandy H. Hall
Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System
Evergreen 1&2
4–5 p.m.
Imagine spaceflight becomes cheap, common, and as routine as air travel today. Where in the solar system would you like to spend a vacation? Climbing Olympus Mons? Strapping on wings and flying in the thick atmosphere of Titan? Cliff diving on Miranda? Through our robotic explorers we can now show you these places and more. Where would you like to go? Audience participation strongly encouraged!
Cathy Plesko (M), Bridget Landry, Lilith Dawn, Arthur Bozlee, Dan Dubrick
The Glossary Fashion Show and Tell: Hosted by Beyond Reality Costumers Guild
Evergreen 3&4
4–5 p.m.
Imagine many, many years from now that alien fashion anthropologists came to Earth and tried to reconstruct human fashion based on terms they read in historical records. With a basic understanding of our language but perhaps limited idiomatic understanding, how would they interpret ‘Single Breasted Jacket’ or ‘Lobster Bustle’? Join us for a funny fashion cavalcade showing the outlandish and preposterous reimagining of eccentric fashion terms.
Richard Stephens (M), Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Deborah Strub, Anita Taylor
Concert: Alexander James Adams
Grand 3
4–5 p.m.
Alexander James Adams, the fiery Celtic fiddler, has now teamed up with Matthew R.R. Morrese, creator of Canticles, to bring you more than just his songs and stories of the otherworld, but the myths and legends of another world entirely—the Realms of Aegis! Inspiring dreams, wonder, and independent imagination, AJ now composes for the Canticles Arias and Canticles web series! You can find all of his new work at www.canticlesproductions.com; listen to them for free online or subscribe to add them to your library of the faerie tale minstrel! “Now, we’ll walk over a thousand miles / A thousand words are gonna tell our tale / A hundred songs written all the while / Whether we succeed or whether we fail.” – “Heroes of Our Days.”
Mer-ing 102
Poolside
4–5 p.m.
Jump in, don’t be afraid to take a risk! We’re talkin’ throwing yourself into a new world, and discovering your other side. Selkies, Merfolk, Demigods, Hippocampi, etc. What’s your MERsona like? (Please enter poolside from Concourse 2.)
Mermaid SIF (M), Zir0, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Triton Mahtlinnie, Cuddlefish
Koffee Klatch: Mark Ferrari
Pro Suite
4–5 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Mark J. Ferrari (M)
Koffee Klatch: Sonia Orin Lyris
Pro Suite
4–5 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Sonia Orin Lyris (M)
Kookie Klatch with Lisa Mantchev
Olympic 1
4:30–5 p.m.
Join author Lisa Mantchev for a reading of her book Strictly No Elephants and an interview from our youth pros; and there will be no elephant-related questions or activities from our young audience.
Amélie Mantchev (M), Lisa Mantchev, Eric Snyder
Reading: Curtis C. Chen
Cascade 2
5–5:30 p.m.
Kangaroo Too, sequel to Waypoint Kangaroo (Thomas Dunne, 2016). A suspicious spacecraft accident sends our favorite superpowered secret agent to the moon hunting for information, but there are more secrets buried there than he suspected. Rated PG.
Curtis C. Chen (M)
Future Propulsion Systems: Physics and Engineering
Cascade 3&4
5–6 p.m.
Deep dive into future kinetic and energy propulsion systems. We’ll focus on the current and expected systems of the near future and extrapolate new science and engineering to support tomorrow’s science fiction. For instance, how to postulate faster than light (FTL), the needed physics and engineering to be consistent with the rules of your world’s tomorrow.
James C. Glass (M), Dr. Dana Andrews, Jon Rogers
Alternative History
Cascade 5&6
5–6 p.m.
Join our panelists as they discuss historical fantasy and what elements they use in the creation of their own alternative events.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Renee Stern, Nisi Shawl, Kay Kenyon, Bill Gruner
It’s All About You (Without It Being At All About You)
Cascade 7&8
5–6 p.m.
Independent musicians, writers, and artists can all now be their own labels, their own imprints, their own galleries. But in the modern era how do you, a tiny fish, get noticed in the sea of information and other stage-grabbing attention whores like yourself? What if you’re just really bad at that? Some of our independent musicians, writers, and artists talk about being heard on the internet stage.
Stephanie Weippert (M), Raven Oak, Alexander James Adams, Shubzilla
Let’s Build a Dungeon
Cascade 9
5–6 p.m.
A dungeon? Of course! Where else are we going to put all the fiendish monsters and devious traps? I don’t have anywhere else to put all these chests and this huge family of mimics that looks like chests, do you? Join the panelists and other audience members in what’s sure to be the creation of one of the most bizarre dungeons of all time. It takes a committee to really make a monstrosity, right?
Ogre Whiteside (M), Dylan Templar, Erik Scott de Bie, Ann Shilling
Shuffling Off the Mortal Coil
Cascade 10
5–6 p.m.
Fictional characters die, but what if that character is your protagonist? Is killing them a decision that you, as a writer, take lightly? Should you change the outcome for a more positive resolution? Listen to our pros share how they’ve come to terms with their characters’ life-and-death decisions.
Scott James Magner (M), Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Carol Berg
Writing LGBT Characters in the Post-Patriarchy
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
Genre fiction—be it television, movies, comics, or books—has seen a tremendous increase in the number of LGBT characters. Is this a natural maturation of the writing process, or a conscious decision in the name of diversity? Our panelists will discuss their own LGBT characters and how these characters came to be included in the narrative.
Dean Wells (M), Evan J. Peterson, Sienna Saint-Cyr, John (J.A.) Pitts
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Lights and Sound!
Cascade 12
5–7 p.m.
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 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!
Ryan K. Johnson (M), Eric Morgret, John Medlong
Eye in the Martian Sky
Evergreen 1&2
5–6 p.m.
MRO has been in orbit around Mars for over 10 years and has returned over 250 terabits of data about its surface and atmosphere. Come hear a former member of the operations team describe the project, its accomplishments, and what’s up next.
Bridget Landry (M), Cathy Plesko
Diversity in Media: Why is it important?
Evergreen 3&4
5–6 p.m.
From heartbreaking videos of “The Doll Test,” and both young children and adults who feel they can’t be accepted as they are, why is it important that our books, media, games, and cultures are diverse? Why isn’t the status quo good enough? The goal is to empower people of all stripes and diverse experiences, and to show characters and role models that help us all to feel like we can be a part of both that world and fandom.
Crystal Connor (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Sheye Anne Blaze, Donna Prior
Making Plastic from Milk
Olympic 1
5–6 p.m.
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!
Eric Snyder (M)
Koffee Klatch: Tod McCoy
Pro Suite
5–6 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Tod McCoy (M)
Koffee Klatch: Wendy N. Wagner
Pro Suite
5–6 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Wendy N. Wagner (M)
Reading: Caroline M. Yoachim
Cascade 2
5:30–6 p.m.
“Dreams as Fragile as Glass.” A story of mothers and daughters, and sea glass, and dreams. Rated PG
Caroline M. Yoachim (M)
Reading: Kristi Charish
Cascade 2
6–6:30 p.m.
Owl and The Electric Samurai, the third novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl, a modern-day ‘Indiana Jane’ who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. The International Archaeology Association (IAA) has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before mercenaries do. Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions. All in all, just another great day on the job. Rated G
Kristi Charish (M)
Worldbuilding: Clothes and Costumes
Cascade 3&4
6–7 p.m.
You can demonstrate so much about a culture through the clothes that its inhabitants wear. We peer into the different realms and kingdoms of Westeros to review the unique and iconic fashion styles in Game of Thrones to see how different design choices help to define regional identity.
Theresa Halbert (M), Bethany Roullett
The Kids Aren’t All Right
Cascade 5&6
6–7 p.m.
From Ray Bradbury’s Small Assassin (1946) to Children of the Corn and beyond, some tykes just aren’t to be trusted. Join us for an examination of the Bad Seed trope and evil children in horror fiction and film.
Nathan Crowder (M), Arinn Dembo, Julie McGalliard
Researching the Military
Cascade 7&8
6–7 p.m.
Where do you go to find out about unclassified military sources? Tom Clancy was a master of combing through professional journals and publications to build remarkably clear views of the state of the military arts and where they were going. Come learn how to ask the right questions and find accurate answers in a timely manner to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of your stories. This is a ‘101’ level course designed to put you on a solid foundation for your way forward.
Susan R. Matthews (M), Alan Paulsen, Russell Ervin, Elliott Kay, Joseph Malik
Hive Minds and the Unary Consciousness
Cascade 9
6–7 p.m.
The Insectoid race, where drones are mere extensions of the queen. The disembodied brain that unites all people into a single will, united in peace and order. The Gaia mind, bringing all life on the planet into a single organic whole. If we were ever to encounter a hive mind, would communication be possible? Might humanity someday achieve such a state, and would that be a good thing?
DameRuth (M), Jason Bourget, Caroline M. Yoachim, Sean Hagle
Dialects in Fiction
Cascade 10
6–7 p.m.
The voice-of-the-character is an integral part of the narrative process in any story, but what happens when you try to reproduce the sounds of a dialect or accent phonetically on the page? Do you go all-in with incoherent spelling and apostrophes, or trust in the reader’s imagination to do the heavy lifting?
Dean Wells (M), Nisi Shawl, Veronica Hamilton, Kat Richardson
Introduction to Literary Analysis for Young Adults
Cascade 11
6–7 p.m.
An introductory workshop to literary analysis using science fiction and fantasy classics, specifically for a young fen and young adult audience.
PJ Manney (M), Raven J. Demers
Glass Fusing Workshop Part 1
Cascade 13
6–8 p.m.
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.
Joy Alyssa Day (M)
Charismatic Mega-Catastrophes
Evergreen 1&2
6–7 p.m.
Frankly, Zombie Apocalypses (Apocalypsi?) have been overdone. Let’s talk about the mega-caldera eruptions, the pole-reversals, the gamma-ray bursters, the coronal-mass ejections, the cosmic impacts. You know, the ones that can REALLY happen.
Kurt Cagle (M), Peter N. Glaskowsky, Mike Brennan, Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix
Dress Up Intro to RPG
Olympic 1
6–7 p.m.
Come dressed up as your favorite hero, or build a character with some costumes on hand, so that we can go on an adventure together!
Dale Ivan Smith (M)
Reading: Tina Connolly
Cascade 2
6:30–7 p.m.
Tina Connolly reads flash and YA, probably funny, possibly with marshmallows. Rated PG
Tina Connolly (M)
Reading: Julie McGalliard
Cascade 2
7–7:30 p.m.
Stripping Down to Scars. Preview of the sequel to her werewolf novel Waking Up Naked in Strange Places. Rated PG.
Julie McGalliard (M)
The GameMaster’s Manifesto podcast: GMing From the Hip
Cascade 3&4
7–8 p.m.
Bring your books and dice and join us for a live recording of The GameMaster’s Manifesto podcast! In this episode Jacob and Troy will be interviewing three of our gaming pros on the topic of GMing with little to no preparation. That’s right, no maps, no pre-built NPCs, no 300 page plot writeups! How is that even possible??!? The mind boggles!
Jacob Osterhaus & Troy Lenze (M), Ogre Whiteside, Nathan Crowder, Veronica Hamilton
Outlining for Pantsers (And Everyone Else)
Cascade 5&6
7–8 p.m.
Outlining isn’t everyone’s favorite way of plotting their stories. Some people flat-out hate it. But there are countless ways to plot yourself a course without losing the magic of discovery writing. Learn different methods for creating an outline that can work for you, no matter your writing process.
Manny Frishberg (M), Evan J. Peterson, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green
Card, Board, and RPG’s: Prototyping Your Game
Cascade 7&8
7–8 p.m.
So you have a great game design, now what? You need a prototype or playable draft. Putting together something that evokes the feel and play of the game, and shows off its strengths, can be hard. But you’re in luck! Our panelists have done this before and can help you figure out how to do it yourself without breaking the bank.
Barry Wilson (M), David Fooden
How to Critique Art
Cascade 9
7–8 p.m.
Critique is a valuable tool, but it’s not a skill set we’re usually taught. We’ll discuss good practices for critique, and how to most usefully apply the critiques you receive to improve your work.
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lee Moyer, Mimi Noyes, Marta Murvosh, Laura Tempest Zakroff
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Cascade 10
7–8 p.m.
Thanks to ebook readers and the internet, writers are just beginning to discover what musicians started figuring out a decade ago: you don’t have to deal with the gatekeepers between you and an audience anymore. What does it take to launch an independent writing or music career? How do you become your own label, or imprint? Talk to some of our writers and musicians who are figuring this out themselves.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Christian Lipski, Jessica F. Hebert, Hollyanna McCollom
The Evolution of the Secret State Police
Cascade 11
7–8 p.m.
There was once a time when you were only watched by your neighbors, your priest, and the seneschal. But with the rise of cities and social and economic dissatisfaction, the Church and the aristocracy began to hire individuals and groups to watch their fellow citizens. These watchers evolved into organized agencies to police crime, coerce, report, and suppress dissidents. How did an informal beginning evolve in a tightly controlled system in the 19th century that monitored everything from personal mail to social clubs?
Bill Gruner (M), Arinn Dembo, Bart Kemper, Frog Jones
Intro to Leather Tooling: Demo
Cascade 12
7–8 p.m.
Decorating leather is one of the oldest fashion embellishments. We’ll show you some of the basic tools and techniques you can use to turn plain ordinary into extraordinary.
Torrey Stenmark (M), Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
Why is Spaceflight So Expensive?
Evergreen 1&2
7–8 p.m.
Everyone knows spaceflight, especially manned spaceflight, is staggeringly expensive. Why is it so costly? What, if anything, can be done to bring down the cost and who is currently making the most progress in bringing down costs?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Dave Davis, Dan DeLong, Arthur Bozlee, Dr. Rob Hoyt
Philip K. Dick Awards
Grand 2
7–8:30 p.m.
Presented annually at Norwescon, with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust, for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
Gordon Van Gelder, Kristy Acevedo, Matt Hill, Susan diRende, Claudia Casper
Fandom on an Allowance
Olympic 1
7–8 p.m.
Or: I Spend All My Money At Hot Topic. Come by Olympic 1 to listen to tween , teen, and adult panelists who have been there, and discuss the struggles of budgeting for gear when you don’t have a car or job.
Lisa Mantchev (M), Amélie Mantchev, Raven J. Demers
Reading: John Lovett
Cascade 2
7:30–8 p.m.
Witchka. Witchka is an original, unproduced screenplay which is about a police detective who reconnects with humanity through the love of a younger woman who happens to be a witch. Rated R.
John Lovett (M)
Reading: Manny Frishberg
Cascade 2
8–8:30 p.m.
Fair Trade.” A noir fantasy in which a private eye searches for a changeling’s real mother in post-WWII San Francisco. Rated PG
Manny Frishberg (M)
Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Cascade 3&4
8–9 p.m.
If you plan to enter the masquerade and didn’t attend Thursday night’s meeting, you must come to this or the Saturday meeting (10-11am) to get all the information you need to compete and turn over your music. If you have not already registered online we will have a computer available for you to do so. If you are just curious and have some questions, we will have the answers.
Conflict and Cost: Fantasy Edition
Cascade 5&6
8–9 p.m.
Join our panelists as they create conflict and costs for different, audience-generated characters across diverse fantasy settings. This is a great opportunity to see the kinds of things professionals consider when creating tension for characters.
Kristi Charish (M), John (J.A.) Pitts, Sonia Orin Lyris, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Joseph Brassey
Diversity 101
Cascade 7&8
8–9 p.m.
Diversity is a topic that is often discussed. To facilitate better and deeper discussions, come learn some of the basics. Let’s define things like Intersectionality, Derailing, Tone Arguments, and more. Let’s ask the questions that might feel difficult to ask in more advanced panels.
Sheye Anne Blaze (M), Crystal Connor, J. F. High, Evan J. Peterson, Lilith Dawn
Pop Culture and the Facebook Phenomenon
Cascade 9
8–9 p.m.
Has social media changed how we look at pop culture? With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and Reddit, information, and the opinions of the screaming hordes, is at our fingertips more quickly than it has been in the past. Is this a good or a bad thing?
Brenna Clarke Gray (M), Donna Prior
Worldbuilding: Alien Cultures that Don’t Dehumanize
Cascade 10
8–9 p.m.
Set a cowboy-and-Indian yarn on another planet. Swap the cowboys for space rangers and the indigenes for monstrous aliens—the premise for countless space operas of the pulp era. The metaphor is clear: Native Americans are monstrous. How do you mirror alien societies with their Earthly counterparts without portraying non-Western races and religions as inhuman themselves?
Liz Argall (M), Stephanie Weippert, K. M. Alexander, Rhiannon Held
Alien & Fantasy Biology
Cascade 11
8–9 p.m.
What can artists do to create new and unusual life forms? How does our understanding of human and animal biology help us take the known and twist it to create the unknown? Come meet some artists who excel in making realistic creatures that do not actually exist and make us believe that they could.
DameRuth (M), Jake McKinzie, Catska Ench, Cory Ench
Sexing Up/Down Your Sex Scenes: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
8–9 p.m.
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. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M)
Going Rogue
Cascade 13
8–9 p.m.
A new Star Wars movie! Of course we are going to parse and review all of our new favorite characters and what they wore. Love those new elite storm troopers!
Richard Stephens (M), Bethany Roullett
Friday Dance: Stardance
Evergreen 3&4
8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Celebrate 40 years of Norwescon with a special anniversary edition of the Stardance! mc300baud returns to spin a mix of dance tracks and convention classics from the 70’s to today, providing a window to our past and a glimpse into the future.
Reading: Marta Murvosh
Cascade 2
8:30–9 p.m.
“Bottled Aggression.” Marta will read from “Bottled Aggression,” a story that she co-wrote with Jude-Marie Green (who is another Norwescon panelist.) It is a police procedural set in a near-future world somewhat like our own. Rated R
Marta Murvosh (M)
Reading: J. F. High
Cascade 2
9–9:30 p.m.
A reading from an unnamed piece. Rated R
J. F. High (M)
Collecting vs. COLLECTING
Cascade 3&4
9–10 p.m.
Do you really need to keep your comics in acid free plastic bags with special backings if really all you want to do is pull them out and read them while sipping a soda and eating Cheetos? Do you really need to “wash your hands, then turn the page, then wash your hands…?” We’ll have panelists from both sides of the spectrum.
Matt Hammond (M), Mickey Schulz, Brenna Clarke Gray, Dylan Templar
How to Tackle a Revision
Cascade 7&8
9–10 p.m.
So you finished your first draft. Now what? Writing a first draft is a huge accomplishment, but it’s also just the beginning. How do you revise it? How do you even know where to start? Learn how to take your messy draft and turn it into a completed, polished manuscript. Panelists will talk about what they do, what hasn’t worked for them, and what might work for you.
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Jude-Marie Green, Jak Koke, Andrea Howe
Hated It!
Cascade 9
9–10 p.m.
Everyone loves geeky movies, TV series, comics, and games these days. Here’s a panel for the curmudgeon in all of us. Listen to pros tell you what they hate about Star Trek, Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and more. No recording allowed.
Jason Vanhee (M), Jason Bourget, David Fooden
Grounded Sci-Fi
Cascade 10
9–10 p.m.
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne
Flirting 101
Cascade 11
9–11 p.m.
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.
Sonia Orin Lyris (M)
Screenwriting 101
Cascade 12
9–10 p.m.
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
All-Ages Scheduled Gaming
Evergreen 1&2
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games from our lending library. We have RPGs, computer games, LARPs, card games, board games, and so much more! Need ADA access for a game? Please speak to our staff when you sign up so we can be sure to meet your needs.
21+ Scheduled Gaming
Maxi’s Ballroom
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games from our lending library. We have RPGs, computer games, LARPs, card games, board games, and so much more! Need ADA access for a game? Please speak to our staff when you sign up so we can be sure to meet your needs. 21+ ONLY WITH PHOTO ID, MUST MEET HOTEL DRESS CODE TO BUY DRINKS IN THE BAR.
Stitch & Bitch and Costume 911
Olympic 1
9 p.m.–midnight
Bring your projects and join us. Successful costuming means being able to problem solve quickly and efficiently. Not an easy thing to do when you are desperately trying to finish up before you go on stage or you run short of material or you lost a sleeve, etc. Our seasoned costume veterans have been through all these emergencies and more, and are here to troubleshoot your crisis and help get you to completion. Bring your challenges, your hang ups, your creative blocks and we can help get you back on the course of completing your ensemble.
Carmen Beaudry (M), Tammie L. Dupuis
Reading: Frog Jones
Cascade 2
9:30–10 p.m.
The Gift of Grace. Frog gives a sneak peek at the next book coming out in the Gift of Grace series. Rated PG
Frog Jones (M)
Burlesque: Intense Fires
Grand 2
9:30–11 p.m.
You’ve heard stories of strange creatures that are said to be found in Seattle, if you know where to look. The moth woman of the Duwamish River or the witch of Bitter Lake. Some say a succubus lays claim to the men of Pioneer Square and that the fae folk have forged a warrior of flesh and steel to protect the entrance to the Summerland that can be found in Woodland Park. If only you had someone to act as your guide? Fortunately for you, you’re in luck! Lilith van Dyke is your guide to some of the incryptid population of Seattle! Even though you should already know this, never touch a strange incryptid. It could end up disastrous for you, like it did to poor Vivian Page. Come to Intense Fires: Burlesque in the Urban Fantastic on Friday night to discover some of these amazing creatures, and perhaps a heart wrenching story or two, with performances from Bella La Blanc (from Reston, Virginia), Foxy Squires (from New York City), Mercy Stackhouse, Miss Violet DeVille, Taryn Luce, Tawdry Quirks, Whisper De Corvo, and a living legend of burlesque who is no stranger to fandom, Pillow! Intense Fires is included with your membership to the convention and is Friday night in Grand 2 and Grand 3.
Lilith von Fraumench (M), Whisper De Corvo, Violet DeVille, Tawdry Quirks, Taryn Luce, Pillow, Mercy Stackhouse, Aurora Darling, Foxy Squire, Bella la Blanc
Friends of Bill W.
Cascade 3&4
10–11 p.m.
Consensual Non-Monogamy
Cascade 5&6
10–11 p.m.
What is consensual non-monogamy? Is it polyamory, swinging, polygamy, or relationship anarchy? Why would anyone want more than one partner? What important advice is there for starting out? How do you do you minimize hurt feelings? Can you? How do more conservative family members react to these plural relationships? Should you, shouldn’t you? What are the pros and cons?
Sar Surmick (M), Sienna Saint-Cyr, Wednesday Phoenix, Sheye Anne Blaze, Jen K
Mass Hysteria: The Social Responsibility of Horror
Cascade 7&8
10–11 p.m.
In which we explore how a fear of clowns, sharks, and people with mental illness can be created and exacerbated by well-crafted horror. Sometimes these fears even take on a life of their own beyond the author’s influence. What, if any, responsibility does the author bear? Can it be controlled? Should it?
Morgue Anne (M), Arinn Dembo, Jason Bourget, Eric Morgret
Friday Night Open Filk
Grand 2
11:30 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come celebrate the culmination of Friday Filkfest by filking the night away! This is where you can come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever anywhere. Seriously, you have no idea. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grand 3
11:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
You know the deal. The bridge is out, I guess we’ll have to spend the night. Damn it, Janet! Let’s do the Time Warp again. Join a live cast performing this classic while it plays on our backstage screen. (No toast, rice, or other throwables, please.)