Reading: G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast
Zero Repeat Forever. What if survival means losing yourself? When an invasion of murderous creatures signals the end of the world, a wayward teenage girl must band together with a dangerous ally if she’s to have a chance at survival in this high-stakes, heart-wrenching story of destruction, hope, and freedom. Rated G.
G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast (M)
Living and Working with Horses
Cascade 5 & 6
There can be a spiritual relationship between individuals and horses. What is it about a horse that can cause it to bond with a person? Horses can provide moments of absolute pleasure and instant terror. Participate in a discussion of equine character.
Ann Shilling (M), Maj. James Franklin (Ret.), Yanni Kuznia, Adrienne Carlson, Laura Anne Gilman
Impostor Syndrome and Fandom Creativity
Cascade 7 & 8
Impostor Syndrome — our internalized fear and doubt about our accomplishments — plagues creative people of all varieties, no matter how skilled or successful. Our panelists will discuss how these insecurities manifest and share techniques for how to beat them.
Berlynn Wohl (M), Lee Douglass, Torrey Stenmark
The Shape of Future Cities
Ray Kurzweil is a futurist working with Google and a strong proponent of the Singularity. James Kunstler is a writer who believes that civilization is nearing collapse and the future will look much more like the past. Both are heavily invested in the way that society builds its habitations, from elaborate megalopoli to a move towards an ecotopian future. Our panelists will explore where urban and rural spaces are heading, and whether the future will look more like Blade Runner or Tolkien.
Kurt Cagle (M), Brenda Cooper, Stephen L. Gillett
Satan Through the Ages
From The Witch’s Black Phillip to Sabrina’s Dark Lord, from medieval woodcuts to Milton’s Paradise Lost, and from Robert Johnson to Ozzy Osbourne, we’ve been fascinated by the Devil for a long time and depicted him in a huge variety of ways. What are some of the most interesting ways the character of Satan has been used in horror, and what does our fascination with him say about us?
Mark Teppo (M), Carmen Beaudry, Jon Lasser, Julie McGalliard
Writer AND Publisher – What Were You Thinking?
Science fiction writers who are also publishers talk about the different skills of a writer versus a publisher, and why they ended up doing both.
Tod McCoy (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Sienna Saint-Cyr
The Precarious Art of Shipping
Some relationships are canon, and others belong purely to fandom. John and Sherlock, Hermione and Viktor… half the fun is putting couples together as the author never intended! Learn the do’s and don’ts of shipping, whether you’re a fandom veteran or newbie!
Amélie Mantchev (M), Victoria Shaffer, keerawa
Keith and Alan’s Movie News and Previews – End Game!
Evergreen 1 & 2
This is your second and final chance for the latest previews, news, and rumors from Hollywood. Including, at no additional cost, the famous “why? Why? WHY?”
Keith Johnson (M), Alan Halfhill
Building a Space Library
Evergreen 3 & 4
It can be hard to find good books about space, especially older titles that were never published in quantity or in e-book format. Libraries tend to focus on biographies, introductory texts, and kid-oriented picture books. Technical titles, especially, are painfully expensive. Our panelists will explain how they built their own collections and show off some of their favorite books.
Peter N. Glaskowsky (M), Arthur Bozlee, Dan Dubrick
Reading: Kiri S. Callaghan
“Are You Sure” (And Other Lives). Pieces of personality performed poetically and without apology. Rated G.
Kiri S. Callaghan (M)
Writing Class: Writing Your Way Into Your Novel with Cat Rambo
The process of novel-writing varies greatly, but one thing is always true: a butt must go into a chair, and the words must be written. Come find out how to get past sticking points through a combination of lecture and writing exercises that will help you map out your course for navigating the sea of words and build a daily writing practice that will get you to the end of the book. This workshop is aimed at writers in the early stages of their book. All Ages. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. See the Writing Classes and Lectures page
Cat Rambo (M)
Norwescon Art & Charity Auction
Norwescon presents a fun-filled opportunity to bid on the hottest and most sought-after art from the Norwescon’s art show. This event also raises money for our longtime supported charity, Northwest Harvest. Hundreds of donated items will be on display before the start of the event. Come early for a good spot to watch and bid from. Doors open at 11:30 and bidding starts at noon.