What follows is a listing of all events planned for Waypoint Norwescon.

Individual times are listed in Pacific Daylight Saving Time (PDT). For the convenience of our members joining us from elsewhere, headers marking Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) are included.

Last updated Jan 13, 2022 @ 6:28 pm.

Friday, January 14, 2022

8 p.m. PDT (11 p.m. EDT / 2 a.m. Jan. 15 GMT)

Lobby Tables Open
Airmeet
8 p.m.
The lobby is full of tables where you can video chat. Just pull up a chair and you’re in the discussion! It’s a great place to rendezvous with friends, connect with colleagues, or meet new people. This is also a space where you can continue panel conversations. Lobby tables will be open for the duration of Waypoint Norwescon.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

9:30 a.m. PDT (12:30 p.m. EDT / 3:30 p.m. GMT)

Opening Ceremonies
Airmeet or Twitch
9:30–10 a.m.
Join us for the kickoff of Waypoint Norwescon: A Virtual Relaxacon! We’ll ease into the day with a few words from Norwescon leadership about what’s in store for the day and share announcements about Norwescon 44 in April.

10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. GMT)

Writing About a Future That’s Already Here
Airmeet or Twitch
10-11 a.m.
How has the world changed in the past decade? How have smartphones, social media, and on-demand manufacturing made standard tropes of speculative fiction obsolete? Panelists will consider which emerging technologies writers need to be aware of and how they might impact fiction.
Scott James Magner (M), PJ Manney, Jack Skillingstead

11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. GMT)

Female Relationships in Genre Fiction
Airmeet
11 a.m.–noon
Though great strides have been made in recent years, we still hunger for depictions of complex relationships between women, whether familial, platonic, or romantic. What are we still lacking? What stories about female love would make the panelists’ hearts sing?
Rhiannon Held (M), Sarina Dorie, Jasmine Silvera, Mikko Azul
Costume Design – Inspiration, Research, and Making it Happen
Airmeet or Twitch
11 a.m.–noon
How can you take that idea in your head and make it a reality? Join our panel of seasoned costumers as they discuss their methods for designing costumes.
Melissa Quinn (M), Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark, Christopher Corbitt, Joy Alyssa Day

Noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. GMT)

The Mainstreaming of Fanfiction
Airmeet or Twitch
Noon-1 p.m.
Actors admit to having read it and defend it on social media. More and more fic authors are becoming published authors. Archive of Our Own (AO3) has won a Hugo. Is fan fiction, and those who produce it, on its way to getting the recognition it deserves?
Victoria Shaffer (M), Berlynn Wohl, DameRuth
Hustling Geeks
Airmeet
Noon-1 p.m.
Hear tips from artists and writers on self-marketing and promotion. Learn from the creators who have gone before you – where to post, how to present yourself, and how much work will go into your showcase for the five people who show up. Perhaps we will share horror stories of shows gone wrong.
Mikko Azul (M), Eric L Vargas, Dan Butler, Eliza Gauger

1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. GMT)

Writing the Now Into Our Fiction
Airmeet
1–2 p.m.
Escapist fiction is how many of us connect and interact with society’s morals and shortcomings. What responsibility do writers have when presenting a message, and how do editors help a story get it across without making every story an allegory?
K.G. Anderson (M), Adrienne Dellwo, Elliott Kay, Jasmine Silvera
Suborbital Space Tourism
Airmeet or Twitch
1–2 p.m.
After 16 years, Virgin Galactic has yet to conduct a revenue flight, but the company will announce a suborbital spaceplane just before the convention, and Blue Origin could enter the market at any time. Come hear the details!
Marta Murvosh (M), Dave Davis, Dr. Dana Andrews, Jennifer Brozek

2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. GMT)

Creating Cover Art
Airmeet
2–3 p.m.
We’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but in reality, a cover’s artwork plays an important role in attracting new readers. Learn what goes into the design of these covers, including how artists are chosen, what they are given to work with, and how they design artwork that attracts interest, even though it is partially obscured.
Sarina Dorie (M), Kris Carsrud, Rebecca Demarest, Benjamin Gorman, Patrick Swenson
The Mandalorian
Airmeet or Twitch
2–3 p.m.
It’s been called a roots movement for the Star Wars franchise, and part of that is because The Mandalorian is as much a love song to Flash Gordon as Star Wars: A New Hope was (but also Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns and the John Wick movies, too). What did we think about the first two seasons? Is Mando a classic Star Wars hero? And what’s next for Boba Fett?
Dale Ivan Smith (M), Claire Eddy, Elliott Kay, Scott James Magner

3 p.m. PDT (6 p.m. EDT / 9 p.m. GMT)

Tips for Writing Engaging Space Battles
Airmeet or Twitch
3–4 p.m.
Space battles follow the basic rules of storytelling, but it’s easy to fill the pages with ships firing ineffectually at each other. Getting the science correct is key, but bombarding your reader with technical details is far from engaging. Military SF writers share their tips for creating space battles that keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Russell Ervin (M), Elliott Kay, Jonathan Brazee, Jennifer Brozek, Scott James Magner
An Hour of the Strange, Rare, and Unusual
Airmeet
3–4 p.m.
Sit back and enjoy things you didn’t know existed. Four biologist types each bring five-minute presentations of two or three organisms they think are unusual.
Jake McKinzie (M), Colette Breshears, Brian Haas, Ph.D, Charlotte Lewis Brown, Dr. Ricky

4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT / 10 p.m. GMT)

How to Hone Your Craft on a Budget
Airmeet
4–5 p.m.
Sometimes it feels like all the advice offered to new authors involves spending a lot of money on workshops. This acts as a barrier when an author can’t afford a workshop or the time off work. Join panelists as they discuss options for peer critique groups and workshops that offer scholarships, and online classes that allow access to content any time convenient to the author.
Marta Murvosh (M), Jack Skillingstead, Tex Thompson
Hobby Gaming: Bringing Community Together
Airmeet or Twitch
4–5 p.m.
Playing games has proven to bring people together. With so many ways to play now, our community is growing even larger. Join panelists as they discuss hobby gaming as an avenue for inclusion and expanding our chosen family.
Rob Stewart (M), Erik Mona, Geoff Nunn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland

5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT / 11 p.m. GMT)

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy as Political Activism
Airmeet or Twitch
5–6 p.m.
Making art is a political act; writing fiction has been a popular way of discussing various political, social, and cultural issues. Dystopias are cautionary tales. Fantasy worlds speak to ethical decision-making. Character choices are inherently political, either speaking to a desire to include, or exclude, representation in our culture. Come to this panel and engage with writers wrestling with how to employ their art to engage with our social and political reality.
Barth Anderson (M), Curtis C. Chen, PJ Manney
Demo – Making a Leather Mask
Airmeet
5–6 p.m.
SunnyJim Morgan will walk through the steps to create a wet-molded leather masquerade-style mask. From materials to technique, start to finish, making a mask may be easier than you think. Feel free to ask questions as we cover every step, from creating the pattern to the final clear coat – this will be a live demonstration of every step.
SunnyJim Morgan (M)

6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT / Midnight GMT)

Collaborative Creation in RPGs
Airmeet
6–7 p.m.
From teams working on producing and publishing games and books to game groups working together to create campaigns and play out adventures, creation in tabletop roleplaying games is often a collaborative process with a coordinating vision. Professional game designers and developers from Green Ronin Publishing talk about this process, on both the publishing and the play sides of things. How can you be a more effective creator and collaborator?
Steve Kenson (M), Malcolm Sheppard, Ian Lemke
Aaron Shay in Concert
Airmeet
6–7 p.m.
Sci-fi singer-songwriter Aaron J. Shay is a balladeer who blends old-world twang with catchy folk-punk melancholy, layered over driving banjo rhythms and stomping beats. His performances are highly interactive experiences, featuring many sing-alongs and stomp-alongs, all punctuated by his funny and heartfelt musings on relationships, creativity, magic, and the future of humanity. Influenced heavily by indie rock and Americana, his songs fall in some strange realm between Phil Ochs, Tom Waits, and The Mountain Goats.
Aaron J. Shay, balladeer

7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT / 1 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

Norwescon 43 Masquerade
Airmeet
7–8 p.m.
Watch our fabulous contestants bring their hard work to the stage! Will your favorites match the judges? Whether they do or do not, we know the show will be amazing. The masquerade includes a slide of hall costumes followed by awards for single pattern contest and props contest.
Alexander James Adams in Concert
Airmeet
7–8 p.m.
From the land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullaby, the magic and music are there for those that believe.
Steve Kenson (M), Malcolm Sheppard, Ian Lemke

8 p.m. PDT (11 p.m. EDT / 2 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

They Died of Dysentery, An Oregon Trail Improv Show
Airmeet
8–9:30 p.m.
What do you get when you combine a classic educational game with six skilled improv artists? They Died of Dysentery. We don’t know what that means either, but it’s sure to be hilarious. In this fun show, the audience picks the genre or franchise, and the narrator plays The Oregon Trail on an emulated Apple //e while our other players build an improvised narrative around the events of the game, leading to a hysterical climax that may end in their demise before arriving in the Willamette Valley.
Lady Heather in Concert
Airmeet
8–9 p.m.
Lady Heather is a classically trained singer who studied voice in Glasgow, Scotland, and as she explains: “I sing Italian at people.” Now the former student is a teacher of voice lessons. Along with opera, she also likes to sing just about any genre of music and may just take requests during her show. She also likes to muse on the comical side of her experiences.
Lady Heather

9 p.m. PDT (Midnight EDT / 3 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

Betsy Tinney in Concert
Airmeet
9–10 p.m.
Betsy Tinney is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex, and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales.
Betsy Tinney

9:30 p.m. PDT (12:30 a.m. Jan. 16 EDT / 3:30 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

Norwescon 43 Burlesque Show
Airmeet
9:30–11 p.m.
Once upon a time, there was a showgirl who loved to read. Clad in adventure, nightmare, and humor, these stories become her own. To Airmeet she came on digital wings of Swarovski. Adventures, we all know, are better with friends. She brought eclectic ecdysiasts from far and wide to share their favorites of delight with care. After the witching hour tolls for the fans of the fantastic and dreamers speculating—the book may have been better, but these performances will be… Ripped From The Pages. Content warning: 18+

10 p.m. PDT (1 a.m. Jan. 16 EDT / 4 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

Sarah Donner in Concert
Airmeet
10–11 p.m.
Sarah Donner is an alt pop singer/songwriter who has embraced her inner cat lady. Her songs teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads, all tied together with bright melodies and driving, energetic instrumentals. Sarah Donner’s music has been featured on Conan O’Brien’s blog, NPR, Buzzfeed, i09, Showtime, and CBS. She collaborated with The Oatmeal to bring the internet gems like “The Motherf**cking Pterodactyl Song” and “Tesla vs. Edison”. Sarah Donner is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support). When she is not touring, Sarah Donner fosters kittens, teaches privately, and paints portraits.
Sarah Donner

11 p.m. PDT (2 a.m. Jan. 16 EDT / 5 a.m. Jan. 16 GMT)

Mirrorgloss in Concert
Airmeet
11 p.m.–Midnight
Najah Monique Todd, Del Brown and LBSTR DelaHoya make up the dance-pop trio Mirrorgloss, formed in 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. Najah Monique and Del establish a unique sound from the pairing of Najamoniq’s soulful vocals interweaved with the edgier sounds of Del, with the addition of LBSTR providing the beats live on stage. LBSTR first saw the duo in 2019 at the Spanish Ballroom and a year later joined Najah and Del on stage for their grand appearance on the music show Band in Seattle, broadcast on King 5. The threesome creates a dynamic sound that is truly all their own.
Mirrorgloss
The Faithful Sidekicks in Concert
Airmeet
11 p.m.–Midnight
The Faithful Sidekicks are the award-winning acoustic geek/filk musical duo of Eric and Jen Distad. They write and perform catchy original folk pop songs about all the fannish things they love. With a fun mix of songs ranging from Star Trek country songs, to upbeat anthems like “Han Solo For President” to a love song written entirely in SQL Code, they have something for nerds, geeks, and fans of all kinds. They’ve been nominated for three Pegasus awards, released two CDs and have been entertaining audiences around the US and parts beyond since 2014. For more information, head to The Faithful Sidekicks.
Sarah Donner