Seattle and Norwescon

I'm taking the red-eye out of Fairbanks tonight and I'll wake up tomorrow in Norwescon--not bad for a 3.5 hour airplane flight that will take me out of one world and drop me in another. But I promised myself to attend at least one con a year, and this is the closest, and the panels look great.

They're website says, Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.

And here's a sampling, in no particular order. This one sounds relevant to the work I'm doing in The Power We Share, set in an alternative earth, around the 1500's.

Building Alternative Histories-- Come steal from history to develop new plots, apply themes, deepen characters, and predict outcomes. Write imagination-driven stories and scenarios. This two-hour interactive workshop, in small groups up to 10, will use time-tested scenario-writing tools to craft alternative, self-consistent historical timelines. We’ll cover methodology, how to produce viable timelines and present them. Warning: this process is addictive—you’ll never see history the same way again!

Feel like you've come face to face with evil lately?

Villains in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Satan was his favorite to create, said John Milton, and it’s easy to see why. Who has more fun, Joker or Batman? Hannibal Lecter or Clarice Starling? Join in as authors “dance with the devil in the pale moonlight,” discussing treasured villains in their own work and others. What makes a villain engage/repulse us? What fails to? Who is the very best villain of science fiction canon?

You've got a novel that's just about done? Share your experience with a panel of writers who have been around the block a few times:

My editor wants what? You’ve finally found an editor for your novel! Except there’s one little stipulation: you must rewrite a huge part of the storyline. While your editor has made this suggestion for good reason, how do you know when to say no to these changes? What risks might come along with rejecting changes?

And for the Hamilton fan:

Pardon Me, Are You Aaron Burr, sir? Lin-Manuel Miranda is breathing life into a whole new generation of theater/film, from Hamilton to Moana, to the development of The Kingkiller Chronicles. A discussion of what he’s done right and how he could do better in the future.

That's barely a taste, and I could go on adding to the list but it will be far more fun if you check the schedule  yourself. There's more than enough for everyone, from costuming to deep space to movies and writing workshops, art shows and karaoke, readings and "how to's." For fans and writers, beginners and pros.