Norwescon 34 Schedule

Friday 11am Cascade 5&6 The Year’s Best SF& F in 2010
Writers, editors and publishers will discuss what books and stories were on the cutting edge this year.
Cat Rambo, Nancy Kress, Nick Mamatas, Gordon Van Gelder, Lou Anders

Friday 5pm Evergreen 3&4 Supernatural Seattle
We are seeing an influx of Urban fantasy/magic/steampunk stories set in Seattle. Are there stories that are integral with something about Seattle or the Northwest’s culture, weather, or environment?
Cat Rambo, Julie McGalliard, J A Pitts, K.C. Ball, Kat Richardson

Saturday 9am Cascade 5&6 Has the Future Arrived? The E-Book and the Publishing Industry
After years of slowly growing in popularity and profile, the e-book is now a significant medium for the distribution and sale of science fiction and fantasy. As with all new media, the e-book brings its own special set of challenges. How can publishers adjust to selling their books online rather than through physical distribution? How has the relationship changed now that readers, authors and publishers can connect more directly online? Where does this leave our local bookstore?
Cat Rambo, Darragh Metzger, Bob Kruger, Joshua Palmatier

Saturday 11am Cascade 4 First Pages
First pages are important! In this workshop, participants submitted the first 250 words of their book online, before the convention. The leaders will read each piece aloud in turn and discuss what does and doesn’t work as well as what expectations it sets up for the overall book. Authors remain anonymous, although they are welcome to ask questions afterwards.
Cat Rambo & Louise Marley

Saturday 3pm Grand 2 Autograph Session 2
Patricia McKillip, Kinuko Y. Craft, Marie D. Jones, Jim Butcher, Shannon Butcher, Lou Anders, Alma Alexander, Anina Bennett, S. A. Bolich, SatyrPhil Brucato, Rob Carlos, Brenda Cooper, Nathan Crowder, James C. Glass, Roberta Gregory, Paul Guinan, Eileen Gunn, Jay Lake, Stina Leicht, R.L. McSterlingthong, Darragh Metzger, Joshua Palmatier, Kevin Radthorne, Cat Rambo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Scholes, Jack Skillingstead, G.Robin Smith, Renee Stern, Rodney Thompson, K Wiley, Christine Winters, Stan!

Saturday 5pm Cascade 7 Writing Good Dialogue
How to write dialogue that (1) seems natural, (2) builds character, and (3) advances plot. Can a single speech do all three? Should it? How much dialogue is too much?
Cat Rambo, Jack Skillingstead, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Ted Kosmatka

Saturday 9pm Cascade 4 Flashes of Brilliance—Writing Flash Fiction
What are the good markets for flash fiction? Different markets ask for different word counts, so what exactly is flash fiction anyway? How can I fit my big idea into such a limited word count?
Caren Gussoff, Cat Rambo, Jordan Lapp, K.C. Ball

Sunday 11am Cascade 5&6 Bad Writing, No Cookie
What makes a piece of writing… bad? What makes it so bad it’s funny? (Think “Eye of Argon.”) What sort of stuff should you avoid in order to prevent your prose (inadvertently) becoming the next winner of the Bulwer-Lytton award? Can you write badly on purpose…and should you?
Cat Rambo, Alma Alexander, Caren Gussoff, Jordan Lapp, Randy Henderson

Sunday Noon Cascade 3 Cat Rambo reads Resurrecting Love
She was the greatest general of her day…and long after, when she labored in zombie servitude. A Tabat story.
Cat Rambo

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Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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