Norwescon is coming up the first weekend of April, and I’ll be on several panels again. Here’s my schedule. I think I’m doing the writer’s workshop again, but other than that and the listed panels below, it’ll be BarCon.
And yes, on the “Science of Magic” panel, I may play the “I’m a practicing magickian” card again. And I’ll report on the act of magick that came out of the WFC panel on the somewhat similar topic.
Whose Story Is It, Anyway? (Friday Noon Cascade 3&4)
Having trouble with too much villain and not enough hero in your stories? Do you have too much hero, while the villain never comes out of the woodwork? Striking a balance isn’t always easy, but sometimes a balanced tale isn’t the best thing to write, either. Come discuss with the pros which villain- or hero-heavy stories they thought worked, which ones didn’t, which ones were great when well-balanced, and which ones sucked anyway.
Christopher Bodan (M), Mark Teppo, Irene Radford, Jean Johnson
Fact and Fantasy (Saturday 11 am Cascade 6)
When does ‘staying real’ matter, and when does it just get in the way? Should fantasy Seattle streets match real Seattle streets perfectly? Does your pseudo-medieval weaponry have to perform like the real thing? How much can we alter history for the sake of the story before the reader cries ‘Enough!’
J. A. Pitts (M), Stina Leicht, Mark Teppo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Adrienne Carlson
Character Arc, Plot Arc — Story! (Saturday Noon Cascade 11)
Knowing how your plot and characters change as the tale moves forward helps a writer to craft more powerful stories. What makes a great character arc, and how can you make your character’s internal change more compelling? What makes a great plot arc, and how can you intertwine your plot with your character?
Carol Berg (M), Corry L. Lee, Mark Teppo, Mary Rosenblum
The Science of Magic (Saturday 6 pm Cascade 7)
How do you create a believable system of magic? Is knowledge of Latin useful? What about wands, crystal balls, and other tools? And, how do you create real jeopardy in a story when, literally, anything is possible?
Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix (M), Bart Kemper, Carol Berg, Mark Teppo