Let’s be Famous – Norwescon 43

After a COVID-19 gap year, Norwescon 43 is going virtual this weekend, and I’ll be a part of it right here at home. It’s a full weekend of talky talk, meant to keep me occupied in-between panels when I’m not hanging in guest rooms and hotel bars that’s clearly not happening.

Good times.

Here’s a breakdown of all the fun I’ll be having, and would love to share with you if you care to come along. And I’ll definitely be signing books all weekend long, should you care to buy any from my online store.

So let’s be famous!


Thursday, April 1

It’s Never Too Late to Start Writing Science Fiction

6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Maxis

K.G. Anderson (M), PJ Manney, Kate Ristau, Scott James Magner

Writing talent doesn’t have an expiration date. It’s never too late to be successful. The panelists have suggestions, directions, and words of encouragement.

Friday, April 2

Marvel Movies or DC TV Shows

3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Evergreen 

Scott James Magner (M), Steven S. Long, Elliott Kay

With the popularity of movie and TV adaptations of some of our favorite comic books in the last decade, what were some of the best adaptations? What were some of the worst? What do you hope gets adapted in the future?

Where’s That Pesky Time-Turner?

7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Olympic

Scott James Magner (M), Patrick Swenson, Kris Carsrud, Tex Thompson

We all want more hours in the day, but that’s not going to happen (unless you know something we don’t). What are some tips and tricks to getting the most out of your time? Are there organizational tools that might help?

Saturday, April 3

Reading: Scott James Magner

11:30am – 12:00pm @ Cascade

Join me as I read an excerpt from Empire of Night, a novel of the Hunters Chronicle. Rated PG.

Tips for Writing Engaging Space Battles

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Olympic

Russell Ervin (M), Elliott Kay, Arthur Bozlee, Scott James Magner, Jonathan Brazee, Jennifer Brozek

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.

Rejection: My Life as a Writer 

6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Poolside

Scott James Magner (M), Jasmine Silvera, Tex Thompson, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held

From an honest writing group critique to having your series canceled by a major editor, rejection is an unwelcome but constant part of a writer’s life. Thick skins and strong wills are integral to submit work, receive editorial requests/demands, and, in the end, receiving reviews on your published work. Hear from writers who have been there, done that, and have the battle scars to prove it, but also learn about why it’s so important to keep trying, keep submitting, and KEEP WRITING! 

Sunday, April 4

The Mandalorian

10:00am – 11:00am @ Olympic

Dale Ivan Smith (M), Scott James Magner, Claire Eddy, Elliott Kay

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 Leones 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?

Writing About a Future That’s Already Here

2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Evergreen 

K.G. Anderson (M), PJ Manney, Scott James Magner, Jack Skillingstead

How has the world changed in the past decade? How have smart phones, social media, and on-demand manufacturing already 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.

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