Left Coast Crime
Shaken, stirred, blended: Nontraditional sleuths in stories that cross
genre lines. Friday, March 7. 1:15-2:30 p.m. (Location TBD)
Margaret Lucke (M), Jeanne Stein, Lee Killough, Kat Richardson, John Wright
Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Just Getting Started Writing Friday 9:00 a.m. Cascade 7
Yeah, there’s a thing or two that have knocked successful writers back a step or three. Come listen to some battered veterans of this business share a few words they wish they’d heard sooner.
Kat Richardson (M), Lizzy Shannon, Jeff Ayers, Cat Rambo
How to Write and Sell Urban Fantasy Friday Noon Cascade 6
Discussion and Workshop on developing a series or standalone for this hot niche.
Kat Richardson (M), Yasmine Galenorn, Richelle Mead, Cherie Priest
The Hills are Alive Friday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 6
Setting is more than just the landscape or the furniture. Learn how setting supports and enhances plot and character development and how to make your Fantasy, Horror, and SF settings do more for your story than just be the backdrop.
Philip Brugalette (M), Leah Cutter, Larry Lewis, Kat Richardson
Neither Fish Nor Fowl – Mixing Genres in Fantasy/Horror/SF Friday 3:00 p.m. Cascade 9
Whether it’s a Fantasy with a Mystery plot, a Horror novel with Romance, or a Space Opera in Western clothes, cross-genre books are everywhere. Get the scoop on cross-breeding plots, characters structures, and tropes from different genres and why the trend is still red hot.
M.K. Hobson (M), Kat Richardson, Vladimir Verano, Yasmine Galenorn
Stealing Time: Utilizing Historical Fact and Research in Fantasy and Alternate History Friday 6:00 p.m. Evergreen 1
Panel discussion on gathering and using real history, family lore, and regional eccentricity to enrich Fantasy including Alternate History, Urban Fantasy, and Gothic Horror.
Kat Richardson (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Rhiannon Held
Crime and Fantasy: How Do You Solve a Crime in a Magical World? Friday 10:00 p.m. Cascade 7
From Randall Garrett to modern urban fantasy, setting the rules to both commit and solve a magical crime remains a challenge. This panel discusses rising to that challenge, writing Fantasy with a Mystery framework, as well as the books and writers who contribute to the growing body of Crime Fantasy.
Kat Richardson (M), Mimi Noyes, David Nassett, Sr., Warren Hamond
Autograph Session Saturday 11:00 a.m. Evergreen 1 & 2
Detectives from Hell: Mystery Protagonists in Fantasy/Horror/SF Saturday 1:00 p.m. Cascade 4
Cross-genre authors discuss melding the traditional Mystery plot structures and characters of detectives, bounty hunters and cops with Fantasy/Horror/SF. Exploration of the differences between the genre tropes and expectations and how to engage fans from both sides of the genre lines.
Kat Richardson (M), Mario Acevedo, Yasmine Galenorn, Charles Ardai
Ghost Hunters! Saturday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 10
Panel discussion with writers and actual paranormal investigators on the differences between fictional ghost hunting and the real thing. Scary stories guaranteed.
Kat Richardson (M), Ted Pederson, Jean Christensen, Philemon Vanderbeck, Larry Lewis
No, Really, That Makes Sense! Saturday 4:00 p.m. Cascade 8
Our distinguished panel of experts explains why certain widely-seen SF and fantasy elements that seem absurd actually have legitimate explanations. Come hear why it makes sense for barbarian sword babes to wear chain-mail bikinis, why computers on starships never crash or lock up with indecipherable error messages, and why male scientists in SF are always really good looking guys who are irresistible to brilliant, beautiful women.
Michael Ehart (M), Kat Richardson, David Nasset, Sr.
Reading: Kat Richardson reading from Underground. Saturday 5:00 p.m. Cascade 3
As you can see Norwescon has me doing a lot of moderating and running like mad on Friday and Saturday, so if you see me in the halls… give me food! I’m really looking forward to most of these and I’m excited as all get-out to see that Charles Ardai–co-founder of Hard Case Crime and spouse of SuperWriter Naomi Novik–will be on my panel about Detectives in SF/F. W00t! I love that company!