Norwescon 42 is coming up soon! This is a fun SFF convention in the Seattle area that takes place over Easter weekend (April 18-21). I’ve attended this con a few times, and am super excited that this year I’ve been invited to participate as a panelist. Below is my schedule, though you can likely find me around the con outside of these hours.
#OwnVoices – Representation & Tokenism in SF/F Fandom
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 11
Representation is important in geek spaces, from guests to attendees. Being able to have your own voice represented matters, but sometimes marginalized people are used as tokens or pawns in a larger space they do not control. There are many varied reasons for this. We’ll discuss how to recognize this when it’s happening and what to do about it.
K Tempest Bradford (M), Jaime O. Mayer, J. F. High, Tess Wilder
Stop Trying To Make “Fetch” Happen
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Evergreen 1 & 2
Calling all teen attendees and authors of all ages for an interactive discussion about what older folks mess up worst in their representation of youth culture. We’ll tackle topics including clothing and hairstyles, school subjects and extracurricular activities, and how the use of slang can go so very wrong, so very quickly.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Marta Murvosh, Jaime O. Mayer, Lisa Mantchev
Welcome to Slush
4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 9
We all hear about the dreaded slush pile, but is it really something to be dreaded? What are some tips and hints to get your story pulled from the slush and sent up the ladder?
Jaime O. Mayer (M), Coral Moore, Cory Skerry, Neil Clarke, Yilin Wang
Writing Is Like Having Homework (Until You Die)
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Evergreen 1 & 2
Movies, TV shows, and yes, even books romanticize the writing process, but for most of us, it’s like being back in school. But who’s teaching the classes? Who’s grading the papers? And who assigned this group project no one wanted? Come hear what writers actually have to do to make the grade in the publishing industry, and why your B- might be someone else’s A+.
Fonda Lee (M), Lisa Mantchev, Jaime O. Mayer, G.S/Gabrielle Prendergast
Hook ‘Em While They’re Young
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Cascade 12
Exposure to genre fiction starts with picture books about magic purple crayons and anthropomorphic objects and animals, then continues through middle grade and on through young adult. Come hear our panel of experts discuss how fantasy and science fiction feature heavily in books for young readers and how that story you’ve been trying to write might just be meant for kids.
Marta Murvosh (M), Fonda Lee, G.S/Gabrielle Prendergast, Jaime O. Mayer, Lisa Mantchev
“On This Special Episode” in YA Lit
1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Cascade 12
When young adult authors address important topics like suicide, addiction, mental health, sexuality, and racial tension, it must be done with respect and skill. Come learn how to include big issues facing today’s teen readers without messing it up or bashing the reader over the head with the After School Special hammer.
Marta Murvosh (M), Jaime O. Mayer, Ren Cummins