So, I'm off for Seattle and Norwescon this weekend. I so look forward to this every year. It's one of the best conventions I've ever attended. (And very well organized too!) Anyway, expect my blog posts to be spotty for a bit. I'll try to keep on schedule, but I've a super busy schedule. Speaking of, here it is:

The Art of Critique
Thu 5:00pm-6:00pm Cascade 12
A writer must learn to critique both her own work and the work of peers. What makes a good critique? How do you critique yourself and how do you critique someone else?
Stina Leicht (M), Christopher Bodan, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Renee Stern

Reading: Stina Leicht
Thu 9:30pm-10:00pm Cascade 1
Cold Iron, a new novel. Rated PG
Stina Leicht

Faith in Speculative Fiction
Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 10
Faith is an area that is often overlooked in world-building and character motivation for speculative fiction in spite of the impact that it has had and continues to have (for good and bad) in our world. How does faith affect the setting and formation of a fictional world? How has faith been used well (or badly) in our genres?
Lillian Cohen-Moore (M), Stina Leicht, Ken Scholes, Dean Wells, G. Willow Wilson

Anti-Heroes and Rogues
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm Cascade 5
From Elric to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to the Gentleman Bastards - anti-heroes and rogues are everywhere. Our Writer GOH, Michael Moorcock, practically invented the anti-hero in fantasy and rogues have been around since the early days of the genre. But why do we love them? Do they fulfill some deep psychological need in us when we "aim to misbehave?" Let's talk about our favorites and muse about which ones show promise in current fantasy.
Myke Cole (M), Bradley P. Beaulieu, Lynn Flewelling, Stina Leicht

Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy
Sat 10:00am-11:00am Cascade 7&8
Epic fantasy is different - but why? What makes it epic? Is it the immersion in a new world, or just the sheer weight of the book? Come join us as we talk about this massive subgenre of fantasy and what makes it tick.
Bradley P. Beaulieu (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Stina Leicht, Janna Silverstein, Duane Wilkins

Defining Urban Fantasy
Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm Cascade 3&4
There are almost as many definitions of urban fantasy as there are readers. Is it simply a supernatural story in an urban setting? Does this mean the "mean streets" of urban fantasy are more metaphorical than actual? Is the fantastic in urban fantasy a part of the landscape, or can it just be an intrusion? The panel will look at different explanations, interpretations, and expectations that writers and readers bring to the genre.
Cat Rambo (M), Myke Cole, Stina Leicht, Kat Richardson, Duane Wilkins

Researching Your Fantasy
Sat 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 9
You're going to write a fantasy novel. You've come up with some characters; you've outlined your basic plot. Now what? How about research? The most important element of a fantasy novel is originality. How do you find out what's already out there? What familiar elements can you spin into the story to make the reader feel drawn in, and yet at the same time be fresh and exciting? Find out what to research and how to do it to make sure you're not treading well-worn ground.
Stina Leicht (M), Brent Kellmer, Kat Richardson

Autograph Session 2
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm Grand 2
Our Attending Professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
S. A. Bolich, Clinton J. Boomer, Jason V Brock, Paul Byers, Rob Carlos, Anne Charnock, Myke Cole, Bruce R Cordell, Heather Dale, Lynn Flewelling, Diana Pharaoh Francis, M. Todd Gallowglas, Lex Lingo, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Diana Copland, Stina Leicht, Morgue Anne, Amy Raby, Mark Rahner, Kat Richardson, Ken Scholes, Jack Skillingstead, GregRobin S

Hopefully, I'll see you there!