Hey, all the cool kids are doing it.  Here’s my schedule for Norwescon this year.

Thursday        8:30 pm        Cascade 1
J. A. Pitts reads Mushroom Clouds and Fairy Rings
Post Apocalypse Fey story Rated G
J. A. Pitts

Friday        5 pm        Rainier
Writers Workshop – Thom Marrion
Werewolf Tango
Kim Ritche (M), Mary Rosenblum, J. A. Pitts, A.M. Dellamonica

Saturday        9 – 11 am    Rainier
Writers Workshop – Round Robin 3
Rebecca Birch – The Memory of Huckleberries; Christy Johnson – Where the Light Don’t Reach; Mae Empson – Bus and Bridge and Brother
Kim Ritchie (M), J.A. Pitts, Jim Glass

Saturday        11 am        Cascade 6
Fact and Fantasy
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

Saturday        1 pm        Evergreen 1&2
Crossing Boundaries: Writing the Other
Can you write a great character of another gender? From a different culture? A different sexual orientation? How do you know what’s good characterization and what’s stereotyping?
Caren Gussoff (M), Diana Copland, Lorelei Shannon, J. A. Pitts

Saturday 3 pm Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
Meet the writers of all those fabulous SF/F books, share stories, and have them autograph their novels (especially the ones purchased in Norwescon’s wonderful Dealers Room). All of our distinguished Guests of Honor will be present. PLEASE: so that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a limit of three books to autograph at a time!

Saturday         5-7 pm        Salon
Evolution of a Writing Career with J.A. Pitts and Ken Scholes


I hope to see some of you folks there.  I’m especially excited to be teaching the Evolution of a Writing Career with Ken Scholes again this convention.  It’s a great way to hear a bit about our careers and ask questions to help you along your own.  Please come out.  It’s well worth the time.

Otherwise I’ll be hanging in the bar, wandering around the dealers room or crashing in the green room.

Come play, it’ll be a blast.

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  • Sadly I will not be attending Norwescon, but your panel on writing for other genders inspired a question. I know you feature a lot of prominent female characters in your stories, do you find it easier to write a lesbian than a heterosexual woman? Harder? Or do you find it doesn’t really make a difference?

    • Interesting question, Derek. I don’t find one harder than another. Each and every character to me is a unique being. I approach them all with care and empathy.

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