George R. R. Martin, Anne Groell, and Me: Norwescon 38


This will totally be me at Norwescon. Except, I won’t be Emma Watson.

The time has come, friends, for the pilgrimage to Seattle for Norwescon! This fantasy and sci fi con is a veritable mecca of NW geekdom, with a strong literary focus, and I had so much fun there last year I nearly peed myself. (Well, not really, but you get the idea.)

This year’s guests of honor include the one and only George R.R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame, as well as his editor at Del Rey, Anne Groell.

I’m psyched to meet George, of course, and have my picture taken in the Iron Throne. But perhaps even more so to meet one of the women with a hand in some of the biggest, baddest, best sci fi and fantasy out there (Groell has also edited sci fi/fantasy legend Connie Willis), and an acclaimed author herself.

That is, if I don’t clench up in utter geek-worship. o_O

If you want to make sure you run into me, here’s my schedule for the weekend:


Practice Your Pitch
Thu 8:00pm-9:00pm – Cascade 10
Kevin Scott (M), Susan DeFreitas, Frog Jones, Tricia Narwani

Writers Workshop Round Robin: John Demboski, David Benedict, Heather Roulo
Fri 10:00am-12:00pm – Baker
Christopher Bodan (M), Kurt Cagle, Susan DeFreitas, Frances Pauli

The Hero’s Journey
Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm – Cascade 9
Steven Barnes (M), GregRobin Smith, Susan DeFreitas, Leslie Howle, Dean Wells

Revising From Feedback
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
Dean Wells (M), Susan DeFreitas, Rhiannon Held, Jack Skillingstead, Tim McDaniel, Renee Stern, Anne Groell

Reading: Susan DeFreitas
Sat 10:00am-10:30am – Cascade 1
Susan DeFreitas (M)

First Page Idol
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm – Cascade 9
Phoebe Kitanidis (M), Susan DeFreitas, Kate Jonez, Cat Rambo, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson

Forms of Plot Structure
Sat 4:00pm-5:00pm – Cascade 9
Steven Barnes (M), Gregory A. Wilson, Susan DeFreitas, Matt Youngmark, Mike Selinker

Character Arc, Plot Arc, Story
Sat 5:00pm-6:00pm – Evergreen 1&2
Nina Post (M), Randy Henderson, Craig English, Nancy Kress, Alex C. Renwick, Susan DeFreitas

Also, if you’re there as a panelist, perhaps I’ll see you at one of these panelist-only events (your secret decoder ring should reveal the locations):

Writers’ Workshop Social –Sat between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Art Show Reception – Thursday – 8pm-10pm
Small Press Social – Thursday – 9pm-Midnight
Spotlight Publisher Party – Friday – 9pm-Midnight
Seattle Social – Saturday – 9pm-Midnight
As a final thought:

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