Held at the Seatac Hilton, Rustycon is an annual science fiction and fantasy convention with a smaller, relaxed intimate feel. They have multi–track programming in writing, gaming, films and media. They also have a dealer’s room, art show, and a hospitality room for the general membership. If you’re looking for the convention experience without the crowds of ECCC or the pressure of Norwescon, you’ll LOVE Rustycon.
Hope to see you there!
Fri Jan 15 4:00 – 5:00 pm
What I Would Have Liked to Know? Emerald D 2016
Tips from old pros. What we really would have liked to know when we started out. Things that we would have liked to have someone tell us 30 years that would have made a world of difference to where we are now.
Panelists: Elizabeth Guizzetti, Jeremy Zimmerman, Randy Henderson
6:00 – 6:30:pm
Elizabeth Guizzetti Reading from The Light Side of the Moon
Sat Jan 16 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Craft: Writing Non-Traditional Story Arcs Emerald D 2016
Did you see that episode of Sherlock where John got married and it seemed like a pointless clip show until everything came together? How about the one where Picard’s Enterprise got stuck in a time loop? Fiction doesn’t necessarily move in a fully linear order. Come discuss the less-well-traveled plotting techniques with local authors.
Panelists: Cheryce Clayton, Elizabeth Guizzetti, John Lovett, Michael Ehart
3:00 – 4:00pm
Critique Groups and Meetups Emerald D 2016
How do you find a decent meetup or critique group? What should you look for in a group? Are there red flags to watch for?
Panelists: Elizabeth Guizzetti, Grant T. Riddell, Manny Frishberg, Tom D Wright
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Vulnerability Via Writing Emerald D 2016
The act of writing makes us vulnerable. Intentionally facing our truest fears and deepest pain can give our stories dimension, meaning, and purpose. While writing can be therapeutic, how much is giving too much of ourselves? How can our work be informed by life experiences, without necessarily being autobiographical? And once the words are on the page, how and why would we let them go? Come prepared to look at writing in a new way.
Panelists: April Daniels, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Tom D Wright
6:00 – 7:00:pm
Designing Technology for Dystopian Futures Emerald D 2016
Learn how authors design future technology for science fiction and Utopian/Dystopian futures using their imaginations, current tech and new inventions.
Elizabeth Guizzetti, Greg Hallock, Jean Johnson, Mike Birch
Sun Jan 17 10:00 – 11:00 am The Craft of Word Creation & Word Choice
Emerald D 2016
Linguistics is more than the creation of a language. It’s also word choice, dialect, accents, and culture. What’s really modern, and when should you invent words? (Will include Janine’s embarrassing story of adding Shakespearean English to a video game world. Why would she do such a thing? Find out and watch her blush.) Join us as we look at how and why to make a new language, and why you might just want to use an existing one!
Panelists: Alma Alexander, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Janine A. Southard, and Raven Oak
12:00 – 1:00:pm Favorite Female SF/F Authors–New & Old Emerald D
With the change in publishing, access to books has grown exponentially like never before. In a sea of books, how does one discover new female authors? Join us as we discuss our favorites, new and old, and how female writers continue to pave the way for the next generation. Come find out who’s missing from your collection!
Elizabeth Guizzetti, Janine A. Southard, John (JA) Pitts, Michael Ehart