Program

snapshot from 10/29/21
Fri Nov 12
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 206A Art & Writing Supplies Available Woke inspired? Come write and/or draw in our safe, quiet space. Rating: G
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 206B Collectives Have you, and/or your characters or personas, lived, loved, worked, volunteered, organized within intentional communities, co-ops, polycules, or other collectives? Share our experiences, visions, questions, suggestions, including about Creation Station as a Collective. Rating: PG for mention of polycule.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Rm 206A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book Play-Through Enjoy a rollicking, improvised group read and play-through of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book! Rating: G.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Rm 206B Make your own little jelly fish Make a one of a kind jellyfish to take home.
1:00pm – 2:50pm Event Space B New to Filk Afraid to join a filk circle and sing? Have a song you’ve not quite finished, or never performed? This circle is for people and performaces new (or new-ish) to filk.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 202 Dye Me a Rainbow Need a very specific color, and can’t find it at the fabric store? Or maybe you want to do something a little more exciting. We’ll cover some of the techniques and supplies you need to get the results you’re looking for.
2:00pm – 2:50pm White Stag Gender, Sex, Sexuality, and Expression: Breaking it Down for the Layperson Science fiction and fantasy like to explore aliens, goblins, and everything in between. In recent years authors have gotten more comfortable writing outside of heterosexual binary terms, but there is so much more than making a character gay or straight. This panel will cover, in both simple and scientific language, what the social and biological definitions are to gender, sex, sexuality, and expression. Ample time will be given for audience questions, and a discussion will be had about how these four elements must blend together to make believable characters.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 206B Ask Gandalf The Grey I am Mithrandir, also known as the Grey Pilgrim, Gandalf. To think that I should divulge secrets before you, I can scarcely believe… yet here I am. Wander with your Fellowship to the Creation Station, and you may inquire of my wisdom. (Co-sponsored by TolkienPDX.) Rating: G.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 206A Youth Creating Games We will talk about different aspects of game design, what makes a game, and rough drafts of the games we want to create. This is a youth-created, youth-led, youth-friendly panel for all ages. Rating: G.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 202 Anatomy of a Shoe Bespoke Shoemaker SunnyJim Morgan takes you on a tour of what’s on your feet. Ever wondered what makes an Oxford different from a Derby? How high heels are made? Are elves involved? We’ll cover that, as well as the parts of a shoe, some of the different methods of construction, materials used, and a few of the places you can learn more.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Jantzen Creating Your Own Anthologies, Bundles, and Magazines Recent technologies allow us to easily put together anthologies, story/novel bundles, and even our own magazines. We’ll talk about the new tools that make it cheap, fast, and easy for you to put out quality without breaking the bank or going into debt. Tools like Vellum, BundleRabbit, and Book Brush let you handle things like a professional.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Pendleton Military Rank Structures and their Functionality Rank structures in the US and other militaries and how they determine functionality.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 206A NIWA Meet & Greet Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA) members and friends welcome you to join this friendly, mutually supportive, regional group of writers and editors, for fun, to further your own professional pursuits, and/or to discover new paper or audiobooks for your collection. Rating: G.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 206B Tolkien Quest: Fanwork Creation, Here (Write Fanfics; Design Fan Art) And Back Again (Share It)! You may Wander alone or in Fellowship with one or more other fanworks creators. You will be given a Quest (fanwork prompt) and have 30 minutes to complete your quest (write a fanfic; illustrate fan art). You may bring allies (crossover/modern fanworks welcome). Then regale us with your tales (share your creations)! Cosponsored by TolkienPDX. The reference library of Tolkien scholarly books and art books belonging to Micah will be on hand to aid in your quests. Rating: G
3:00pm – 3:50pm White Stag Filk Meet and Greet Meet other filkers, talk with others who make music, and ask those questions you have always wondered about.
4:00pm – 4:30pm Overton David Boop Reading David Boop reads from their works.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Event Space B Concert: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff (Originals) Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff will present a concert of their original music. Some people have said they are amusing. Tune in for yourself to find out.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Jantzen Writing Short Fiction You’ve built your world, navigated your arcs, and your characters are ready to spring to life. Now all you have to do is figure out how to convey it in just a few thousand words. In this panel we will discuss how.
4:00pm – 4:50pm White Stag An Introduction to Contemporary Publishing The world of publishing has been changing drastically in the last decade and can be very confusing for new writers. Hear about the basics of modern publishing as well as the many options available to today’s writers. Learn the difference between traditional, indie, hybrid, and self-publishing, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Rm 202 Mash-ups, Genderbend, Bounding, and Variants : Stretching your Creativity Want to expand your Cosplay experience? Come join us in a discussion on expressing your inner geek in fun and different ways.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Pendleton Adding Authenticity to Historical Fiction and Fantasy We will talk about where to look for and how to incorporate, those little details of daily life that make your story shine.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Rm 206A Surviving Cons With Disabilities This is an informal meetup, a “con debrief” and a helpful-supply show-and-tell, in Creation Station’s accessible suite with an accessible restroom, during neurodivergent-friendly, sensory-friendly, mostly quiet time. Come relax with each other, share survival tips for enduring how hard it can be to navigate conventions when you, your kids, your companions may have visible and/or hidden disabilities. Share suggestions as to how events can improve accessibility, inclusivity, comfort, safety, empowerment, and fun. Intended panelists include a member of the OSFCI Inclusivity Committee and the OSFCI Ombudsman. Rating: G
4:00pm – 4:50pm Weyerhaeuser Robots, Automatons and Devices Robots are just the latest iteration of technology designed to imitate life, augment human power, and save humans from harmful jobs. Plus they are just so cool! We give a brief history of mechanical devices and discuss their relationship to the society they were devised in.
5:00pm – 5:30pm Overton Shawna Reppert Reading Shawna Reppert reads from her works.
5:00pm – 5:50pm Rm 202 What I wish I knew before competing in costuming competitions Discussion on the practical and logistical considerations of competing in costuming competitions.
5:00pm – 5:50pm White Stag World Building 101 A detailed look into the unique craft of creating original worlds in fantasy, sci-fi, and the paranormal. Whenever a writer begins a story, their goal is to take the reader to places they’ve never been before. What are some essential questions one needs to ask themselves about their world? Learn the various techniques to make worlds as original as possible. We will also discuss how to research, plot, and develop a setting.
5:00pm – 5:50pm Rm 206A Do Not Kill Attendees Learn tactics to prevent the accidental suffering and death of your fellow congoers! Discuss with us how to keep your peers with scent and food allergies alive, be considerate around people with mental or physical disabilities, and otherwise be sensitive to those at risk.
5:00pm – 5:50pm Weyerhaeuser Oregon Geology: What’s in Your Backyard? Our state is a wonderland of waterfalls, caves, active volcanoes, the Columbia Gorge, and plain lands created by mind-boggling floods and glaciers. Dr. Torley takes you on a geological field trip through Oregon, and you don’t even have to leave your seat!
5:00pm – 5:50pm Pendleton The Psychology of Duelling From the dawn of time, before gladiator matches in the Roman Arena, through Tournaments in Medieval Europe to prize fighting, boxing and today’s Mixed Martial Arts, personal combat was, is and will probably always be a compelling spectator sport. What makes an elite athlete tick? What separates them from those they surpass? What propells one past all the rest?
5:00pm – 5:50pm Flanders Sparkle tattoo party Come get your sparkle tattoos
5:00pm – 6:50pm Teen Lounge Teen D&D Meetup AD&D, Pathfinder … all comers. Meet up with other D&D enthusiasts and Critters to talk about characters, compare notes for campaigns, and more. Teens only, sorry!
5:30pm – 6:00pm Overton Michael Hopcroft Reading Michael Hopcroft reads from his works.
6:00pm – 6:30pm Overton Pat Luther Reading Pat Luther reads from his works.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Event Space B Concert: Cecilia Eng Snow White to Star Trek, Firefly to Fairy Queens, Cecilia Eng can and will sing about all things fannish.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Jantzen Gender and Sexuality: The Divide A discussion about the difference between gender and sexuality and why both need to be present on page. What does it take to be mindful of Queer readers when writing SFF with Queer characters?
6:00pm – 6:50pm Pendleton The Right Writing Advice Panelists discuss how to handle feedback from beta readers, writing groups, friends and strangers– including how to know whose advice to take, and how to accept criticism gracefully!
6:00pm – 6:50pm Rm 206A Yarning For The Doctor: Intro To Hoop Weaving, Crocheting, And Knitting Begin to learn how to hoop weave, crochet, or knit, to make a 4th Doctor scarf, a Jayne hat, or anything else you dream up! All ages welcome; no experience necessary; all supplies provided; bring home what you make! Rating: G.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Weyerhaeuser Medical Ethics of the Future What do we predict will be the societal dynamics, climate changes, and socioeconomic realities of the future, as affecting medical care, and how do we envision ethically responding to them in the future? What is realistic, and what are the legal, ethical, moral, practical, and spiritual implications, of the advances in medical technology and diagnostics depicted in fictional works? What are the privacy and security implications of wearable tech and the data mining thereof for health informatics research?
6:00pm – 6:50pm Glisan Friday Kids Dance Party Come bring the family to get your dance on!
6:00pm – 7:50pm Rm 202 Getting Your Wishes From the Sewing Genie I have previously done this lecture/demo as two 2-hour blocks, covering basic and decorative sewing and serging. I’m planning to make use of my computer to turn this into one 2-hour block (with the potential to be repeatable). While lightly attended, this presentation has always been enthusiastically received. I must emphasize this is a SOLO presentation (in the past, someone in programming missed the fact that it’s a lecture/demo and tried to schedule an extra person on my “panel”. Oops!).
7:00pm – 7:30pm Overton Rhiannon Louve Reading Rhiannon Louve reads from their works.
7:00pm – 7:50pm Mt St Helens Opening Ceremonies Meet the guests, be entertained, and find out about the highlights of OryCon 42!
7:00pm – 7:50pm White Stag Be a Writer? Yes, You Can! If you’ve been dreaming of writing fiction, but you’ve struggled to finish your first project–or worse, gotten crushed by rejections!–this is the panel for you. Learn from experienced writers how to get going, keep going, and believe in yourself.
7:00pm – 7:50pm Pendleton Finding Time to Write Do you have this wonderful story idea that you can’t find the time or energy to write about? Our panel of writers with real day jobs will share stories of how they fit it in. And yes, this cruel, early panel time is part of the message.
7:00pm – 8:50pm Rm 206A Doctor Who Live Script Reading & Celebration! Regenerate an episode of Doctor Who by joining our live reading of a script! Be part of the story in your randomly assigned role, or just listen and relive the magic. No experience necessary, as this is just for fun! Allonsy! All ages welcome, but some content may be TV-PG. This will involve the actual episode of Doctor Who, “Parting of the Ways,” so… “Spoilers, Sweetie!” Afterwards, celebrate Whovian fandom as we Tiptoe Through the TARDIS! Rating: PG-13.
8:00pm – 8:50pm Rm 202 Costumer Meet and Greet Come meet your fellow Cosplayers/Costumers! Come in costume if you like, or not – just bring conversation and questions and maybe some answers and ….
8:00pm – 8:50pm Weyerhaeuser Can You Really Carry That? Have you ever read a story or played an RPG game where the player or protagonists had a plethora of weapons and survival gear? Do you ever wonder how they could walk, let along trek through the steaming wastelands to fight the ultimate battle? How much can people really carry? What do most common types of weapons, ammunition, blade weapons, and various period and modern survival implements weigh? Come listen to our panel discuss this important part of your story and up your game.
8:00pm – 8:50pm Event Space B Random Fractions Concert Cathy & Jason (plus our favorite guest fiddler!) take you on a music journey through fantasy, reality, and magical places.
8:00pm – 9:50pm Mt St Helens Match Game A fun contestant show with special guests
9:00pm – 9:50pm Rm 206A Storytelling Through Fanfiction: Tips, Tricks, And Acceptance Now that Archive of Our Own, and all the fanworks within, won a Hugo, it is time to step up our game. We will share advice on how to write and how to beta (how to give helpful feedback on the writing of someone else). We will talk about some common considerations, including pacing, canon vs. fanon, grammar, character and plot development, as well as building a fanfic community, and anything else that comes up. Everyone, of all ages and levels of experience, and all genres and fandoms, are welcome. (Except not 18+ content, as that has its own panel.) Rating: PG.
9:00pm – 9:50pm White Stag The Reality of Violence How do we script violence into writing, art, and media in a realistic way? Discuss with our experts on the reality of violence, both during and the after effects, and discover the details that are often left out. 18+ please, some content may be offensive or disturbing.
10:00pm – 10:50pm Rm 206A Putting The Oomph In Your Smut! You have spent years, if not decades, on your worldbuilding, your characters, and your plot. Do not falter now that you want to add something more than just a friendly handshake. Get some tips as to how to get hot and heavy or smooth and seductive in your written works. Bonus: After the skill-share part of the panel, there will be a half-hour where panelists and participants may share erotic original or fanworks, in a safe, 18+ environment, inclusive of all genders and orientations.
10:00pm – 11:50pm Event Space B Open Circle: Bardic Bardic circle time! everyone takes turns playing or singing a tune. Masks ARE required, even when singing.
Sat Nov 13
10:00am – 10:50am Rm 206B Fandom Needle Felting Fandom Needle Felting is a panel to teach the basics of needle felting by using a barbed needle to turn roving (wool fibers) into a unique picture made of felt. Rating: G, but kids under 10 must be supervised by an adult.
10:00am – 10:50am Rm 206A Native Pollinators Come learn about the Orchard Mason Bee, and other pollinators in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. We will talk about their unique life cycles, and how you can raise them, yourself! Rating: G.
10:00am – 10:50am Weyerhaeuser Can technology Save the World? By now climate scientists agree that, to keep the world from overheating, we need to not only stop putting heat-trapping gasses into the atmosphere, but actually reduce the amount of CO2 already there.\r\nCan that even be done? \r\nIs there enough lithium for all the batteries needed to replace internal combustion cars and trucks? \r\nAnd, what is the state of renewables and the 2050 goal?\r\nWhat about geo-engineering — a bold solution or the path to Snowpiercer-like catastrophes?
10:00am – 10:50am Art Show Michael Brugger Presents Michael Brugger discusses his art and techniques.
10:00am – 10:55am Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 1 55 minutes to sign your work.
10:30am – 11:00am Overton A. M. Brosius Reading A.M. Brosius reads from his works.
11:00am – 11:30am Overton Patrick Swenson Reading Patrick Swenson reads from his works.
11:00am – 11:50am Weyerhaeuser How Do You Cool a Whole Planet? Cutting carbon emissions might take too long. Can we cool down the planet quickly by reflecting or emitting more sunlight? Can we do it without deleterious unintended consequences worse than the heating?
11:00am – 11:50am Flanders Genre Hybrids Stories that incorporate core concepts and elements of more than one traditional genre offer something particularly satisfying for those drawn to them. A discussion on these with writers who create them.
11:00am – 11:50am Rm 202 CosPlay 101 I want to make a costume, but I can’t sew. I want to be my favorite character, but I can’t act. I want to compete in costume contests, but I get stage fright. Speak with cosplayers about how they got started, and how easy and inclusive the whole thing can be.
11:00am – 11:50am Multnomah Tesla Coil Demos Tesla Coils generate 500,000 volt, 3 foot flaming bolts of man-made lightning, and we will demonstrate these and 12 other High Voltage devices. We will explain the science behind the beautiful and spectacular arcs, sparks and corona discharges.
11:00am – 11:55am Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 2 55 minutes to sign your work.
11:00am – 12:50pm Rm 206A Clay-O-Rama Make little critters out of Play-Doh, then pit them against each other in magical battles, D-&-D style, by rolling dice! Creative, hilarious, exciting gameplay for all ages.
11:00am – 12:50pm Rm 206B Introduction to Beadweaving Class This art form uses nothing but a needle, thread, and beads to create some wonderful creations. This 2-hour class will teach you some of the basics. You should be able to complete the bracelet taught in the time. All supplies and tools will be provided. Limited to 12 students.
11:30am – 12:00pm Overton Frog Jones Reading Frog Jones reads from his works.
12:00pm – 12:30pm Overton G. David Nordley Reading G. David Nordley reads from his works.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Flanders Space Opera – What is it? What’s the difference between hard science, space opera and space fantasy? Everyone has an opinion. What’s yours? Can you write hard science, space opera, or is it space opera with a hard twist? Are Star Wars and Star Trek space opera or space fantasy?
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 202 What has it got in its pocketses? Pattern or costume doesn’t have pockets? No problem. From our panel of experts learn different ways to add pockets to your costumes.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Crown Zellerbach Stage Patter Workshop It isn’t all the music. How do you keep your audience’s attention between songs?
12:00pm – 12:50pm Weyerhaeuser Engineering Our Way Out of Climate Disaster? Cloud seeding on a massive scale? Orbiting umbrellas? Sucking CO2 from the air to make fuel or carbon nanotubes? There are a number of technologically feasible approaches to geoengineering solutions to GHG pollution causing runaway climate change. Which are the most likely? Are we ready to try terraforming on the only habitable planet we have?
1:00pm – 1:30pm Overton Andrew S. Fuller Reading Andrew S. Fuller reads from his works.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Jantzen Alien Invasion Tropes We Are Tired of Seeing Aliens are not going to invade Earth to steal our water and other silly invasion tropes. There are plenty of legitimate reasons for an invasion, let’s see those!
1:00pm – 1:50pm White Stag Join the Resistance Speculative fiction protagonists often fight against corrupt regimes, criminal organizations, or systemic injustice. What makes these stories so appealing? Does the fight have to be a pitched battle to engage readers? How hard are the lines between “right” and “wrong” when fighting against a systemic evil? How do these struggles give us a lens into current politics?
1:00pm – 1:50pm Mt St Helens Author GoH Q&A with A. Lee Martinez
1:00pm – 1:50pm Rm 202 Build A Dress Form Use t-shirts, duct tape, and stuffing to build a dress form just for you! Supplies provided.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Pendleton Beyond Heroes and Villains many, if not most, genre fiction follows some variant of the Good-vs.-Evil or Hero’s Journey story arc. Yet in life, (almost) no one is a villain in their own version of the story. How do writers handle good characters doing bad things and engender sympathy for the devil?
1:00pm – 1:50pm Weyerhaeuser An Empire of Distant Ice Space probes have now visited asteroids, satellites of giant planets, dwarf planets, comets, and another Kuiper belt objects. What have we learned about these objects that may be relevant to human settlements in space?
1:00pm – 1:50pm Flanders Table-Top Roleplaying is NOT Skyrim! If you role-play with friends to be the lone hero of the game or to hijack the GM’s campaign, you’re doing it wrong. Come learn how good GMs and players can work as collaborators (not competitors!) as they craft an epic adventure together.
1:00pm – 1:55pm Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 3 55 minutes to sign your work.
1:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 206A Spinning (Actual) Yarn Have you ever wondered how to get from sheep’s wool to woolen socks? Join us as we shear away the mystery behind spinning yarn. In this panel we will comb out wool to make “cloud roving” then we will use drop spindles made from every day items to spin yarn that you get to take home! Take part in a craft that’s been keeping people busy and warm for over 10,000 years.
1:30pm – 2:50pm Art Show Betty Bigelow Presents Betty Bigelow discusses her art and techniques.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 166A Should I attend a Writers Conference? Why should beginning authors attend a writing conference? How do you make it worth your while?
2:00pm – 2:50pm White Stag Self-Publishing 101 It looks so easy! Just write a book, find a friendly editor, and then publish! Right? Maybe not! Talk to our experienced writers, editors, and publishers about the art of self-publishing. Find out what you need to know to make it successful for you.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 256 How is writing like a paintbrush? Writing, music, painting, acting, dance, sculpture… there are remarkable similarities between creative disciplines and the act of creating using a variety of media. Come share your cross-disciplinary observations or listen in on this discussion of the creative process and what various disciplines can teach and inform each other.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Flanders Studio Ghibli Panel Come and talk about Studio Ghibli movies and what is upcoming..
2:00pm – 2:50pm Glisan Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation? Gone (or at least slowly going) are the days when SF and fantasy protagonists were, by default, White, cisgendered and usually male. People of Color and other neglected groups are claiming the right to tell their own stories. So, where does that leave the White, cisgendered, male writer? Is it Cultural Appropriation to write about Irish fairies if your family hails from Eastern Europe?
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 202 18th century costuming for women The 18th century boasted some of the most beautiful women’s clothing in history. We will be discussing wardrobe basics and beyond, fabric choices, undergarments, accessories, and even (if time permits) hair and makeup.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Pendleton Steam Punk 101 What is steam punk? How do we define it? There are so many popular books and films that dive into its aesthetics.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Weyerhaeuser AI and Pilotless Aircraft, Cars, Weapons, and Submersibles AI is here and it is in the driver’s seat! How do pilotless vehicles work? What do they mean for the future of transportation and how we interact with our world?
2:00pm – 2:50pm Event Space B Introduction to Filk and Etiquette in Song Circles What to expect and how to behave at music events. Learn what bardic and chaos mean. Filk classics with sing along choruses may be deployed.
2:00pm – 2:55pm Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 4 55 minutes to sign your work.
2:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 206B Miniatures Painting This miniatures-painting panel will be a quick show-and-tell from the panelists, followed by an open painting session. Paints, brushes, and instruction will be provided for use within the panel. Use our minis, or bring your own to paint in our suite during this session. Allergy alert: Paints will actively be in use. Rating: G.
2:30pm – 3:00pm Overton Stoney Compton Reading Stoney Compton reads from his works.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Overton Blythe Ayne Reading Blythe Ayne reads from her works.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Mt St Helens Artist GoH Betty Bigelow spotlight
3:00pm – 3:50pm Jantzen Mythology in SF/Fantasy/Horror Myths are an easy well to draw from, narratively speaking. But how deep does that well go? How many of our favorite stories are actually just repackaged myths?
3:00pm – 3:50pm Flanders Dungeons and Dragons 101 The basics of what D&D is, and how to get started playing.
3:00pm – 3:50pm White Stag Getting Past Imposter Syndrome Many promising writers don’t enjoy interacting with publishers and other writers and dislike attending conventions because, despite modest success, they experience something called imposter syndrome. What is it? Can you avoid it? If you — or your writer friends — experience it, what should you do? Come discuss with our panel.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Pendleton Working with Editors What does an editor do, and when do they do it? What kinds of editing/editors are there? There are many approaches to editing (e.g. heavy vs. soft hand).
3:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 202 Mask Maker. Mask Maker make me a mask! Our panel of costuming experts will explore, explain and show examples of different ways of making masks in a variety of materials.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Weyerhaeuser The Past Year in the Rest of the World in Space Find out what the non-US space agencies are doing. With pictures and sometimes video.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Art Show Mark Chapman Presents Mark Chapman discusses his art and techniques.
3:00pm – 3:55pm Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 5 55 minutes to sign your work.
3:00pm – 4:50pm Rm 206A Fandom Quilting Hands-on, participatory workshop. Learn how to make a square for a quilt, featuring fandom imagery, which you can bring home with you! Taught by a professional, prize-winning quilter, yet open for all ages, with no experience necessary. Kids under 10 must have adult supervision. Rating: G.
3:30pm – 4:00pm Overton Richard A. Lovett Reading Richard A. Lovett reads from his works.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Event Space B Concert: Alexander James Adams The Faerie Tale Minstrel celebrates his return to live in the Northwest with songs and stories of Myth, magic and mundane madness.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Glisan Apocalypse 2021. Now what? In the midst of political upheaval, a raging pandemic, and increasing impacts of climate change, many of us feel like we’re living in the worst possible timeline. Rather than imagine how much worse things can get, let’s put our heads together on where we can and want to go from here. History is made by those who show up.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Rm 202 Cosplay body positivity Cosplay can offer a fun way to see yourself in your favorite stories and help with embracing body positivity. This panel will offer tips and tricks for new and experienced cosplayers about breaking down stereotypes while enjoying your favorite characters.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Crown Zellerbach Building a Home Studio on the Cheap Want to build a home recording studio that produces reasonable results? It can be done for surprisingly little money. This panel will not give you a complete how-to guide, but it will teach you everything you need to learn about to do it well.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Jantzen SFWA Business Meeting Business Meeting for SFWA
4:00pm – 4:50pm Weyerhaeuser Data interpretation What is the data? We demand proof and yet accept the pretext of anecdotal testimony in making serious decisions in life. How does data move from raw data to information to scientific theory and thought? Come listen to our panel of experts discuss this rather torturous process.
4:00pm – 4:50pm Flanders Old games still good? Are classic games still fun to play years later?
4:00pm – 4:50pm Multnomah Tesla Coil Demos Tesla Coils generate 500,000 volt, 3 foot flaming bolts of man-made lightning, and we will demonstrate these and 12 other High Voltage devices. We will explain the science behind the beautiful and spectacular arcs, sparks and corona discharges.
4:00pm – 4:55pm Art Show Foyer Autograph Session 6 55 minutes to sign your work.
4:00pm – 5:50pm Art Show Rob Carlos Presents Rob Carlos discusses his art and techniques.
4:30pm – 5:00pm Overton Diana Pharaoh Francis Reading Diana Pharaoh Francis reads from her works.
5:00pm – 5:50pm Jantzen Building an Extended Series Some readers want to immerse themselves into a series, rather than just a single book. They want to binge. And once your trilogy is done, then what? How to expand your literary universe instead of walking away from your book or short series forever.
5:00pm – 5:50pm White Stag Point of View Writing George Martin’s Game of Thrones made point of view (POV) writing the new norm in fantasy. POV writing puts both the reader and the author deep into the heart and mind of the character. How do you write multiple POV and make it work?
5:00pm – 5:50pm Rm 206A LGBTQ+ Youth Meetup Queer and nerdy and young? This is your place! Make friends, talk about issues in the community, socialize, and eek and geek over your favorite fandoms! Rating: PG (because there might be mention of bullying).
5:00pm – 5:50pm Flanders Top 10 Board Games of 2020 Listen to some of the local game experts talk about some of their favorite games released since last year.
5:00pm – 5:50pm Pendleton What are you writing, a stand alone or a series What do you prefer to write, stand alone or series. What happens when your short story becomes a book? a trilogy? A never ending series? Can a writer make more more writing one or the other?
6:00pm – 6:50pm Pendleton All Planets are not Monocultural We get it, lazy writers and movie makers give you an entire ice planet that is somehow inhabitable. Or a jungle that goes on forever. Earth is not a mono-culture, why should your SF worlds be? We’ll talk geography and how the terrain will impact your politics and biology for your aliens.
6:00pm – 6:50pm White Stag Fairy Tales: What Are They Good For? Reinventing traditional fairy stories sometimes recasts them in vastly different contexts – were they entertainment, cautionary tales, teaching tales? What are we using them for now? How much damage did the Disney saccharine coating do?
6:00pm – 6:50pm Event Space B Concert: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff (Parodies) Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff will present a concert of outrageous parodies of classic rock songs. Some people have said they are amusing. Tune in for yourself to find out.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Glisan Kids Dance Party Dance party with lights and music. Lots of fun
6:00pm – 6:50pm Rm 206A Local Food And Water Sustainability Hear and share tips for local food and water sustainability, including protecting watersheds; composting; food reclamation; gleaning; planting orchards and raised beds; and humanely raising laying and frying poultry. Watershed protection documentary footage provided courtesy of Matt Kellam and Freshwaters Illustrated. Rating: G.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Jantzen First Page Idol Feeling brave? Want to see how your work-in-progress holds up in a cold read? Submit the first page of your manuscript for the chance to have it anonymously read aloud and critiqued by a panel of pros. (Pages will be selected randomly; we cannot guarantee all submissions will be read.)
6:00pm – 6:50pm Flanders Board Game Arena, iOS, and Digital Board Gaming It’s always fun to have a group of people at your dinner table for a night of board and card games. But what if you can’t, like when a global pandemic keeps you inside? Or your gaming friends are across the globe? This panel talks about the growing digitalization of popular board, card, and even dice games.
7:00pm – 7:50pm White Stag Science and Magic How important is it for authors to get their science right? What does “right” even mean for speculative fiction? How is genre convention tied into those answers? What about fantasy? Does science have a role in magic? In fantastical worlds?
7:00pm – 7:50pm Rm 166A David Boop Launch Launch party for space western anthology featuring some of the Pacific Northwest writers
7:00pm – 7:50pm Flanders Gaming, “Gamers,” and Society: A Physical World Shaped By Players “Gaming” frequently shows up in the news attached to negative headlines: violence, health issues, anti-social behavior, and more. Even so, there are tons of positive communities and influences that gaming of all kinds helps to create: fundraisers for charity, friend groups cemented through roleplay, relationships and marriages found through MMORPGs, etc. Our panel will talk about the ways our virtual worlds (both digital and analog) are influencing our physical world, for better and for worse.
7:00pm – 8:50pm Mt St Helens Masquerade Amazing costumes, fun performances, and guest judges!
7:00pm – 8:50pm Rm 206A Disaster & Bug-Out Bag Prep Whether your vision of the apocalypse involves zombies or tsunamis, it is wise to be prepared. Preparedness professionals and practical thinkers will guide you through considering essentials and comfort items you might want to pack, and other realistic steps you can take on an individual, household, neighborhood, and municipal level toward preparing for the worst. Rating: PG.
8:00pm – 8:30pm Overton Theresa Reed Reading Theresa Reed reads from her works.
8:00pm – 8:50pm Weyerhaeuser Science Does Not Work That Way … Good Night! It’s everyone’s favorite Ask The Scientists panel! We’re here for you through every physics flub and technology trip-up in the media. This panel of real scientists will discuss their expertise, from medicine to astronomy to engineering, take your questions, and talk about some of the moments in media that made them scream…in good ways and bad.
8:00pm – 8:50pm Event Space B The Faithful Sidekicks Sea Shanties, Galaxy Quest, and the straight Tea. Comedy for nerds, by nerds.
10:00pm – 11:50pm Event Space B Open Circle: Chaos Masks required!
Sun Nov 14
10:00am – 10:50am Rm 206A Kitten Caboodle: Make Cat Toys, Share Cat Joys! While we make cat toys, we will share anecdotes, photos, and videos about our favorite cats from our lives and works of fiction. All supplies provided free in this all-ages, kid-welcoming, adorable hands-on craft and open mic. From memes to animagi, feline kind dominate the internet and prevail in films, shows — and our lives. Give them the homage they deserve 🙂 Rating: G.
10:00am – 10:50am Art Show Theresa Halbert Presents Theresa Halbert discusses her art and techniques.
10:00am – 11:50am Teen Lounge Teen Anime Meetup Get together with other My Hero Academia, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Ghibli movies fans to chill out and discuss anime.
10:00am – 12:50pm Pettygrove Junkyard Masquerade Wars If so, be prepared to show us what you’ve got! Get your team together and show up at Creation Station on Sunday at 10 am. You will have 2 hours to construct a costume from the supplies and tools provided. You’ll make up an introduction for your creation, and then present it in the ballroom just prior to Closing Ceremonies.
10:30am – 11:00am Overton Kara Dalkey Reading Kara Dalkey reads from her works.
11:00am – 11:30am Overton Erica Satifka Reading Erica Satifka reads from her works.
11:00am – 11:50am Rm 202 Intro to Leather Tooling Leather is an incredibly versatile material, with huge potential for costuming and geeky crafting. Learn some basic leatherworking techniques on a small leather scrap that could be a pendant, hair clip, or belt buckle. We will be using very sharp knives – younger fans are welcome at the discretion of their parents. Tools provided. Limited to 20 participants.
11:00am – 11:50am Rm 206A Hogwarts Homework: Ollivander’s Wand-Making Workshop Witches and Wizards, earn points for your House Ollivander’s Wandmaking Workshop.
11:00am – 11:50am Crown Zellerbach Maritime/Work Songs Share traditional and modern maritime and work songs.
11:30am – 12:00pm Overton Manny Frishberg Reading Manny Frishberg reads from his works.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 202 Re-Fashioning Footwear Need the perfect shoes or boots to go with your costume, but can’t find something just right in your size? We’ve got the solution! From easy embellishments to more complex constructions, like making shoes into boots, there are plenty of tricks to modifying footwear, and we’ll share our favorites with you.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 206A Hogwarts Homework: Writing Wizardry Witches and Wizards, earn points for your House in Hogwarts Homework, as follows: Writing Wizardry (Make Quills & Wax Seals). Rating: G
12:00pm – 12:50pm Rm 206B How to create your own cyber locks. People can come and make hair pieces with various items.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Event Space B Concert: Kris Wildman Lively arrangements of both original and classic Filk favorites that often cross genres.
12:00pm – 12:50pm Weyerhaeuser Alien Intelligences on Earth and in Space Before we contact extraterrestrial civilizations, we can practice communicating with alien intelligences right here. Researchers are trying to create a lexicon of dolphin vocalizations in the Caribbean, elephants communicate in frequencies that humans are just learning to see with spectrograms and, as programmers inch their way toward a general AI, the question is if it will think in a way we can fathom.
1:00pm – 1:30pm Overton David D. Levine Reading David D. Levine reads from his works.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Pendleton All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again In the aftermath of 9/11, Battlestar Galactica was reimagined as a means of helping us understand how we had arrived at and how we might cope with a radically changed world. This discussion focuses on the road narrative in BSG and other SF and how ancient archetypes, hero’s journeys, and more can help us learn from the past and create a different future.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Rm 202 Mando Armor 101 Local members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club provide step by step instruction on how to make the classic Boba Fett armor.
1:00pm – 1:50pm White Stag How to avoid white room syndrome White room syndrome happens when writers omit details that bring their readers completely into a story. Ever read a passage where you have no idea where these people are or what is going on around them? White room. Need tips on how to avoid this?
1:00pm – 1:50pm Rm 206A Hogwarts Homework: O.W.L.s (Trivia) Witches and Wizards, earn points for your House in Hogwarts Homework, as follows: O.W.L.s (Harry Potter trivia). Rating: G
1:00pm – 1:50pm Weyerhaeuser Losing Track of Reality Whether from belief in magic exploited by hucksters, false news stories created and exploited by politicians, disinformation promulgated for profit, flat Earth and young Earth dogmas, and entertainment fantasy taken too seriously, reality in history and science seem under attack.  Is this actually getting worse?  Could the inability of a faux-news fed public to deal realistically with the scientific issues of diseases, overpopulation, and climate change pose an existential threat to humanity? What, as writers and readers, should we do about it?
1:00pm – 1:50pm Jantzen Magic of the Left Coast Authors of urban/contemporary fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest and California talk about their work and give tips on writing fantasy in real-world, modern-day settings.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Pettygrove Junkyard Wars Show After the Build, it is time to show off your project
2:00pm – 2:50pm Glisan Alternative History Examined We’ve all heard the term, Alternative History. What does it really mean? Do you have to be a history freak to understand it or merely like reading a “what might have been” adventure story? How would you change history to make an engaging story?
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 202 Costume and materials exchange! Do you have costumes gathering dust? Fabric lying unused? Want to clear out some space in your sewing room/closet? Want to bring home items to fill up those empty spaces? Bring stuff to rehome! Take stuff to recreate! It’s a ton of fun as well! Warning though, if you can’t find takers for your surplus items, you MUST take them back with you.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 206A Spooky Creations This is an arts and crafts panel, where you can draw/create creepy, crawly, and spooky creatures, and we will share our designs at the end. This is a kid-created, kid-led panel and is entirely kid-friendly, open to all ages. Rating: G.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Rm 206B Making Art with Trash/Junk Reduce, reuse, recycle has been the motto for decades, but it is not enough. Still we end up with bags of trash to send to the landfills. Learn some ways to make the best use of common items and stuff that is difficult or impossible to actually recycle (I\’m looking at you, plastics!!). We\’ll learn some techniques and projects to make use of your trash.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Jantzen Making Space for Writing Virginia Woolf said “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.” What is it about a dedicated room that is important? If a room is necessary, how do we create the space?
2:00pm – 2:50pm Event Space B Concert: North of the Black Sea Is that weird instrument the thing Spock played in Classic Trek? No, it’s a 20th Century Ukrainian bandura. Come hear 55 strings plus 2 vocal cords.
2:00pm – 2:50pm White Stag February Album Writing Month (FAWM.org) What the FAWM does for songwriters and why you should try it. Goal: Write 14 songs in 28 days (29 days next February). Come talk about your experience in the FAWM or ask questions about this online songwriters’ community.
2:00pm – 2:50pm Pettygrove Scavenger Hunt Turn in and Judging You and your team have spent the weekend collecting all this stuff. Now, come to this panel and show it off. The AUDIENCE will be the judge if your item is worth points! Certificates for the winners.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Rm 206A Make a Marvel Fan Comic! Let’s collaborate on storyline, drawing, inking, speech bubbling a Marvel Fan Comic, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the release of the Fantastic Four.
3:00pm – 3:50pm Pettygrove OryCon 42 Onions & Orchids Concerns, compliments? Are there things that you would like OryCon staff to know about? Please attend and tell us what is on your mind.