Randy’s Schedule

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Bookstore Readings, Signings and Q&As

Convention Panels, Readings and Workshops

Past Randy Sightings
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BOOKSTORE READINGS, SIGNINGS, Q&As

All done with book tour readings for Smells Like Finn Spirit for now.  Check back for future bookstore readings and signings.

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CONVENTION PANELS, READINGS AND WORKSHOPS

 

MISCON – FRI-MON, MAY 26-29 (MISSOULA, MT)

SIGNING: Early Bird Book Signing (Meet & Greet/Signing)Fri 2:00 – 2:50 PM, (Ballroom C)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, David Farland, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Randy Henderson, Michael Hodges, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: Justin Barba

Some of our authors will sign books.

 

 

READING: Multiple Author Reading (Writing)

Fri 4:00 – 4:50 PM, (Yellowstone)
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Randy Henderson, Tod McCoy

Join our authors as they read from their latest works!

 

 

PANEL: The Flawed Hero: Writing Realistic Characters (Writing)

Saturday 10:00am – 10:50am, (Ballroom C)
Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, David Farland, Deby Fredericks, Randy Henderson

There are workbooks full of exercises to create well-rounded characters, but how do professional writers really do it? Do they actually know what a particular character would eat for breakfast? Let’s discuss characters from the very start and maybe even create one of our own to show one way it can be done.

 

PANEL: Popular Books and Movies: The Elevator Pitch (Writing)

Saturday 2:00pm – 2:50pm, (Dragon Pavilion (1))
Claire Eddy, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Randy Henderson, Lane Heymont
Moderator: Spencer G. Ellsworth

Before we learn how to write a good elevator pitch, let’s first discuss some examples using popular books or films. Join us for what promises to be a fun time!

 

PANEL: Writers of the Future Panel (Writing)

Saturday 3:00pm – 3:50pm, (Ballroom C)
Pros and Guests: David Farland, Julie Frost, James Glass, Randy Henderson

MisCon is proud to have many Writers of the Future winners among our guests. In addition, this year’s guest of honor, David Farland, is a judge for the Writers of the Future contest. Let’s discuss the benefits and the ins and outs of the contest.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: Meet & Greet (Meet & Greet/Signing)

Saturday 4:00pm – 4:50pm, (Spotlight)
Pros and Guests: Randy Henderson, Carter Reid.

Meet a couple of our authors, get signatures, and see what they’re up to these days.

 

PANEL: Raising the Stakes without Violence (Writing)

Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, (Gallatin)
Pros and Guests: Eric Scott Fischl, Randy Henderson, Todd Lockwood, Krista Wallace

Sure you can raise the stakes by placing your character in physical danger, but what are some other ways you can raise the stakes? What about internal, interpersonal, and familial stakes?

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BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL – SUNDAY JUNE 4 (BERKELEY, CA)

PANEL (and signing): Imagining the Other: Using Fantasy to Build Empathy

1:30pm – 2:45pm @ Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom

Randy Henderson, Erika Lewis, Chuck Wendig, moderated by Ellen Klages

You’ve no doubt heard the adage, “Write what you know,” but what if you want to write about aliens, dragons, wizards, or people from an entirely different culture? Four writers debunk the myth that “knowing” trumps all, and how it’s far more important to write what you imagine, what inspires you, and what story you want to tell.

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd

Book Signing Location: Interior patio

Additional Info: https://www.baybookfest.org/2017-schedule/

 

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DENVER COMICON – JUNE 30th-JULY 2nd (DENVER, CO)

PANEL: TBD

 

Randy Henderson, Dan Wells, Robert Brockway, Michael Haspil

Book Signing Location: TBD

 

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EMERALD CITY COMIC CON – MARCH 4 (SEATTLE, WA)

6:30 -7:30 PM – WSCC 603

Panel: Authors Against Humanity

Description: Ever laugh when someone falls? Ever think “Should I be laughing at this?” Well it sounds like you might be a fan of the darker side of humor, and you’re not alone. Join authors Randy Henderson (Finn Fancy Necromancy), Dan Wells (John Cleaver series), Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), and Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim) as they discuss what inspires and tickles their funny bones.

SpeakersRandy Henderson, Dan Wells, Robert Brockway, and pending

Autographing Time PRIOR TO PANEL5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

 

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TUCSON BOOK FESTIVAL – MARCH 12 (TUCSON, AZ)

 

Sun 11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Integrated Learning Center Room 141

Workshop: Plot vs Character Arc

How to make your plot work with the inner transformation of your main character to enhance the impact of both,and how to get unstuck when they don’t play well together.

Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following workshop)

 

Sun 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – UA Mall Tent

Panel: Why So Serious?

Dark fantasy vs. whimsical fantasy.

Randy Henderson, Mira Grant, V. E. Schwab, Sam Sykes, Moderator: John Muñoz

Signing area:  Sales & Signing Area – Central Mall (following panel)

 

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BAYOU BOOK FESTIVAL – SAT, APRIL 8 (HOUSTON, TX)

Lonestar College – Kingwood

4 – 5PM – location TBD

Presentation – Fantastical Urban Spaces: A Discussion on How Location Influences the Fantasy

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THURS-SUN APRIL 13-16

NORWESCON – SEATAC, WA

FRIDAY

Reading:  Randy Henderson

11:30am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 2

FIRST SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW SERIES I’M WORKING ON!

 

Character and Transformation

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Evergreen 1&2

Mark J. Ferrari (M), Peter Orullian, Tina Connolly, Randy Henderson

 

SATURDAY

Koffee Klatsch: Randy Henderson

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Pro Suite

Randy Henderson (M)

 

Autograph Session 1

2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Grand 2

Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. Chen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Rhiannon Held, Scott James Magner, Sonia Orin Lyris, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, Hayley Stone

 

But I’m Too Busy to Write

3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 11

Adam Rakunas (M), Jack Skillingstead, Randy Henderson, Shannon Page, Kristy Acevedo

 

SUNDAY

The Art of Critique

2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 11

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Jak Koke, Randy Henderson

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TUESDAY, APR 18, 6-9pm

GET LIT! FESTIVAL, AUNTIE’S BOOKS – SPOKANE, WA

402 West Main Avenue

Spokane, WA 99201

Additional Info: WRITING WORKSHOP, Plot vs Character Arc

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TUESDAY, JAN 31 at 7pm

SFWA READING SERIES – KIRKLAND, WA

Readings by Curtis Chen, Fonda Lee, and Randy Henderson

Wilde Rover Irish Pub

111 Central Way, Kirkland, Washington 98033

 

Additional Info: Books will be sold at event by University Bookstore

Facebook Event Link

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THURSDAY, FEB 2 at 7pm

SFWA READING SERIES – PORTLAND, OR

Readings by Curtis Chen, Fonda Lee, and Randy Henderson

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214

Additional Info: Booksellers will be at event.

Facebook Event Link

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WEDNESDAY, MAR 8 at 7:00pm

BOOK LAUNCH –  UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE – SEATTLE

Launch for Smells Like Finn Spirit (Finn Fancy book 3)!

4326 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Info: Reading, Signing, and Celebrationing the official release of SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT.

AFTERPARTY is at The District Lounge!

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THURSDAY, MAR 9 at 6pm

LIBERTY BAY BOOKS at LOVECRAFT BREWING CO. – BREMERTON, WA

LoveCraft Brewing co.

275 5th St, Ste 101
Bremerton, Washington 98337

 

Additional Info: Reading, Signing, and Celebration for Smells Like Finn Spirit.  Books will be available from Liberty Bay Books.

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SATURDAY, MAR 18 at 7pm

VILLAGE BOOKS – BELLINGHAM, WA

1200 11th St

Bellingham, WA 98225

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Smells Like Finn Spirit

 

 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14 11:30-12PM

NORWESCON – SEATAC, WA

DoubleTree by Hilton, Seattle Airport

Reading:  Randy Henderson

11:30am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 2

FIRST SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES I’M WORKING ON!

 

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TUESDAY, APR 18, 6-9pm

GET LIT! FESTIVAL, AUNTIE’S BOOKS – SPOKANE, WA

402 West Main Avenue

Spokane, WA 99201

Additional Info: READING for Smells Like Finn Spirit.

Additional details forthcoming.

 

 

More readings and signings announced as they are scheduled …

CASCADE WRITERS WORKSHOP – Friday JULY 29, 2016 (Tacoma, WA)

1pm: Workshop: Level Up as a Writer (including exercises)

7pm: Panel: Resources for Authors (with Anthea Sharp, Rhiannon

Held)

8pm Workshop: Personal Weakness and How to Exploit It (with Spencer Ellsworth)

Additional Info: See Cascade Writers website for programming schedule and details

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WORLDCON PANELS – August 17-21, 2016 (Kansas City, MO)

 

Thursday 10:00 – 11:00AM, 3501F – A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

BEST (MEGA) BITS OF GAMING

Gaming has dramatically changed in the last few years – we’ve seen the rise of boardgames, and videogames now frequently outsell movies. Many of these games take old elements of games design and reimagine or revive them. What legacies from gaming development and design can we bring with us to make more exciting titles, and which ones should we leave behind? Our panel discuss the merits of everything from collision detection to point and click, choose a couple of favourites and suggest others for the trash.

Randy Henderson, Symantha Reagor, Vivian Trask (M), Andrea G. Stewart, Brianna Spacekat Wu, Carrie Patel

 

Thursday 12:00 – 1:00PM – 3501F – A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

50 YEARS OF STAR TREK PART 1: The Franchise

Star Trek is fifty years old. Let’s discuss how it has changed and developed as a franchise. Join our panelists for a fun exploration of how Star Trek: The Original Series is different from The Next Generation, how the movies vary, and the canonical relevance of the tie-in novels. Everything from writing styles, special effects, characters, ethics, social norms, toys, and more will be considered.

Dave Creek, Randy Henderson (M), Ms. Melinda Snodgrass, David Gerrold, Shanna Swendson

 

Friday 12:00 – 1:00PM – 2502B – A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

GENDER FLIP IN TV AND MOVIES

Sandra Bullock asked her agent to look for male roles for her that she could play because female roles were so limiting. Changing the genders of characters is one way big name stars get to act in interesting roles, it is also one way women get representation on screen. Whether we consider Ripley in the Alien franchise, Kara Thrace in Battlestar Galactica, Zula in Conan the Destroyer, Dizzy Flores in Starship Troopers, Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars trilogy to name but a few. We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of this increasingly common trope.

Sandee Rodriguez, MR Eric Kaplan, Ms. Melinda Snodgrass, Mrs. ElizaBeth Gilligan, Randy Henderson (M)

 

Friday 3:00PM – 4:00PM – 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)

LEGENDS AND MYTHS IN URBAN FANTASY

Most urban fantasy draws upon folklore and legnds. How do these old mystical beliefs inform modern fantasy? What place does magic have in downtown New York, Mexico City, or London? Do the rules of magic and the supernatural change between when you cross between city street and countryside?

Dana Cameron (M), Randy Henderson, Sharon Joss, Yanni Kuznia, Chelsea Mueller

 

NORWESCON PANELS – FRI MARCH 25, 2016 (SEATTLE, WA)

Fri 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 3&4
So You’ve Finished a First Draft
Writing a first draft is a huge accomplishment, but it’s also just the beginning. What do you do next? How do you revise it? How do you even know where to start? Learn how to take your messy draft and turn it into a completed, polished manuscript.
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman
Fri 4:00 PM-5:00 PM – Cascade 5&6
The Art of Writing It Again
Your editor orders a major rewrite of your masterpiece. How exactly do you go about doing it? Discuss with our panelists how to best cope with revision while still keeping true to the story you wanted to tell in the first place.
Dean Wells (M), Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Brenda Carre, Brenda Cooper

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WONDERCON PANEL – SAT MARCH 26, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, CA)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 151
Mythos Mix-Up
Centuries of mythology inform speculative fiction storytelling; how do authors pick and choose what they incorporate and what they alter? Classic heroes and heroines, deities and sea creatures, and monsters – terrestrial and extra- – play roles in the works of Rachel Marks (Dark Cycle series), Randy Henderson (Arcana Familia series), Judd Winick (HILO series), Tobie Easton (Mer Chronicles), and Kathryn Rose (Metal & Lace series). In conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.
Signing after at: Convention Author Autograph Area, Booth #3000

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EMERALD CITY COMICON PANEL – SAT APRIL 9, 2016 (SEATTLE, WA)

5:15 PM-6:15 PM
Room: W603
Authors Against Humanity – Dark Humor in Lit
Ever laugh when someone falls? Ever think “Should I be laughing at this?” Well it sounds like you might be a fan of the darker side of humor, and you’re not alone. Join authors Randy Henderson (Finn Fancy Necromancy), Dan Wells (John Cleaver series), Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), and Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim) as they discuss what inspires and tickles their funny bones.
Signing after at: Table 29

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NORWESCON READING – SUN MARCH 27, 2016

I’ll read from Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Sunday 10:30 AM-11:00 PM – Cascade 1

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RUSTYCON PANELS – JAN 15-17, 2016

Additional Info: http://www.rustycon.com/index.php

 

 

FOOLSCAP WRITING WORKSHOP – FEB 5, 2016

LEVEL UP AS A WRITER

This “kitchen sink” presentation will cover everything from beginning writer mistakes to advanced plotting techniques, and the common evolutionary stages many writers go through from aspiring writer to published pro. Whatever stage you are at, you will hopefully learn something to help you level up as a writer. With handouts! And exercises! But not the sweaty kind of exercises.
Instructor: Randy Henderson

Friday, February 5, 2016, 1:30 pm

To Register: http://www.foolscap.org/workshops/

 

 

THURSDAY, JAN 21

BELLINGHAM SCI-FI AND FANTASY CLUB – BELLINGHAM, WA

Book club visit

Dropping by Bellingham book club to discuss Finn Fancy Necromancy

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MONDAY, FEB 8 at 6:30pm

LIBERTY BAY BOOK CLUB (at Valholl Brewery) – POULSBO, WA

Book club visit

Dropping by Liberty Bay Book club to discuss Finn Fancy Necromancy

Additional Info: Led by Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo

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TUESDAY, FEB 16 at 7:00pm

BOOK LAUNCH –  UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE – SEATTLE

Launch for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free!

4326 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Info: Reading, Signing, and Celebrationing the official release of BIGFOOTLOOSE AND FINN FANCY FREE.

There will be an 80’s Costume Contest!

AFTERPARTY is at The District Lounge!

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 7:00pm

Powell’s Books – BEAVERTON, OR

(Cedar Hill Crossing Location)

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd

Beaverton, OR

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Join me for dinner at McMenamins beforehand, or for dessert/drinks nearby after 🙂

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 6:30 pm

Grassroots Bookstore – CORVALLIS, OR

227 SW 2nd St

Corvallis, OR 97333

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 at 7:00pm

Copperfield’s Books – PETALUMA, CA

140 Kentucky Street

PetalumaPetaluma, CA 94952

Additional Info: Interview/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Rather than just a reading, there will be a live conversation/ interview: Brave New Worlds: Conversation with Ross E. Lockhart for their website: http://wordhorde.com/)

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 2:00pm

Borderlands – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Joint reading with Alyx Dellamonica!

866 Valencia St.

San Francisco, California 94110

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, AND a reading by Alyx Dellamonica!

And join me after for conversation over food and drinks!

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 2pm

Mysterious Galaxy – SAN DIEGO, CA

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100,

San Diego, CA 92111

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

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WENDESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 7pm

Third Place Books – LAKE FOREST PARK, WA

17171 Bothell Way NE

Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

And join me for dinner before the reading, and/or dessert and drinks after the reading, at Lake Forest Bar & Grill (same parking lot).  If possible, let me know if you plan to join so I can arrange for seating.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 6:30pm

Barnes & Noble (Kitsap Mall) – SILVERDALE, WA

10315 Silverdale Way NW

Silverdale, WA 98383

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Join me after for drinks/ dessert at the Silver City bar and grill.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at 7pm

Village Books – BELLINGHAM, WA

1200 11th St

Bellingham, WA 98225

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Afterparty at The Racket with pinball, food and drinks available.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1 at 7:00pm

The Tattered Cover – DENVER, CO

2526 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80206

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Join me after for drinks/ dessert at a nearby location

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15 at 7:00pm

Auntie’s Books – SPOKANE, WA

WITH SHARMA SHIELDS

402 West Main Avenue

Spokane, WA 99201

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, AND reading by Sharma Shields!

Join me before for dinner, or after for drinks/ dessert nearby.  Let me know if interested in joining so I can arrange for enough seats.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 at 7:00pm

Rediscovered Books – BOISE, ID

180 N 8th St

Boise, ID, 83702

Additional Info: Reading/Q&A/Signing for Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Join me after for drinks/ dessert at a nearby location

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AUGUST 19-23, 2015 

WORLDCON/ SASQUAN – SPOKANE, WA

Panel: Writing Diverse Characters 

Thursday, August 20 2015, 4:00 pm

Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

with Kameron Hurley, Mary Soon Lee, Grá Linnaea, Walidah Imarisha

Kaffee Klatche – Randy Henderson

Thursday, August 20 2015, 5:00 pm

202A-KK1 (CC)

Panel: The Work of Being a Writer

Thursday, August 20 2015, 9:00 pm

Bays 111A (CC)

with Brenda Cooper, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Susan Palwick

Reading – Randy Henderson

Saturday, August 22 2015, 4:00 pm

303b (CC)

Autographing – Randy Henderson

Saturday, August 22 2015, 11:00 am

Exhibit Hall B (CC)

 

 

JULY 23-26, 2015 

CASCADE WRITERS WORKSHOP

Kent, WA

Panel: Writing Stories with Emotion

Panel: Novel Arcs

Panel: Editing

Query Pitch Practice

Additional Info: See Cascade Writers website for schedule and details

 

 

APRIL 2-5, 2015 

NORWESCON – SEATTLE, WA

Seatac, WA

Additional Info: My reading and panel are all on 

Saturday 2/4: 

Reading: 1:30pm (See Program)

Autograph Session: 3:00PM-4:00PM (Grand 2)

Panel: Character Arc, Plot Arc, Story: 5:00PM-6:00PM (Evergreen 1&2)

With: Nina Post (M), Randy Henderson, Craig English, Nancy Kress, Alex C. Renwick, Susan DeFreitas

 

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