Rhiannon Held

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Rhiannon Held is the author of the urban fantasy Silver series from Tor. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L Norman (Candi), J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

    Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They'll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers' Workshop.

  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they're still important in their own way. Let's discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Downton Abbey: a Bygone Era, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Justin Barba, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace

    As far as we know, Downton isn’t science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but it reminds us of an era before the Wasteland. Its dialogue and characters are examples of great storytelling, and its setting is a staple among so many genre stories that we just need to discuss it. Spoiler alert! We won’t hold back, so everything in the show is on the table.

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L Norman (Candi), J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

    MisCon's Galaxy-Famous Writers' Workshop. Submit your writing to us a month before MisCon, show up at the hotel, and meet with our professional critiquing authors and editors. They'll help improve your writing.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Second Draft Blues, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Shawn Speakman

    Finish manuscript. Check. Read it through. Check. Writers' Group critique. Check. Umm...now what? How do you begin to process all the suggestions into a coherent revision that won't have you running for the hills? In this panel, we'll discuss the almighty revision process and how to stay on top of it without losing faith in your abilities.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Reading: Rhiannon Held, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held

    Rhiannon will read from one of her current works.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Family in Fiction, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Beth Stoops

    The apocalypse is a great way to kill off everyone related to your protagonist, but is that really the best idea? When is having your character's relations show up on the page useful, and when is it distracting? What benefits can family members of characters bring to stories?

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, The Building Blocks of Backstory, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe

    How do you create sufficient character backstory? Do minor characters need backgrounds, as well? How do you keep them straight? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you give your readers this information without resorting to info dumps?

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