Shawn Speakman

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Connecting Emotionally with Characters, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Shawn Speakman

    Emotional connection to characters is paramount. The greatest plot in the world won't save your book if your readers care nothing for your characters. Creating that emotional connection can be difficult. In this panel we'll learn some tips and tricks for doing just that. In addition, we'll talk about your characters' emotions and how to best articulate those emotions in a way that will enhance your readers' connection.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Creating the Brands of Tomorrow, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: John Picacio, Shawn Speakman, Mark Teppo

    Three leading sf/f creatives will share why they created their own publishing houses, what they're producing, what's next, and where the next frontiers are. Discussion + Q&A.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Telling Tall Tales, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), CthulhuBob Lovely, Shawn Speakman

    In the Wasteland, you might not have paper and a pencil handy, but you can always tell a story. Come grab a spot around the campfire and hear a yarn or two. We'll discuss the nature of tall tales and will regale you with some whoppers.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Q&A: Author Terry Brooks, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman

    Join us for a Q&A with Author Guest of Honor, Terry Brooks.

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page: Make or Break, 2nd Edition, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Anne Groell, Andrea Howe, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

    In this panel, you'll get a first-hand look at how editors react when they read the opening page of your submission. Submit the first page of your story or book to be randomly read aloud. Our panelists will stop the reader when they would stop reading the submission and tell you why. Submissions will be handed in at the beginning of the panel. Submissions will not be returned and not all submissions will be read.

  • 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. 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.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • moderator Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Shannara Chronicles, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Shawn Speakman; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman

    Learn about Terry's forthcoming television series on MTV, the Shannara Chronicles.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.

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