L.F. Patten (Laurey)

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

L.F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as �A.D.D of the right brain.� Degreed in history and anthropology, her checkered career has included work as an archaeologist on medieval/castle sites in England, a tour guide at the Smithsonian, a history teacher, herbalist, book editor, jewelry designer, and pottery instructor. She has also been a writer for more than 30 years, publishing both articles and short stories. Her novel, the heroic fantasy The Talent Sinistral, launched at World Fantasy Con in 2014, was written in loving tribute to fellow right-brainers everywhere.

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 5:00
  • panel 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 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics for Storytellers, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    There's often talk of incorporating religions,magic, and history into your world, but what about politics? How do you design the politics of an entirely new world? How do you keep track of who's backstabbing whom? And, most importantly, how do you write about politics without becoming too political, at the risk of isolating readers?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - 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.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Elevator Pitches, Queries, Synopses, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Mark Teppo

    Panels on these subjects may be ubiquitous, but they’re important. Selling your book through one of these means is hard. In this panel, we’ll learn from authors and editors about how to craft the best pitch possible for your book or short story.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Character and Desire, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, David Keck, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Eldon Thompson

    It always comes back to character. What does the hero want? What stops her from getting it? What are the consequences of failing? The progress of the protagonist connects an audience to a story. Join us as we discuss all things related to character and desire.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - 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?

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

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