Rhiannon Held

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. 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. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Beyond The Fangs, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson

    Urban Fantasy encompasses more than just vampires and werewolves, yet it seems that the fanged creatures of the night have captured the limelight. What other creatures, dangerous and ghastly, lurk around dark city corners?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Storytelling in Once Upon a Time, Jefferson
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, C.L Norman (Candi), Krista Wallace

    Let’s talk about storytelling techniques the writers of Once Upon a Time use to tell the characters’ stories, including the use of flashback. What do they do well? Where do they miss the mark?

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, The Role of Stories, Gallatin
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Meradeth Houston

    Every culture might interpret the same story in vastly different ways (Ex: Hamlet). Unique cultures can also independently create startlingly similar stories. What is it about stories that make them such an entrenched part of human culture? Why is the morality tale the preferred way to instruct youth in societal norms? Is it possible that stories are the key to understanding what it means to be human?

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 3:00
  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Fiction Slam Readings, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Frog Jones

    Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
    1500: Rhiannon Held
    1520: Julia Frost
    1540: Frog Jones

  • moderator Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Crafting Unique Titles, Gallatin
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Rhiannon Held, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    How much work do I put into a title for my book or short story? How do I chose one? What titles worked for you? Are the titles themselves becoming tropes?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Meet & Greet/Signing: Rhiannon Held/Guy Pace, Hotel Lobby of Doom
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Guy Pace

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

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Depicting Emotions in Fiction, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Christopher Paolini, Dean Wells

    Do you remember the last time you cried during a really good book? Or how about that time you laughed out loud to the embarrassment of all? Have you ever wanted to capture that sort of emotion in your own writing? In this panel we'll discuss how to write killer scenes that will have your readers so emotionally entangled, it'll take a psychologist to get them out.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 11:00
  • moderator Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, What I Learned Along the Path of Failure, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, Robin Hobb, J.A. Pitts

    Writing basics that no one ever tells you. "I thought I could do this but everyone in the room looked at me like I had three heads." Don't apologize for something you haven't learned yet. Learn from your mistakes. Join us for a discussion about giving and receiving critique the right way. Tips and tricks to turn that rejection into something positive.

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