MisCon 30 Guest of Honor
Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska where she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, Blood of Dragons), The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. The Inheritance, a collection of stories, was published under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and she has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.
Web site: http://www.robinhobb.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Book Signing: General Session, Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
This signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the lines moving, Robin and Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Joining Plot & Character Arc, Ballroom B
Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Carol Berg, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)
So you've outlined your plot and you know the changes your character will experience--but how do you join these into one coherent and cohesive arc? In this panel we'll hear from the experts.
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Tent By the Trees (1)
Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Brenda Carre, Robin Hobb, Brian Rathbone
We're once again building an empire! Our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Lord & Lady Towers (Will Brown & Ashley McGehee), Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Christine Barkl, Jim Butcher, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Tundra Malamute, Nikki Rossignol, Beth Stoops, Chad Volpe (The Fin)
Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk to the Elks, the Wilma, the Roxy Theater, and through Caras Park back to the hotel.
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
Panelists: Word Fire Press , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Of all the gin joints in the city, you had to wander into this one. Well, come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 30. We'll meet our GoHs, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer. If the weather doesn't allow, we'll move into Ballrooms B&C in the hotel.
- Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Book Signing: Robin Hobb, Elks Stage 112
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Robin Hobb
This signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Robin can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Worst Panel Ever Panel, Ballroom B
Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Carol Berg, Robin Hobb, Christopher Paolini, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Veteran panelists will share stories of some of the most harrowing and funny experiences they have had on panels.
- Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, The Evil Monologue, Ballroom B
Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
Why do villains feel the need to monologue? Is imparting the full impact of the scheme rewarding in itself despite the risks that the hero could subvert such carefully laid plans? Would the victory be somehow less complete if no one knew the villain's true genius? Do monologues serve other purposes? Should your villain give one? What about a hero's monologue?
- Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 11:00
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Conflict, Tension, and Other Gnarly Bits, Ballroom B
Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Jim Butcher, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
Aspiring writers are bombarded with advice: tension on every page, more internal conflict, more external conflict, make it personal, make it organic. Let's make sense out the twists and turns that hook readers and hold them until the end.
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Flaws: a Double-Edged Sword, Ballroom B
Moderator: Julie Frost; Panelists: Julie Frost, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, J.A. Pitts
Many of our flaws can have beneficial features as well. Take Scarlett O'Hara, for example: she's manipulative...which makes her clever. She ambitious...which makes her tenacious and persistent. Join us as we talk about the dual nature of our weaknesses.
- Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 4:00
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Bringing FitzChivalry Farseer to Life, Ballroom B
Panelists: Rob Carlos, Robin Hobb
Watch artist Rob Carlos bring FitzChivalry Farseer to life (in an original sketch) under Robin's direction.
- Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 11:00
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.
- Break Mon 11:50 - Mon 1:00
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, PLOT, Ballroom B
Panelists: Justin Barba, Steve Diamond, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Patrick Rothfuss
Replacing Butcher & Rothfuss Q&A
Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Orullian, Steve Diamond