Current Schedule for Ballroom B
Friday Schedule for Ballroom B
- KJA: Building My First Lightsaber (Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kevin J Anderson
Kevin J Anderson went from small-town fanboy to international bestselling author, writing in the worlds of Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune. Come hear him talk about how he rose to the top of his field.
- Joining Plot & Character Arc (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian
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.
- Beyond The Fangs (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, 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?
Saturday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Desire in Fiction (Writing, Writing)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis, L.F. Patten, Brian Rathbone, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Noir is, in part, about what people want, how badly they want it, and how far they'll go to get it. In this panel we'll talk about all your characters' desires, their darkest needs, and how to translate that to the page, regardless of genre.
- Todd Lockwood: From Artist to Author (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Todd Lockwood
Artist/author Todd Lockwood has a new book, The Summer Dragon, now out from DAW! Join him as he describes what it’s like to make the jump from artist to author and how the creative process and promotion differs from illustration. Will include an audience Q&A session.
- Worst Panel Ever Panel (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Robin Hobb, Christopher Paolini, Peter Wacks
Veteran panelists will share stories of some of the most harrowing and funny experiences they have had on panels.
- Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kevin J Anderson, J.A. Pitts, Ken Scholes, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks
Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth is a collaborative project featuring paintings by Artist Guest of Honor Jeff Sturgeon with accompanying stories by Kevin J Anderson, Ken Scholes, Peter J Wacks, John Pitts, among others. Join Jeff and some of the contributing authors as they discuss this exciting new project.
- The Worlds We Invent (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Steve Diamond, Esther Jones, Christopher Paolini
What do the worlds we invent tell us about our own world? We all understand escapism in fantasy or utopian stories, but is it as simple as that? Is Lord of the Rings escapist? What about dystopian or horror or Game of Thrones? Why are we attracted to this stuff and what does it say about us?
- The Evil Monologue (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: 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?
- First Page Idol, Third Edition (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks, Krista Wallace
Join us for MisCon’s third annual First Page Idol! Here’s how it works: Hand in the first page of your story or book at the start of the panel. Pages will be randomly chosen and read aloud. Our panelists will indicate when, had the submission come across their desk, they’d stop reading and tell us why. Submissions will be anonymous and will not be returned. (All submissions may not be read).
- Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sat 9:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
Come try your hand at Filking! You don't have to participate, but you'll probably want to. What's filking? Its a sort of impromptu mishmash of folk or popular music with a science fiction/fantasy twist. Come see for yourself--it'll be fun.
Sunday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Conflict, Tension, and Other Gnarly Bits (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- Flaws: a Double-Edged Sword (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- The Grand Scheme (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Peter Orullian, Brooke Stanley
Every great villain needs a masterpiece scheme in order to realize their ambitions and force the hero to their knees, as well as to set themselves apart from every other nefarious criminal. Learn what elements make every grand scheme extraordinary and how to construct the plan that will give your mastermind their edge.
- What's the Next Big Thing in SFF? (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kevin J Anderson, James Glass, Patrick Swenson
What's the next big sub-genre in SFF? Is it Space Opera? Epic fantasy? Urban? Hard SFF? Grimdark? Why? Why not? Why has SFF become so mainstream? What's the future of more traditional SF/space opera?
- Let's Fight! (Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher, Robert Chenoweth, Clay Cooper, Dragon Dronet, Wayne Heinz
Action sequences are an important element in story craft. Not only can they liven things up but they can also represent critical plot elements. Join both authors and trained fighters as they discuss the mechanics of fight scenes, both written and real.
- Bringing FitzChivalry Farseer to Life (Art, Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Robin Hobb
Watch artist Rob Carlos bring FitzChivalry Farseer to life (in an original sketch) under Robin's direction.
- Depicting Emotions in Fiction (Writing)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- Putting Down the Words (Writing)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kevin J Anderson, Brenda Carre, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks
Making up a statistic, your average best-selling author might write about a book a year. This accounts for edits, rewrites, and outlines of future books. Some write more, some write less. But what about those authors who put out two books a year...along with thirteen short stories, four novelettes, and four self-published compendiums to said best-selling books. How do they do it? Let's hear from the experts on what makes an author prolific.
Monday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Book Signing Line-Up: Pat Rothfuss (Meet & Greet/Signing)
Mon 9:00 - 9:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
Line up at the front of the room to get things signed by author Patrick Rothfuss. The signing starts at 10:00am and will be limited by time.
- Book Signing: Pat Rothfuss (Meet & Greet/Signing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Patrick Rothfuss
Author Pat Rothfuss will sign books and things. This signing will be heavily moderated with a limit of 3 signed items/trip through the signing line. We do NOT guarantee that you will get things signed.
- What I Learned Along the Path of Failure (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- Making Characters Resonate (Writing)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian, Patrick Rothfuss
Howe do you make characters resonate with your audience?
- PLOT (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Steve Diamond, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian, Patrick Rothfuss
Replacing Butcher & Rothfuss Q&A
Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Orullian, Steve Diamond