L.F. Patten (Laurey)

MisCon 31 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, Spotlight: Bensen, Patten, Spotlight
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

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

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Do I Need An Editor?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Guy Pace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Tex Thompson

    You might be asking yourself this question whether you're self published or going the traditional route. If you need one, what kind of editor do you need? How do you know when you're ready for an editor? There are lots of different kinds of editors, how do you know which one is the right one for you at what stage in the process?

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Care and Feeding of a Writers' Critique Group, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, David Boop, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), D.L Solum

    Over the course of the weekend, we want you to do have opportunities to create, mold, and join writers' groups, so in this panel we'll discuss how you find, maintain, and organize a writers' group. We'll learn how to give and take critiques, and how to use those critiques to improve your writing (ie: what do you use and what do you ignore?).

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Flawed Hero: Writing Realistic Characters, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Carol Berg, David Farland, Deby Fredericks, Randy Henderson, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    There are workbooks full of exercises to create well-rounded characters, but how do professional writers really do it? Do they actually know what a particular character would eat for breakfast? Let's discuss characters from the very start and maybe even create one of our own to show one way it can be done.

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Build a Better Monster, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Meradeth Houston, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Build a Better Monster: Biology and Creature Design in Scifi and Fantasy
    Not all monsters are created evil. The best ones don't look like they were created at all, but evolved like real animals. We'll talk about the ecology, bio-mechanics, and phylogeny of creature-creation -- that's everything you need but the test tube full of mutagen.

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Is Self Publishing For Me?, Gallatin
    Moderator: Joyce Reynolds-Ward; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    Caveats, considerations, and contemplation of the process of Doing It All Yourself. What sort of issues do you need to think about? When in your career should you do it? And what are some things you shouldn't do?

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Spencer G. Ellsworth, James Glass, L.F. Patten (Laurey), J.A. Pitts

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Author Readings: Patten and Jones, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Frog Jones, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works!

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Writing Big Battles and Single Combat, Madison
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Alyson Peterson, D.L Solum

    Let's talk about writing battles battles versus personal combat, the differences and similarities. How do you learn all this stuff?

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