MisCon 31 Attending Professional
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing "Clockwork Millennials" series published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works of speculative fiction have appeared in Ideomancer, 10Flash Quarterly, Eldritch Tales, Demensions, ShadowKeep, The Nocturnal Lyric, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and a cat, though he's open to entertaining the occasional ferret or weasel. He is an active member of Fairwood Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Family Drama in Stories, Madison
Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Esther Jones, Dean Wells, Danica Winters
We're one big happy family here at MisCon, but happy families don't make for good stories. Join us as we discuss family dynamics and how you can harness them for the benefit of your stories.
- Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 1:00
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Plot as a Verb, Dragon Pavilion (1)
Panelists: David Farland, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dean Wells
Plot is a verb -- it has to move and do something. In this panel we'll discuss how to make your plot one non-stop rollercoaster ride. How might you do this if your plot involves very little actual action scenes?
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Author Readings: Berg, Hodges, Wells, Madison
Panelists: Carol Berg, Michael Hodges, Dean Wells
Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (15 minutes a piece)
- Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Weird Westerns, Steampunk, and Penny Dreadfuls, Jefferson
Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: David Boop, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Tex Thompson, Dean Wells
Let's discuss the history of, how to write, where to submit, and other things related to weird westerns, steampunk, and penny dreadfuls.
- Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Crafting Your Own Elevator Pitch, Jefferson
Moderator: Tod McCoy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dean Wells
We've discussed elevator pitches for some popular books and films so now it's time to write our own! Bring your elevator pitch for an informal discussion of what works and what doesn't. Or, if you're too shy to share your own, join us to listen to others and learn how to craft one.
- Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 2:00
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Spotlight: Fredericks, Wells, Spotlight
Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Dean Wells
Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.
- Break Sun 2:50 - Mon 10:00
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Voice in SF/F, Dragon Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Alyson Peterson; Panelists: David Boop, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Alyson Peterson, Dean Wells
Sometimes writers intent on world building spend less time on finding their main character's voice. Let's discuss how you describe your new worlds in the main character's, or the narrator's, unique voice. Authors who are particularly good at this are Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, select Brandon Sanderson books, Anne McCaffry, Brian Jacques, to name a few.
- Break Mon 10:50 - Mon 1:00
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Current Trends in Sci/Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, Madison
Panelists: David Boop, Andrea Howe, Dean Wells
Let's discuss the current trends in genre. This will be an audience-participation panel where we talk about what people really want to see/read, as opposed to what the media and the big houses are focused on.