Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

MisCon 32 Attending Professional

Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

A full list of Peter's in-print publications can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BMOTJI

Peter has been publishing short stories since 1993, game story-lines since 2002, and novels since 2008. His first novel, Second Paradigm, landed him several speaking engagements on the topic of how to write time travel and true nonlinear stories. He is currently playing in the Steampunk sandbox as a writer at, and Art Director of, a creative studio at www.FairyPunkStories.com.

This year he is a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® for his first Graphic Novel, 'Behind These Eyes.'

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, After NaNoWriMo, Yellowstone
    Moderator: Tod McCoy; Panelists: Meradeth Houston, Jeff Howe, Tod McCoy, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    What happens after National Novel Writing Month? How do you take what you’ve written and turn it into a saleable work? We’ll talk revisions, editing, and options.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Sat 11:00
  • moderator Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Pacing, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Tod McCoy, John Olsen, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    What are some effective ways to control the pacing of your scenes, chapters, and overall book? Is it structure? Paragraph-by-paragraph? Can you outline for pacing?

  • panel Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, 436 (436)
    Panelists: Jayne Fury, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

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

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Creating Interesting Nations, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: James Glass, Lee Moyer, Brandon Sanderson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    We talk a lot about worldbuilding but what about the smaller-scale stuff like nations and nationstates? How can you build a new and unique nation for your story? How can you incorporate politics and culture and national identity in interesting ways? And, finally, how do you connect the characters to this nation?

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun Noon
  • moderator Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Squeezing in Backstory, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Carol Berg, Michael Hodges, Kaye Thornbrugh, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    How can you squeeze backstory into every line of your story from start to finish? How much of your character's backstory should you know before you start writing?

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Tragic Heroes, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: Carol Berg, Brandon Sanderson, Eldon Thompson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Tragic heroes like - Wolverine, Rand al’Thor, and Boromir - save the day, and maybe even the world, but at great personal sacrifice. They almost never get what they want in life, and end up finding themselves fighting the good fight. Why do we love them? Why do they speak to us?