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: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Meradeth Houston, 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, 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?

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sun Noon
  • moderator Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Squeezing in Backstory, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Michael Hodges, Brandon Sanderson, 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?