Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Brandon Sanderson

MisCon 32 Guest of Honor

Brandon Sanderson was born in December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in eighth grade when an astute teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book, and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as Robert Jordan, Melanie Rawn, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some. His first attempts, he says, were dreadful.

In 1994 Brandon enrolled at Brigham Young University as a biochemistry major. From 1995 to 1997 he took time away from his studies to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brandon often says that it was during this time in Seoul, Korea that he realized that he didnít miss chemistry one bit, but he did miss writing. Upon his return to BYU, Brandon became an English major, much to the dismay of his mother, who had always hoped he would become a doctor.

Brandon began writing in earnest, taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it made for a rather dismal social life, but he finished seven novels during his undergraduate years. Brandon submitted many manuscripts for publication . . . and accumulated quite a pile of rejection letters. In spite of this he continued to be a dedicated writer.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • moderator Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Sanderson's Three Laws of Magic, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon Sanderson explains why magic needs rules and what those rules can look like.

  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Lee Moyer, Brandon Sanderson, Rikki Simons, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

    Where have all the heroes gone?
    We keep shining the signal into the night sky, but the call goes unanswered.
    Bleak times have descended upon us . . .
    Will you don a cape and some spandex? How about a suit of dragonscale armor and a battleaxe?
    Itís your choice: become one of the heroes MisCon 32 so desperately needs, or join the villains and plague us all with your riddles, labyrinths, and mutant experiments.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 1:00
  • moderator Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Retrofitting Structure into a First Draft, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Eric Scott Fischl, Brandon Sanderson, Tex Thompson

    Taken from Brandonís Writing Excuses podcast, in this panel weíll talk about how you take a first draft written through discovery and retrofit structure into it.

  • moderator Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Economics in Story, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: Julie Frost, J.A. Pitts, Brandon Sanderson, Danica Winters

    Are there exciting ways to make money a tool in fiction and worldbuilding without becoming Monopoly?

  • panel Sat 3:00 - 4:50 PM, Brandon Sanderson Signing, Registration
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon Sanderson will sign autographs. This signing will be strictly moderated: he will only sign 3 items/person/trip through the line to ensure everyone gets a turn.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sat 6:00
  • moderator 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 - Sat 8:00
  • game Sat 8:00 - 10:50 PM, Brandon Sanderson's Magic Draft, Tables: 11, 12, 13, 14 Room: Madison Room
    GM(s): Brandon Sanderson

    Come join our author GOH for a Magic Draft tournament!!!!

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sun 2:00
  • moderator 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 alíThor, 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?

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Brandon's Book Guide, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Brandon Sanderson

    How does Brandon Sanderson plot a story when an idea first hits him? Let’s have Brandon take us through his step-by-step process to fleshing out a book.

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Brandon Sanderson Reading, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Brandon Sanderson

    Join Brandon as he reads from one of his works!

  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Suspicious Characters, Spotlight
    Moderator: Rob Carlos; Panelists: Rob Carlos, Brandon Sanderson

    Artist guest Rob Carlos sits with Guest of Honor, Brandon Sanderson to sketch his portrait.

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Brandon Sanderson Signing, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon Sanderson will sign autographs. This signing will be strictly moderated: he will only sign 3 items/person/trip through the line to ensure everyone gets a turn.