Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 33: Level Up!, May 24 - 27, 2019 Missoula, Montana

Alisha Knaff

MisCon 33 Panel Volunteer

Alisha A. Knaff lives in Seattle with her two cats, Hal and Odin, who consistently assure her that she is in no danger of becoming a crazy cat lady. By day, she works to promote other people's products, and by night she weaves bizarre imaginations into hopefully coherent tales. Her urban fantasy novel, School of Sight is available through Razorgirl Press.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Spotlight: Patten, Knaff, Spotlight
    Panelists: Alisha Knaff, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

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

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Toxic Masculinity As Villain?, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: William C. Riley; Panelists: Alisha Knaff, Tess Langston, William C. Riley, Dean Wells

    Masculine tropes are commonly used in the depiction of heroes, but toxic masculinity is increasingly being explored as well, as villains are the heroes of their own story. What is toxic masculinity, and how does it lend itself in the writing of villainy and evil?

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Love Is Love, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: William C. Riley; Panelists: H Martin Cox (Dameon), Andrea Howe, Alisha Knaff, William C. Riley

    How do you write queer romance in genre fiction? What are some tips a heteronormative author can keep in mind while writing a queer romance without unintentionally offending? Are there any resources for research?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, But I Want to Do it All!, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Joyce Reynolds-Ward; Panelists: Alisha Knaff, Corry L. Lee, Theresa Miller, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    Many creative people are creative in more than one way, whether it be writing, art, music, drama, or so on. How do you balance your multiple creativities? Which creative process should take priority, or is doing more than one form simply diluting your energies?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Physics of Sex: Overcoming the Awkward, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel, Alisha Knaff

    *Parental Advisory*
    In this panel we're going to talk about writing sex scenes that don't get awkward or silly or stupid. We'll also talk about how you can avoid cliches.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Sun 7:00
  • moderator Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Adding Depth to Your Characters., Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Alisha Knaff; Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Meradeth Houston, Esther Jones, Alisha Knaff

    The best books are often remembered because of the characters who inhabit them. As writers we know we need to write well-rounded characters, but what are some of the best ways to do this? How do we make our characters come alive on the page? Are there places we can go for help generating ideas?