Current Schedule for Ballroom C
Friday Schedule for Ballroom C
- Sensing Violence (Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Elliott Kay, Joseph Malik, Rory Miller, John Olsen
What does violence sound like? Smell like? How does it feel and taste? Are the details of violence like those we see in movies? If not, should you write them realistically or cinematically?
Saturday Schedule for Ballroom C
- Much Ado About Novellas (Writing)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Rhiannon Held, Patrick Swenson, Kaye Thornbrugh
What are novellas good for? Awards season has a category, do you read any of them? What are some of the strengths of that length, or are they just too-long short stories or too-short novels?
- Writing Habits (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Jill Bowers, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Elliott Kay
In this fun little panel we’ll discuss writing habits. From setting a time every day to writing on the fly. What works best for you? What are the ways our professional authors do it? What about working parents or those with busy full-time jobs? How do they find the time to write?
- Keeping Secrets in your Plot (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Eldon Thompson, Krista Wallace
How shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and the Good Place demonstrate ways to reveal or not reveal secrets (spoilers abound).
- Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond ... (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Camille Griep, Jason A. Holt, Kamila Miller, Eldon Thompson
Why do evil villains always make one fatal mistake that allows the hero to save the day? If this is a stupid cliche, why do we love it so much? And while we’re at it, let’s touch upon the villain monologue. Is there a way to avoid it while still explaining the whys of your villain’s actions?
- It Seemed Like She Was, She Thought (Writing, Makers)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Eric Scott Fischl, John Olsen, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
In Ken Rand’s Ten Percent Solution, he advocates that you take your story and cut 10%. That includes writing tight, precise prose, among other things. What are some of the best ways to do this?
Sunday Schedule for Ballroom C
- Honing Ideas (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kamila Miller, J.A. Pitts, Brandon Sanderson, Tex Thompson
Some writers work with concepts while they're conceiving a story. Others focus on tag lines and log lines for book covers only to figure out that their story is unfocused or doesn't have a point. Learn how to hone your story idea before you write a single word.
- MisCon Workshop: Brainstorming (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace
How to Get Really Good at Brainstorming! Join us for a hands-on workshop in which Rhiannon Held and Krista Wallace will demonstrate how to get really good at brainstorming! Attendees will then get to practice their own brainstorming with each other.
Monday Schedule for Ballroom C
- MisCon Workshop: Secret Structure of All Stories (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Manny Frishberg
Join Manny Frishberg for a 2-hour writing workshop. Because the pace and pattern of a well told tale is something we’re all deeply familiar with, this workshop looks at what makes a good story--from fairy tales and Hollywood movies to Japanese Noe dramas and Chinese opera.