Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

Carol Berg

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Former software engineer Carol Berg (aka Cate Glass) never expected to become an award-winning author. But her seventeen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. She’s taught writing in the US and Canada and received reader mail from the slopes of Denali and beneath the Mediterranean. All amazing for one who majored in math and computer science to avoid writing papers. Her newest novels are Cate Glass’s fantasy adventure Chimera novels from Tor Books, most recently A Conjuring of Assassins.  Carol/Cate lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, and on the internet at www.carolberg.com.

Former software engineer Carol Berg (aka Cate Glass) never expected to become an award-winning author. But her seventeen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. She’s taught writing in the US and Canada and received reader mail from the slopes of Denali and beneath the Mediterranean. All amazing for one who majored in math and computer science to avoid writing papers. Her newest novels are Cate Glass’s fantasy adventure Chimera novels from Tor Books, most recently A Conjuring of Assassins. Carol/Cate lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, and on the internet at www.carolberg.com.

Web site: http://www.sff.net/people/carolberg/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Marketing Ideas for Authors, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Katie Cross, Eva Elasigue, Michael Hodges

    Whether you’re traditionally or self published, chances are you’ll be responsible for the bulk of your marketing. How, as an author, do you develop this skill set? What are some basic things you can do to get started? What are some good resources?

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Who Likes Conflict?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Michael Hodges, Rafael Hohman (Raf), Esther Jones

    Your characters want things, right? They have goals. But conflict arises when something gets in the way. Let's discuss the different kinds of conflict in fiction and ways to bring it to the page in your own work.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Using Tropes Effectively, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Sanan Kolva; Panelists: Carol Berg, Frog Jones, Sanan Kolva, G.R. Theron

    What are tropes, how are they used, and how can we use them effectively as story-telling tools without falling back on the same old cliches?

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Plot or Character: Which Comes First?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris

    What is most important for a good story: a fast moving, engaging plot, or characters you can identify with (or at least care about?) Can you have one without the other? When should you? And, does plot emerge from the character’s needs and desires, or is the character born to serve the plot?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, De-Mystifying Mystery, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Danith McPherson

    So many kinds of mystery: amateur sleuths, professional sleuths, noir, cozies, country house, police procedurals, “setting” mysteries (Wyoming, Alaska, Iceland) et al. What makes a great mystery? How do we integrate these traditional sleuthing stories into our fantasy or science fiction milieus or do we have to look for something completely different? Who has done it well? Will devout mystery readers ever be persuaded to join us in the blend?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Necessary Story Elements, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris

    What are the essential elements of a story? More details to come.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Structuring Your Novel, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Danith McPherson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    There are as many ways to outline a book as there are books, but the structure of stories stays the same. In this panel we’ll cover the basic structure of stories, as well as offer resources to help you learn & perfect your own story’s structure. What are some books out there that will help you learn? What about other resources?

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Author Readings: Berg, Cross, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Katie Cross

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (25 minutes a piece)