Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Rhiannon Held

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Rhiannon Held writes urban fantasy, along with space opera and weird western (as R. Z. Held). She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. At work, she mostly uses her degree for copy-editing technical reports; in writing, she uses it for cultural world-building; in public, she'll probably use it to check the mold seams on the wine bottle at dinner.

Rhiannon Held writes urban fantasy, along with space opera and weird western (as R. Z. Held). She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. At work, she mostly uses her degree for copy-editing technical reports; in writing, she uses it for cultural world-building; in public, she'll probably use it to check the mold seams on the wine bottle at dinner.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • moderator Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Sharp Snappy Dialogue, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohman (Raf), Danith McPherson

    Let's discuss dialogue. No, this is not a snappy description.

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Spotlight: Rhiannon Held, Spotlight
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held

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

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Organizing Story Ideas, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohman (Raf), Esther Jones, Frog Jones

    Let's discuss ways to organize story ideas. What do writers use? Software like Scrivener, One Note, Google Drive? Post-it notes?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - 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 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Filling the Cast, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: John Logan; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohman (Raf), John Logan, Theresa Miller

    Let's discuss ways to create an interesting and lively cast of characters for your creative project, whether it's a novel, an RPG, a comic, or whatever fun thing you do.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Delicious Fiction, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Rafael Hohman (Raf); Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohman (Raf), Frog Jones, Sanan Kolva

    Food is important in any culture and impacts every character in a good story. Come learn how to elevate your descriptions of food and develop ideas for how to include cuisine in your stories. Let's learn how to make our readers hungry!

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • moderator Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Writer's Block?, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Katie Cross, Manny Frishberg, Rhiannon Held, Dean Wells

    I would have written a description for this panel, but I just couldn't find the words. How do you guys deal with writer's block?

  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Culture and Fiction, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Manny Frishberg, James Glass, Rhiannon Held

    Let's discuss how to create and use culture to bring your fiction to life. What are the necessary ingredients? What are some great examples of culture in SF/F/Horror?