Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Dakota Nyght

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Dakota Nyght (she/her) is a Developmental and Line Editor for fiction authors and heart-led entrepreneurs. With 18+ years of writing and editing experience, she blends technical writing skills with her affinity as a fellow artist in a sensitive and insightful editing style. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana, a Certificate in Professional Editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Her website is dakotanyght.com.

Dakota Nyght (she/her) is a Developmental and Line Editor for fiction authors and heart-led entrepreneurs. With 18+ years of writing and editing experience, she blends technical writing skills with her affinity as a fellow artist in a sensitive and insightful editing style. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana, a Certificate in Professional Editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Her website is dakotanyght.com.

Web site: http://dakotamidnyght.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Kay Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, You Finished Your Manuscript: What Now?!, The Hollow
    Moderator: Dakota Nyght; Panelists: C E Chester, Katie Cross, Andrea Howe, Esther Jones, Dakota Nyght

    You've finally typed those two little words, "The End." Congratulations! Now on to revisions, but where to start? Learn what story elements to look at when self-editing your manuscript to get the most value out of a professional developmental edit.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Ask an Editor!, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: David Boop, Andrea Howe, Dakota Nyght

    Bring your questions to our panel of professional editors for real-world answers.

  • panel Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, 436 (436)
    Moderator: Lynn Bailey (LilSnikSnak); Panelists: Lynn Bailey (LilSnikSnak), Manny Frishberg, Valerie Guyant, Dakota Nyght

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Simple Manuscript Formatting, Nameless Ballroom
    Panelists: Andrea Howe, Sanan Kolva, Dakota Nyght

    Should that number be a numeral or spelled out? Does punctuation go inside or outside the quotation marks? And what's an action beat and where does that go? Whether you're self-publishing or planning to have your work copyedited, consistent and correct formatting will make your writing friendlier to readers and can cut down on costs with an editor. Come learn what "rules" to follow!

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Spotlight: Nyght, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Dakota Nyght

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

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Inciting Incidents: Does Your Story Have a Hook?, Phoenix Ballroom
    Panelists: Laramie Dean, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dakota Nyght

    Readers often decide whether to keep reading or put down a book within the first 5 to 10 pages—they're looking for where the action starts! Let's talk about what an inciting incident is (and isn't) and how to make it stronger.