Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Laramie Dean

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Laramie Dean was born and raised on a ranch in northeastern Montana. He is the author of Black Forest, a novel from Inkshares, as well as several plays from Theatrefolk, including Frankenstein Among the Dead, Dracula, The Gorgon Sisters, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Finding Jo March. Currently Laramie enjoys his dream job as the Theatre Director at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. Follow him on Instagram @bylaramiedean and at www.bylaramiedean.com.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Spotlight: Laramie Dean, Spotlight
    Panelists: Laramie Dean

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

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Readings: Nix, Dean, The Hollow
    Panelists: Laramie Dean, Gwendolyn Nix

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

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Elements of Urban Fantasy, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: D.L. Solum; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Laramie Dean, Deby Fredericks, D.L. Solum

    What exactly classifies a story as being Urban Fantasy? Hidden worlds along humanity? Fairies? Vampires? Does it actually need to be urban? How urban? How has this changed since the genre formed? Where is it headed?

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Dark Forests of Myth and Lore, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: William Parrish; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Laramie Dean, Valerie Guyant, Walter Wiese

    Dark Forests permeate every culture's folklore and mythology. Join us as we take a look at versions and motifs from a global perspective. Lets discuss how writers, artists, and other creatives enter these woods respectfully.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, You're SO Dramatic!, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Laramie Dean, Luke Hutson, Tess Langston, David Yake

    You're do dramatic! (Or Are You? Should You Be? Should You Try? Being theatrical isn't just for actors. It can be a mindset that allows you to express yourself boldly, captivate an audience, and infuse life with drama. You don't need to act like Jack Black to "rizz" things up a bit, but our panelists will share their thoughts on this.

  • 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.