Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Patricia Briggs

MisCon 36 Guest of Honor

Patty writes books. You can find a complete list of titles elsewhere. You probably don't really care where she was born [Butte, MT] or what her favorite animal is [horse]. The list of jobs she's held over the years doesn't tell you as much about Patty as it does about which jobs were available at various times in our past. I could fill pages with various facts and tallies that detail the events of her life. Instead, I'd like to tell you a bit about who she is.

Patty was born in Montana, and lived here until she learned to read. Then she lived in many places including Regency England, the land of faerie and interplanetary space - although her parents insist that her body remained peacefully at home.

Books have been her most faithful companions and stalwart friends, with the possible exception of a small number of horses, dogs, and cats. This is reflected in an interior decor which looks vaguely like a bookstore clashed with a tornado.

She attended Montana State University, not far from her hometown. While there, she married her high school sweetheart, had a baby and graduated with honors and two degrees. Having earned degrees in German and History, her career future was as bleak as education could insure, but her skill in Trivial Pursuit became legendary.

Following her aquatic biologist husband, she moved to the TriCity desert shortly before STEAL THE DRAGON came out from Ace in 1995.

While in the Tri-Cities she was introduced to conventions (RadCon 2 being her first). She was delighted with the entire event. Make a point of saying hello, she is one of the most friendly and outgoing people you are likely to meet.

Web site: http://www.hurog.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Go Bump in the Night, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    By the light of day, let's discuss things that go bump in the night. The mysterious. The unknown. Secretive things that lurk in the dark. Why are we fascinated with ghoulies and ghosties and other sneaky denizens of the night? Lets delve into the origins of fables, folk tale, and history to bring to the surface the theory of origins for various troupes and classic stories that have come to make up our modern day mythos of things that lurk just beyond the meniscus of light.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Cosplaimee , Justin Barba, Patricia Briggs, Dragon Dronet, Becky Harouz, Charlaine Harris, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

    Join our GoHs at MisCon 36's Opening Ceremonies and find out what's going on throughout the weekend.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Plot or Character: Which Comes First?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Tod McCoy

    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 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Enchanting Your Reader, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Katie Cross, Michael Hodges, Rafael Hohmann (Raf)

    Learn how to grab your reader's attention and draw them in until they can't put down your story.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Patricia Briggs Book Signing, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Patricia Briggs

    Special GoH Patricia Briggs will sign books. This is a tightly controlled event. You are limited to 3 items signed per trip through the signing line.

  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Necessary Story Elements, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held

    What are the essential elements of a story? How do these elements change between genres, say from epic fantasy to mystery to western to urban fantasy.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Structuring Your Novel, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Manny Frishberg, 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 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Trickster: Scoundrel, or Hero?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Stealing our hearts, and often igniting our anger, the rogues, scoundrels, and tricksters of our stories can be beloved one moment and despised the next.

    How do we define these characters whose motives are as obscured as the lines of morality and social contracts they dance around? Why are we fascinated with these archetypes?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Mon 3:00
  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Cosplaimee , Justin Barba, Patricia Briggs, Dragon Dronet, Becky Harouz, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

    Finish out MisCon 36 in style, and catch a sneak peek at what's in store for you next year at MisCon 37.