Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Gwendolyn Nix

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Gwendolyn N. Nix is the author of the Celestial Scripts trilogy, Sharks of the Wasteland, I Have Asked To Be Where No Storms Come, and the forthcoming Bone Knuckles and the Rose Scavenger. She is an editor with Aconyte Books and lives in Montana. Find her musing at gwendolynnix.com

Gwendolyn N. Nix is the author of the Celestial Scripts trilogy, Sharks of the Wasteland, I Have Asked To Be Where No Storms Come, and the forthcoming Bone Knuckles and the Rose Scavenger. She is an editor with Aconyte Books and lives in Montana. Find her musing at gwendolynnix.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.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, The Writing Process, Monster Tent (2)
    Panelists: Thomas Gondolfi, Michael Hodges, Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, Dave Smeds

    Let's discuss the writing process. It's different for everyone . . . isn't it? Doesn't everyone get up at 6am, shower, and get right to work? Or are we all night owls who fit in words after everyone else goes to bed? Our panelists will discuss what works for them and what doesn't.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - 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 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Magic Systems in Fiction, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Kevin Kauffmann, Tess Langston, Gwendolyn Nix, Dean Wells

    What is the role of magic in storytelling--a simple wave of the hand, or something deeply ingrained in the plot? Join the discussion as we dive into magic systems, their elements, the many forms they take, and what the cultural ramifications might be in worlds where magic is real.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Appreciation vs. Appropriation, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Lynsey Griswold, Gwendolyn Nix

    Our own voices deserve to be heard, and people, especially underrepresented people should get to tell their own stories. But does that mean we can only write about characters that look like us and have the same background? Taken to a logical extreme, can men ever write authentic female characters? Where are the lines when it comes to "writing the other?" When does the folk process become cultural theft or exploitation?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Spotlight: Kolva, Nix, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Sanan Kolva, Gwendolyn Nix

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

  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Character Limitations & Creativity, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Walter Wiese; Panelists: Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, Walter Wiese

    Constraints can foster creativity. Our panelists will discuss interesting limitations they've placed on their characters that resulted in good stories, as well as examples of limitations in other works.
    (Note that we're not talking about character disability here, which would fit into this topic but is a narrower and more-fraught concern.)

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Vampires & Werewolves: Overplayed or Eternal?, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: D.L. Solum; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, D.L. Solum

    Vampires and werewolves turn up in stories everywhere in many versions. Are they overplayed? Even if they are, they seem eternal. Let's discuss this!