Rustycon 34 Scheduled Panel Appearances

1/13/17 – 1/15/17


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Date | Time

Panel Name

Panel Description


  • Friday, January 13th | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Magic or Religion

Priestess, cleric, mage, witch, sorcerer. What are the differences and who should I use in my story?

  • Friday, January 13th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Are You Sure You Want To Go There? Writing about the darker things in life; Rape, torture, childhood trauma, Sex with Dwarves. Sometimes it’s done for a laugh. Sometimes it is done for an emotional response. Sometimes, we ask ourselves “What was THAT all about?!” This will be a panel that goes into the darker side of writing, where the envelope is not only pushed but fed to the shredder. When is “shock” essential to the story, and when is it sensational?

  • Saturday, January 14th | 11:00 am – 12:00pm

Playing with Pacing

Remember that book you couldn’t put down, or that novel you had to slog your way through? We’ll discuss how to pick up the pace or slow it down. Our panelists will reveal their own tips and tricks for drawing in their readers and keeping them.

  • Saturday, January 14th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Humor in Writing? No, Never!

Join several authors as they celebrate the best of bad writing advice, humorous rewrites, copy-editing quirks, and other funny moments in the world of writing. Caveat: Do not follow the advice, but feel free to laugh! (This panel will poke lighthearted fun at itself, the writing industry, and probably whatever else the panelists can think of to make the all-ages attendees laugh.)

  • Saturday, January 14th | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Idea Versus Story

The heart and soul of any book or screenplay is its premise. Whether this is something high concept or more independent-minded, a successful script starts with a really great idea. But a great idea isn’t a story“ a story is the chain of events set in motion by the central disturbance. A well written book or screenplay has a great idea that naturally leads to a compelling story. Too many books and screenplays have a weak premise or don’t exploit the central idea to its fullest. As a result they are unlikely to attract an agent or financing. So how do you assess the strength of your premise even before you start writing? This discussion will explore how to do this from many perspectives by asking some key questions and helping writers process the answers. This process will help you to assess the strength of your overall premise and the resulting story to see if what you have is worth investing your time and energy.

  • Sunday, January 15th |10:00am – 11:00am

Creating Your World

Whether Fantasy, Science Fiction or something in between, how do you create a believable, living and breathing world? Make your environment as much a character as the characters who inhabit it.

  • Sunday, January 15th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Making Bad Look Good

How do you write believable villains without your villains taking over your story? Can you make them evil and still lovable?

  • Sunday, January 15th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Powerful Characters

From warriors to magicians to assassins, power varies depending on the kind of character. The one thing most will agree on is a strong character is an engaging character. Ask pros how they go about creating strong characters that still have room for growth.

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