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Semi-Final Program Grid for Marianne Mancusi

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Marianne Mancusi may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 5:00 pm: Sequels and Prequels (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), John G. Hemry, Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
How hard can it be? So you want to do Part 2...or 3...or 4...and with the first book done, it's just a matter of moving forward. Right? You have the universe built, your characters developed, and your cultures cultured. So, what's holding you up? As we have seen in both sequels and prequels, sometimes the formula you have worked so hard to succeed the first go-round can miss a step on the second. What are the challenges in a series? Are prequels really needed? And when do you decide to "shake things up" and set your sequel with a new set of characters? Listen to the pros on how they work through the challenges in the universes they create.
Friday 8:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
Come and meet Capclave's YA authors in a casual setting. Current list of Authors: Shirin Dubbin Alethea Kontis E J Lawrence Mari Mancusi E.C. Myers Diana Peterfreund Jon Skovron Janine K Spendlove Brian Shaw Michael Ventrella
Friday 11:00 pm: Pigeonholed! (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Alma Katsu, Marianne Mancusi, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
You just wrote the greatest novel ever, and now all anyone wants you to do is the same story in the same universe. How do you break expectations, do you even want to? How can you avoid writing the same book over and over?
Saturday 11:00 am: Best YA Besides Me (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause (M), Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
Who's hot in YA besides me. There are a huge number of YA titles being released, who are some new go to authors? What types of YA books are hot.
Saturday 7:00 pm: Reading: Diana Peterfreund/Marianne Mancusi (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, Eric Bakutis, Philippa Ballantine, Matt Betts, Matt Bishop, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox, Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Laura Anne Gilman, John G. Hemry, Alma Katsu, Annette Klause, John Edward Lawson, Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Marianne Mancusi, George R.R. Martin, James Maxey, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Michelle D. Sonnier, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Michael Swanwick, Michael A. Ventrella, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker, K. Ceres Wright
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 10:00 am: Communicating with a Middle Grade and/or YA Fan Base (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Jon Skovron (M)
How is communicating with younger readers different from communicating with adults?  Are the differences significant?  How does one's online presence differ  when dealing with younger readers, e.g. what's the best form of social media to use.  Does the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act come into play at all? How does one go about making school appearances?
Sunday 1:00 pm: A Literary History of Dragons (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, Marianne Mancusi, James Maxey (M), Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Dragons have been making appearances in stories for ages. Once they were only monsters. But now they have evolved and are no longer limited to being evil. Dragons are self-aware and often protagonists. From Beowulf to Temeraire: Dragons through the Ages and on the Pages.
Sunday 2:00 pm: Robot Love and Alien Dating? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Marianne Mancusi, Kathryn Morrow
Romance is hot. It sells. How does romance fit into Science Fiction? Or does it? Can the elements of a classic romance work in SF/fantasy? How do writers balance the two elements? Is Science Fiction romance an oxymoron?

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