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Semi-Final Program Grid for Michael A. Ventrella

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Michael A. Ventrella 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 4:00 pm: So You Want To Be A Writer? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts, Michael Dirda, Laura Anne Gilman, Alma Katsu, Dina Leacock, Bud Sparhawk, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
We did it before and we'll do it again! Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't) Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Friday 5:00 pm: Saturday Morning Cartoons (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts, E.C. Myers, Sherin Nicole, Steve Stiles, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Once we could only watch cartoons on Saturday morning, now they get entire channels. What are the best sf/fantasy cartoons ever? What did you learn from them? How have cartoons influenced other media and even reality?
Friday 6:00 pm: Buy My Book (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine, Jennifer Barnes, John Edward Lawson, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Self promotion and you. Nervous about talking about your books and stories? There are some things you should do and avoid when talking about your writing.
Saturday 9:30 am: Reading: Michael Ventrella (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella
Saturday 10:00 am: Moving Beyond the Small Press (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine (M), Ron Garner, Lawrence M. Schoen, Michael A. Ventrella
A look at how small presses in the age of the eReaders - where anyone can be a publisher - have their limits, and what to do when you've hit them. There is also the additional pressure of performing on a higher level. Listen to panelists describe what to do when you have plateaued with your own independent publisher, and what lies ahead if or when you step up to corporate publishers.
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 12:00 am: Eye of Aragon (Ends at: 12:55 am)
Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Our panelists read the worst fantasy story ever written, mistakes and all, and if they laugh or read it incorrectly, they are forced to act out the story. Just try not to fall over laughing!
Sunday 9:00 am: Not Another Lawyer Joke (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Jim Stratton, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
So we all know lawyers just make the stuff up as they go along. Or is that just the ones in fiction? How does fiction and popular media portray the law and lawyers? What do they do right and wrong? What about all those Law and Order shows?

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