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Semi-Final Program Grid for Matt Betts

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Matt Betts 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 7:00 pm: Are Prose Superheroes Still Novel? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Matt Betts, Andrew Fox, James Maxey (M), Sherin Nicole
Although more frequent now, why are there so few costumed superheroes in prose? Do fancy costumes just work better in visual media? Or does urban fantasy featuring people with paranormal abilities satisfy the need?
Friday 11:00 pm: Strange Adventures -- The Sub-genres of Science Fiction Action Adventure (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell, Matt Betts (M), Heidi Ruby Miller, K. Ceres Wright
People like when things happen. Since Jules Verne sent people to the moon there has been adventures in science fiction. Panelists describe the various forms of classic and modern science fiction adventure. Are these novels just plot or can talented authors tell an exciting story with good characters and strong prose?
Saturday 6:00 pm: Reading: Matt Betts (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts
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 9:00 am: Author's Table Sunday 9 (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Matt Betts
Sunday 11:00 am: Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Matt Betts, Annette Klause (M), Elaine Stiles
What movies and TV have stayed true to their source material and which didn't and is that good or bad? Since movies have different strengths than books is a faithful adaptation going to give you a good movie? Is it the idea or the story that makes it work? For instance, the Walking Dead doesn't have everything the comic book did, but is very popular.

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