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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Jon Skovron

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Jon Skovron 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 4:30 pm: If I Ran the Studio (Ends at: 5:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Jim Freund (M), Max Gladstone, Jon Skovron, Genevieve Valentine, Fran Wilde
What books and stories would you adapt to film? Live action or animated? Why do film studios insist on optioning novels when short form fiction is really the ideal length for being adapted to film?
Friday 8:00 pm: No Means No (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Natalie Luhrs, Emmie Mears, Jon Skovron, Jean Marie Ward (M)
There is a great disturbance in science fiction and fantasy. As fans and writers you have the right to expect respect.
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Annette Klause, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
Last year's meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!

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Friday 11:00 pm: Why Do We Like Being Scared? (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Holly Black, Scott Edelman, Annette Klause, Dina Leacock (M), Jon Skovron
Fear probably developed as a survival mechanism. We fear things that might hurt us. Yet many read horror, go to slasher films, ride roller coasters, and climb cliffs. Why? What does this say about us and our psyches?
Saturday 10:00 am: Doctor Who at 50 and Beyond (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon A
Panelists: Doc Coleman, Victoria Janssen (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, Sherin Nicole, Jon Skovron
Name of the Doctor, Night of the Doctor, Day of the Doctor, Time of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time - Did the 50th Anniversary live up to the hoopla? And going forward what are our expectations for Peter Capaldi? Will there be an episode simply entitled "Of The Doctor?" Is it time for Steven Moffat to step down as show runner?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Reading (Skovron) (Ends at: 3:25 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Jon Skovron
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 10:00 am: Writing Realistic Teen and Child Characters (Ends at: 10:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Holly Black (M), Annette Klause, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jon Skovron
Unlike in television and movies, there are no work rules and laws that result in teen characters in written fiction being played by twenty somethings, so how best to make sure that your characters actually act like teenagers and children? What age do you want your non-adult protagonist to be? Does the plot dictate the age of the character? Mindy Klasky has said that she made the protagonist of her Glasswright series older than she originally intended because she didn't think a younger child would be able to survive and cope with the events of the novels.
Sunday 1:00 pm: Why So Many YA Dystopias? (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Greenberger, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron (M)
From The Giver to the Hunger Games why are so many YA novels presenting a bleak future to our young people? And why do young adults like these books so much?
Sunday 2:00 pm: Young, Adult or Both? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black (M), Annette Klause, Will McIntosh, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
How does a YA differ from a children's book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?

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