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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Michael A. Ventrella

This is the Preliminary Draft 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) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Dina Leacock (M), Will McIntosh, Michael A. Ventrella, Allen Wold
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 6:00 pm: The Greatest Animated Films (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Jim Freund, Larry Hodges, James Maxey, Sherin Nicole (M), Michael A. Ventrella
A debate over a list of the greatest animated films. Can we agree on a top ten list for the best or will the panel erupt into fisticuffs?
Friday 7:00 pm: War on Science? (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Walter H. Hunt, Sam Scheiner, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Christopher Weuve
Some of America's leaders don't believe in global warming, want creationism taught in schools, and others want to ban human cloning or restrict genetic modified foods. Why this distrust of science? Is it growing? Are political leaders trying to appeal to the ignorant or do they really believe this? And what is the danger to the planet?
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!

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

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.
Saturday 11:00 pm: Eye of Argon (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Walter H. Hunt, Sarah Pinsker, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Jean Marie Ward
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! At some point, volunteers from the audience can participate and discover firsthand the author's contentious relationship with spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Sunday 1:00 pm: Reading (Ventrella) (Ends at: 1:25 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella

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