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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Benjamin Rosenbaum

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Benjamin Rosenbaum 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 10:00 pm: Flash Fiction - Writing for the Short Attention Span Generation (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Larry Hodges (M), Alan Loewen, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Ian Randal Strock
Markets are opening up everywhere for stories of 500 to 1,000 words or less and with the advent of Twitter and Facebook, there are markets for stories just a few sentences in length. In this panel we will discuss the markets, the writing techniques, the agony and the ecstasy and the future of writing the super-short story.
Saturday 12:30 pm: Reading (Rosenbaum) (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Saturday 6:00 pm: Creating Religions for your Secondary World Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, Max Gladstone, James Morrow, Benjamin Rosenbaum
When creating religions for your fantasy or SF world do you attempt to invent one whole cloth or do you take elements of real world religions, When using real world religions, how much do you take from existing religions and how do you do it in a way that's respectful? When inventing your religion, what sources do you look to for inspiration? For instance, there's a religion in Marie Brennan's The Natural History of Dragons that has clearly taken aspects of Judaism but is not Judaism.
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: Nonbinary Gender in SF/F (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, A.C. Wise (M)
Alex Dally McFarland's post-binary gender series at Tor.com has caused the occasional bit of controversy. However, there is no reason why science fiction and fantasy should have characters that don't conveniently split into male and female, especially when dealing with alien life forms.

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