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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Sarah Pinsker

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Sarah Pinsker 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.

Saturday 10:00 am: Alternative Sexualities in SF/F (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Meg Frank, Emmie Mears (M), Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise
How well are alternative sexualities (or sexuality of any kind) portrayed in science fiction and fantasy?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Best Short Fiction of 2014 (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Sarah Pinsker (M), Norm Sherman, Sean Wallace, A.C. Wise
Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites? Which do you think deserve to be nominated for the Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy etc? Which short fiction pieces deserve to be nominated but won't and why not?
Saturday 4:30 pm: Reading (Pinsker) (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Sarah Pinsker
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 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 11:00 am: Writing on the Job (Ends at: 11:55 am) Frederick
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Barbara Krasnoff, Sarah Pinsker, Genevieve Valentine
Is it better for a writer to have a non-writing job to save his/her writing energies for fiction or to use writing skills to make a nonfiction living on the idea that any writing improves fiction writing? And when should you quit your day job? Hear writers discuss the relationship between their day job and their writing
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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