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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Holly Black

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Holly Black 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 5:30 pm: Abusing Authors (Ends at: 6:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Walter H. Hunt (M), Annette Klause, Will McIntosh, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes many non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and so on.
Friday 8:00 pm: Fast Forward TV interview with Guest of Honor Holly Black (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Holly Black
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 11:00 am: The Taxinomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Holly Black, Tom Doyle (M), Max Gladstone, Annette Klause, Darrell Schweitzer
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, etc. How many types of fantasy are there? Readers' tastes evolve over time. Which types of fantasy are currently the most popular, which are becoming less popular, where is fantasy headed and why?
Saturday 12:00 pm: Holly Will Fix It (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Holly Black
Guest of Honor Holly Black will offer solutions to whatever's wrong with your work in progress. Brings your draft stories and novels and Ask Holly how to fix the bits you don't feel are working.
Saturday 3:00 pm: Interview with Guest of Honor Holly Black (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund (M)
Saturday 5:00 pm: Reading (Holly Black) (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Holly Black
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 11:00 am: Kaffeeklatsch with Holly Black (Ends at: 11:55 am) Kaffeeklatsch Area
Panelists: Holly Black
Sunday 12:00 pm: Can A Small Town Elf Make it in the Big City? (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Holly Black (M), Jim Freund, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Emmie Mears, Jean Marie Ward
It's an Urban Fantasy panel. Favorite authors, current trends, what's the next supernatural creature to hit it big now that vampires, zombies and angels have all had a turn in the spotlight?
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?
Sunday 4:00 pm: The Darker Side of Fae (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Holly Black, Pamela K. Kinney, Janine Spendlove, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Not everyone can be Tinkerbell (who wasn't all sweetness and light), sometimes the world is a little less clean and pure. Both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts are best avoided if at all possible.

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