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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Lawrence Watt-Evans

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Lawrence Watt-Evans 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 3:30 pm: "Holy Shuftik!" he cried. (Ends at: 4:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tom Doyle (M), Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What's the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story?
Friday 7:00 pm: Dressed for Success (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: L. Jagi Lamplighter, Diana Peterfreund (M), Alan Smale, Genevieve Valentine, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How detailed should your clothing descriptions be in your story? How well thought out does fashion need to be in your secondary world? Does the clothing have anything to do with the character? Does it describe them or allow them to certain things. Do the readers care or notice?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 3:00 pm: Rules? Rules? There are no Rules! (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Walter H. Hunt (M), Alma Katsu, James Morrow, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lawrence Watt-Evans
When writing fiction, if it works, it works. Our panel debates whether authors need to know "rules" that they can then break if they are good enough, or if this only constrains creativity.
Saturday 5:00 pm: Zenna Henderson (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Andy Duncan, Mark Olson, Priscilla Olson, Lawrence Watt-Evans
During her lifetime, Zenna Henderson was best known for her People stories, which were compiled into a very nice edition several years ago by NESFA Press. However, Henderson wrote a considerable number of stories other than those about the People. Her style of almost pastoral SF is no longer in vogue. Panelists will discuss Henderson's fiction and her influence, if any, on the genre.
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 2:00 pm: Author Table Watt-Evans (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Panelists: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Sunday 4:00 pm: Why Does My Protagonist Look Like Julie Bell? (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Ron Garner, Will McIntosh (M), Sunny Moraine, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How do books get their covers? What are the best and worst cover illustrations you've ever had? Issues such as whitewashing of protagonists of color.

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