Preliminary Program Grid for Alma Katsu
This is the Preliminary program schedule. Alma Katsu 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 12:00 pm: Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Salon A|
Panelists:Victoria Janssen, Alma Katsu, Dina Leacock (M), Sherin Nicole
Much, if not most, of urban fantasy are either mysteries with magic, romance with a paranormal, or combination of the two. Has paranormal romance completely taken over the urban fantasy subgenre? What effects has the rise of paranormal romance had on the fantasy field? Is this limiting the field? Is the subgenre in danger of becoming a self-parody? What authors and works should people be reading?
|Saturday 2:00 pm: The Epic Blockbuster (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Bethesda|
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Alma Katsu, Dina Leacock (M), Michael A. Ventrella
In the 1950s and 60s, 200 page novels were common (and told a complete story). Today my bookshelf is groaning under Weeks (800 pages) and Sanderson (1000), and these doorstoppers are only part of a series. What changed? Do readers prefer long books and longer series? Are authors using these longer page counts to tell a deeper story with multiple points of view and better characterization? Or is much of this padding and a lack of editing? What books are worth the extra page count?
|Saturday 5:00 pm: Writers on Writing Style (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Bethesda|
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough, Walter H. Hunt (M), Alma Katsu, Bud Sparhawk
How do writers develop and refine their style? What makes one writer more literary than another? How can they improve? Did you deliberately work on your style or did it emerge naturally from experience? What sf/fantasy writers have the best style and what did they do to develop it?
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