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Preliminary Program Grid for Sarah Avery

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Sarah Avery 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 5:00 pm: Writing in Series (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Catherine Asaro (M), Sarah Avery, Walter H. Hunt, Alastair Reynolds
Sometimes it seems like the majority of new books are volume X in the continuing adventures of... How are writing series books different from writing standalones? What techniques do writers use to keep the pacing going through multiple volumes? How do they solve the problem of reminding readers what happened previously while not repeating too much for the reader going through the whole series at once? How do writers avoid contradicting their previous volumes?
Friday 9:00 pm: The Right Length For Your Story (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews (M), Sarah Avery, Sarah Pinsker, Gordon Van Gelder
A short story is not a condensed novel. How do you know if your idea will require a story, novella, novel, or trilogy? When you edit, what makes you decide if it should be expanded or shortened? Were you ever surprised what a work took a different form? Which expansions of shorter works into novels work and which do not?
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 3:00 pm: Creating Your Setting (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Kimberly G. Hargan (M), Mike McPhail, Lawrence Watt-Evans
It has been said that sf/fantasy is not a type of plot, such as the romance which is about love or mystery about solving a crime, but rather a setting in which anything can happen. How do writers create their settings? What makes some worlds, civilizations, magical kingdoms work while others fail? What novels have the most evocative settings and the best worldbuilding and what can we learn from these?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Reading - Sarah Avery (Ends at: 12:25 pm) Frederick
Author:Sarah Avery

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