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Preliminary Program Grid for K.M. Szpara

This is the Preliminary program schedule. K.M. Szpara 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 11:00 pm: Erotic Fiction vs Romance - How Far Can You Go? (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Christie Meierz, Bernie Mojzes, K.M. Szpara (M)
Our panelists discuss what works in writing explicitly-tinged romance and erotic work that doesn't cross over into crassness or smut. What are the benefits of adding an erotic tinge to your story?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Who Are Your Most Inspirational Authors? (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Alastair Reynolds, Darrell Schweitzer (M), K.M. Szpara, Gordon Van Gelder
Our panelists talk about which authors were most influential in bringing them into SF & fantasy, and why. Also which modern authors are most likely to live up to the tradition and inspite a new generation of writers and fans.
Saturday 6:00 pm: Diversity: Fad or Future (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Bill Campbell (M), Natalie Luhrs, Sherin Nicole, K.M. Szpara
There's lots of talk about diversity in sf/fantasy but the overwhelming majority of the best known writers and characters still remain white and usually male as well. Are these calls to diversify just a fad or will writers, publishers, and fans do something to increase diversity? And, if so, what can they do?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Writing Deep Religion (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Bjorn Hesseler, C.S. MacCath (M), K.M. Szpara
We discuss what's involved in developing a religious system for your world that has enough nuance and myth to feel real without alienating or upsetting the audience.

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