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Preliminary Program Grid for Dina Leacock

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Dina Leacock 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: Getting Into Short Fiction (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jim Freund (M), Dina Leacock, Sarah Pinsker, Gordon Van Gelder
What are some of the best resources for someone who wants to start reading shorter fiction? What are good habits to adopt, and expectations to foster?
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 11:00 pm: Read While Hiding Under Your Bed (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Dina Leacock (M), Bernie Mojzes
Why do people read scary stories? What makes horror so popular? What is the difference between horror and dark fantasy?

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