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Preliminary Program Grid for Lawrence Watt-Evans

This is the Preliminary 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 4:00 pm: Alternatives to the High Fantasy Epic (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Andrew Fox, Kimberly G. Hargan, Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
The high fantasy epic involves kings, wizards, and the fate of the world, or at least kingdom. What other types of fantasy are there? What do they do differently and how does this provide a different reading experience? What about works of high fantasy that distort the formula?
Friday 6:00 pm: Ask Authors Anything (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
Authors answer questions from the audience. Anything goes.
Saturday 12:00 pm: SF On Television (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Inge Heyer, Perrianne Lurie (M), Elaine Stiles, Lawrence Watt-Evans
There's lots of sf and fantasy on television these days. What should we be watching and what older shows have outlived their prime? Does cable, Internet, or broadcast have the best shows?
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?
Saturday 7:00 pm: Big Authors & Small Press (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Many big names in sf/fantasy are being published by small presses, sometimes even with new books. Why are authors making this choice? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Are there certain types of works that do better at a small press even when written by a known name?

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