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Registration (Montgomery Reception)
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 1pm
Dealer's Room (Montgomery Ballroom)
Friday: 4pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 2pm
Con Suite (Darnestown/Gaithersburg)
Friday: 4pm - 1am
Saturday: 9am - 1am
Sunday: 9am - 3pm
Con Ops/Green Room (Room 310)
Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 8pm
Sunday: 8:30am - 3pm

Preliminary Program Grid

This is the Preliminary program schedule. These are the program items we're planning on having. New things may emerge, and any of these may disappear in puff of logic, all without warning. The program will be updated as information changes, but please check for official notifications during the convention.

Grid of Scheduled Events

(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)

2016-10-07 Friday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
4:00 pmAlan Loewen ReadingWriting Effective ReviewsSelf-Publishing: Not a Dirty Word Anymore Plotting Workshop   Author Table Mears
4:30 pmBarbara Krasnoff Reading    Author Table Lowen / Wendland
5:00 pmWalter H. Hunt ReadingWell Worn ClassicsWar in Space Unidentified Funny Objects 5 and Humanity 2.0 Anthologies Launch Party  Author Table Sparhawk
5:30 pmKelly Szpara Reading   Author Table Freedman / Watt-Evans
6:00 pmWhat Ever Happened to the Standalone Novel?Sarah Beth Durst ReadingAlternate History: How to Make it Work     
6:30 pm  Larry Hodges Reading   
7:00 pmSon of SteampunkScience and Fiction in Lewis Carroll's WorksFictionalizing Real PeopleFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Sarah Beth DurstSarah Avery Reading   Author Table Berman-Gorvine
7:30 pmMarilyn "Mattie" Brahen Reading    
8:00 pmWho's the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes?Have We Passed Peak Superhero?An Animal WorldFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Tim PowersPoint of View Workshop WSFA First Friday Meeting  
8:30 pm    
9:00 pmSmall Press: Is It Still a Golden Age?Podcasts and Short FictionTwo worlds: Writing YA Fiction Vs. Writing Adult FictionFast Forward TV Interviews of Andrew Hiller    
9:30 pm    
10:00 pmWhere's My Flying Car?Concert : Randy HoffmanEngineers and Non-Engineers Writing SFFast Forward TV Interview of Jon SkovronMartin Berman-Gorvine Reading    
10:30 pmEmmie Mears Reading    
11:00 pmWhat the Heck Is a Dystopia Anyway?Concert : Maugorn the Stray (Open Filk follows at Midnight)How Graphic Your Novel? Michael A. Ventrella Reading    
11:30 pm Bernie Mojzes Reading    
2016-10-08 Saturday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
9:00 am      Morning Mixer  
9:30 am        
10:00 amDescending Into Darkness - and Back AgainAugmented RealityThe Martian and the RobinsonadeTap That Muse: Where Ideas Come FromSteven H. Wilson Reading  Writing WorkshopAuthor Table Galaini / Shvartsman
10:30 amAnthony Dobranski Reading  Author Table Wilson
11:00 amA Feast of FictionThe Portal StoryLanguage in Fantasy WorldbuildingAlternate & Secret HistoryScott Edelman ReadingSubmitting Your Work to Agents: When, Why and How Author Table Dobranski / Wilsey
11:30 amDoc Coleman Reading Author Table Harmon
12:00 pmDinosaur or DragonWriting and Selling Your StoryEmbracing the MultiversePutting Real Science in Science FictionLawrence M. Schoen Reading Micro Fiction WorkshopAuthor Table Morrow
12:30 pmEdward M. Lerner Reading Author Table Schoen / Hiller
1:00 pmLiterary InspirationsTime to the Power of TimSocial Media Promotion Without Being ObnoxiousHumor in Science Fiction & FantasyBrenda Clough ReadingBook Launch - Sarah Avery Author Table Lerner
1:30 pmAndrew Fox Reading Author Table Smale / Doyle
2:00 pmThe Care and Feeding of Critique GroupsMilitary SF: More Than People With GunsWriting Gadgets WellSarah Beth Durst InterviewA.C. Wise Reading Reading Aloud for Writers WorkshopAuthor Table Fox / Ventrella
2:30 pmJ.J. Smith Reading  
3:00 pmWhen to be StubbornFeathered Dragons, Walking Whales & Terminator PigsBiggest Mistakes Made by Beginning WritersWorld Creation and MaintenanceKate Baker Reading  Short Fiction Contracts 
3:30 pmSarah Pinsker Reading  Author Table Winter / Blottenberger
4:00 pm1632: A Continuing SagaRemembering David HartwellPolitics in Science Fiction & FantasyTim Powers InterviewDustin Blottenberger Reading  Book Design 101Author Table Maxey
4:30 pmBud Sparhawk Reading   
5:00 pmClothing as CharacterThe Hunt for Alien WorldsGlobal Climate Change in SFAsk the AuthorsJack Campbell - John G. Hemry Reading  Author Table Hodges
5:30 pmKaren Wester Newton Reading   
7:30 pm   Mass Autograph Session     
8:00 pm        
8:30 pm   WSFA Small Press Award     
9:00 pm Concert : Steve Biernesser      
9:30 pm       
10:00 pmTechnology from SFTheme Circle: Sex & the Single FanBroad Universe Rapid Fire Reading Ann Chatham ReadingEye of Argon Reading   
10:30 pm William Galaini Reading   
11:00 pmUnused Secret HistoriesOpen FilkThe Care and Feeding of Villains Darrell Schweitzer Reading   
11:30 pm     
2016-10-09 Sunday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
10:00 am They Made Me Hate ThemCthulhu Wants You! For Breakfast!  Jon Skovron Reading   
10:30 am   Leah Cypess Reading   
11:00 amSF about SFAircraft Carriers in Space!Feeding Off Fairy Tales  James Maxey Reading Internet Tools for ReadersAuthor Table Cypess
11:30 am  Alex Shvartsman Reading  
12:00 pmDealing with DiscouragementIt's a Conspiracy!Cats in Fantasy & Science Fiction  Tom Doyle Reading  Author Table Lamplighter
12:30 pm  L. Jagi Lamplighter Reading   
1:00 pmAudiobooks for Good and EvilMarkets for Published StoriesGreat Authors You Aren't Reading  Michelle D. Sonnier Reading   
1:30 pm  Andrew Hiller Reading   
2:00 pmBuildings with PowerThe Power of the SentenceMatching Your Idea with Plot and Character  James Morrow Reading   
2:30 pm  Hildy Silverman Reading   
3:00 pmWhy Does Everyone Love A Good Apocalypse?Beyond Just Dirigibles and DragonsResearch, Research, Research!      
3:30 pm      
4:00 pm  Capclave Debrief      
4:30 pm        

Items are sorted by Category, Date/Time, Room and Event Name

(NOTE: All items are subject to change. Please check back often.)


Friday 4:00 pmFrederickWriting Effective Reviews (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M), Scott Edelman, Michael D. Pederson, Elaine Stiles
What are the characteristics of an effective book or movie review? A discussion of how to make a review that will really draw a reader to the work, or turn them away.
Rockville/ PotomacSelf-Publishing: Not a Dirty Word Anymore (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Jim Freund, Betsy A. Riley, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
There are multiple options for writers these days, giving authors a way to get more books to us. Learn the perils, pitfalls and joys of self-publishing.
Friday 5:00 pmFrederickWell Worn Classics (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Karen†Wester Newton, Lee Strong
Description of Program Some science fiction classics are so steeped in the time they were written, they are painful to read now. In some ways, getting the technology wrong is secondary to getting the sociology wrong, as when sexism and racism rear their now-ugly heads. What classic novels show their age but are still a pleasure to read, and which make us wince?
Rockville/ PotomacWar in Space (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Alan Smale (M), Hugh Taylor, Christopher Weuve
Space battles, rarely realistic in movies or TV, can be presented in detail in a book. Panelists will describe how they see war in space.
Friday 6:00 pmBethesdaWhat Ever Happened to the Standalone Novel? (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Anthony Dobranski, William Freedman, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Darcy Wold
These days it seems like every book is part of a series. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the standalone novel and why has it become so rare? What are good recent standalone novels?
Rockville/ PotomacAlternate History: How to Make it Work (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Martin Berman-Gorvine, Emmie Mears (M), Alan Smale, Michael A. Ventrella
Many novels these days change history slightly -- and fail. What does it take to make a good alternate history plot?
Friday 7:00 pmBethesdaSon of Steampunk (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Elektra Hammond (M), Elaine Stiles, Joan Wendland
Steampunk genre caught on in ways nobody expected, spawning offspring genres (Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Clockpunk, etc.) achieve the same popularity? The panel will discuss these new subgenres, what defines them, and their staying power.
FrederickScience and Fiction in Lewis Carroll's Works (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: August A. Imholtz, Jr. (M)
A presentation of mathematics and logic in Lewis Carroll's Alice books and science in his Sylvie and Bruno books.
Rockville/ PotomacFictionalizing Real People (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Tim Powers, James R. Stratton, Jean Marie Ward (M), Allen L. Wold
When you put a real person in a story, how much do you need to know about that person? What biographical information do you keep or leave out? What are the pro's and con's of writing such a character?
Friday 8:00 pmBethesdaWho's the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes? (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Anthony Dobranski, Hugh Taylor, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Heroes, villains, and moral relativism. Does speculative literature have any concept of Good or Evil anymore?
FrederickHave We Passed Peak Superhero? (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew Fox, Jesse Galena, Sherin Nicole (M), Michael D. Pederson
Have superhero movies become boring through overexposure? How can the genre stay appealing? Who does it better: cable TV or big budget movies?
Rockville/ PotomacAn Animal World (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Alan Loewen (M), Mike McPhail, Bernie Mojzes, Lawrence M. Schoen, Michelle D. Sonnier
Animal protagonists need to be a mix of animal nature and human level intelligence, not just people in animal suits. The panel will discuss the joys and pitfalls of working with these characters.
Friday 9:00 pmBethesdaSmall Press: Is It Still a Golden Age? (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Hildy Silverman (M), Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace, Steven H. Wilson
Where do small presses fit in this brave new world of different publishing sources: panel members will discuss the current state and why small press is still a vital force.
FrederickPodcasts and Short Fiction (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Kate Baker, Jim Freund (M)
A look at podcasting and how it is expanding the market for short fiction. A discussion on the best sites to find short fiction podcasts and how to get a work on a podcast.
Rockville/ PotomacTwo worlds: Writing YA Fiction Vs. Writing Adult Fiction (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Sarah Beth Durst, Jon Skovron (M)
Aside from the issues of language levels, what differences exist between writing young adults works as opposed to ones for adults?
Friday 10:00 pmBethesdaWhere's My Flying Car? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke (M), Andrew Fox, Ian Randal Strock, Christopher Weuve
Which science fiction inventions haven't arrived yet that you wish would hurry up and get here? Which SF future would you most like to see before you die? Which SF future are you most relieved has NOT come to pass?
Rockville/ PotomacEngineers and Non-Engineers Writing SF (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M), Mike McPhail, Joan Wendland, Martin Wilsey
Some scientists and engineers shy away from writing SF because they fear they can't write well. Some liberal arts majors don't attempt SF because they don't think they know enough science. Panelists will give both types some advice to overcome their qualms.
Friday 11:00 pmBethesdaWhat the Heck Is a Dystopia Anyway? (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Martin Berman-Gorvine, K.M. Szpara (M), Martin Wilsey
An exploration of defining a broad genre of speculative literature. This panel explores the various types of dystopias as presented in SF and fantasy.
Rockville/ PotomacHow Graphic Your Novel? (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry (M), Anthony Dobranski, Jesse Galena, Lawrence Watt-Evans
What does graphic sex or violence add to a story? Which books handle their graphic scenes well, and which ones cross the line?
Saturday 10:00 amBethesdaDescending Into Darkness - and Back Again (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, V. Hartman DiSanto (M)
In honor of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign, the panel will explore works of SF/F that deal with characters fighting to hold on to or regain mental balance.
FrederickAugmented Reality (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: T. Eric Bakutis, Kelly Dwyer, William Freedman, Martin Wilsey (M)
Pokomon Go's success came through making fantastic creatures visible in real world settings. How has augmented reality been used in genre fiction and what's next for it both in story and reality?
Rockville/ PotomacThe Martian and the Robinsonade (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Michael Capobianco, Elektra Hammond, James Morrow, Michael D. Pederson (M)
What's so intriguing and enduring about being stranded and alone? The panelists will discuss if there is room left in the reading market for variations on this theme.
Salon ATap That Muse: Where Ideas Come From (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Sarah Beth Durst, Barbara Krasnoff (M), J. J. Smith, Joan Wendland
Non-writers often ask authors about this, as if writers have access to some secret, and limited, stash which they are unwilling to share. The panel will divulge their methods for coming up with story ideas.
Saturday 11:00 amBethesdaA Feast of Fiction (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Dustin Blottenberger, Andrew Hiller (M), Kathryn Morrow, Brigitte Winter
Food has played an important role in many works of fiction including that of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Brian Jacques, and J. K. Rowling. A discussion on the value of food and mealtime in fiction and how it can be used to enrich a story.
FrederickThe Portal Story (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Martin Berman-Gorvine (M), Elektra Hammond, Victoria Janssen, Sarah Pinsker
The portal story, where the protagonist travels to another place, world, or universe, has a long history and is a mainstay in genre literature. Panelists will discuss the best and the worst tales, as well as portal stories that defy the trope yet still stays true to the sub-genre.
Rockville/ PotomacLanguage in Fantasy Worldbuilding (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Emmie Mears, Karen†Wester Newton, Jon Skovron (M)
In secondary world fantasy, do you write dialogue in contemporary speech, or period language? How do you come up with names of people and places? What about slang and colloquialisms?
Salon AAlternate & Secret History (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Walter H. Hunt, Edward M. Lerner, James Morrow (M), Tim Powers
Although alternate and secret history seem related, they are quite different. What are the differences? How do you tell them apart? What factors must you keep in mind when writing in either area?
Saturday 12:00 pmBethesdaDinosaur or Dragon (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Iver Cooper, Thomas Holtz (M), James Maxey, David Sklar
A dinosaur expert will discuss dragons in fiction with authors, looking at the similarities and differences, exploring the theory that dragons were inspired by dinosaurs.
FrederickWriting and Selling Your Story (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Lezli Robyn, Hildy Silverman, David Walton, A.C. Wise (M)
What are the elements that capture a reader's, editor's or publisher's attention? How do you get them to pick up the story, and keep turning the pages?
Rockville/ PotomacEmbracing the Multiverse (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, William Galaini (M), Jesse Galena, Natalie Luhrs, Michelle D. Sonnier
Our world and its history--to say nothing of the many realities of science fiction and fantasy--is diverse beyond any single writer or work. How do we encourage inclusivity in writing and publishing--and create safe, healthy forums for the expression of different perspectives?
Salon APutting Real Science in Science Fiction (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Capobianco, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk (M), Ian Randal Strock
With the recent popularity of books like The Martian where real science is front and center, what are some of the common errors and plausible speculations? And how do you write real science and still make the work a compelling read?
Saturday 1:00 pmBethesdaLiterary Inspirations (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman, J. J. Smith, Lee Strong (M), Joan Wendland
What author's works have influenced, inspired and even just amused the panelists.
FrederickTime to the Power of Tim (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead (M), Tim Powers
A look at how Tim Powers has incorporated scientific elements in his works, discussing the inspiration, use and reality of Tim's use of science.
Rockville/ PotomacSocial Media Promotion Without Being Obnoxious (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Inge Heyer, Natalie Luhrs, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Promoting yourself these days is a requirement for any writer. How can you do so without alienating everyone?
Salon AHumor in Science Fiction & Fantasy (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Doc Coleman (M), William Freedman, Larry Hodges, Alex Shvartsman, Jean Marie Ward
When is it good to have a laugh? An exploration of not only humorous books, but putting humorous elements in a dramatic story.
Saturday 2:00 pmBethesdaThe Care and Feeding of Critique Groups (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Deidre Dykes, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Larry Hodges, Gayle Surrette (M)
Description of Program Participating in a critique group can be a great way to improve your writing. Not all such groups work out well, though. The panel will discuss ways to keep a critique group helpful, vibrant, and long-lived.
FrederickMilitary SF: More Than People With Guns (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), Walter H. Hunt, Bud Sparhawk, Hugh Taylor
The panelists will delve into the many non-military elements that help flesh out military science fiction, discussing the complex nature of this genre.
Rockville/ PotomacWriting Gadgets Well (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff, Edward M. Lerner (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Darcy Wold
How do you work technology into your story without boring the reader? You want to make your "inventions" believable, but how much is too much?
Saturday 3:00 pmBethesdaWhen to be Stubborn (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: T. Eric Bakutis, Kelly A. Harmon, Walter H. Hunt (M), James Maxey, Lezli Robyn
All writers face moments when something they've written is hated by a critique group, a beta reader, or an editor. When should a writer learn from criticism and when stand firm?
Rockville/ PotomacBiggest Mistakes Made by Beginning Writers (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Scott Edelman, Bjorn Hasseler, Hildy Silverman (M)
The panel will discuss both writing and promotional mistakes: How writers have screwed themselves over and killed their chances of making it in the publishing world by doing easily preventable things.
Salon AWorld Creation and Maintenance (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Ann Chatham, Sarah Beth Durst, Victoria Janssen (M), Lawrence M. Schoen
Authors are gods when it comes to world creation. The panelists will discuss not only how they create a world, but also how it can grow, especially if the story is part of a series.
Saturday 4:00 pmBethesda1632: A Continuing Saga (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Bjorn Hasseler, Walter H. Hunt
This long running series is still growing. Panelists will talk about their part in the series and where the stories are going.
FrederickRemembering David Hartwell (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, James Morrow, Kathryn Morrow (M)
A celebration of the life, the passions, and the extraordinary achievements of the editor who influenced science fiction more than anyone since John W. Campbell. He was a not only an editor but also a book dealer, book collector, publisher, superfan, and a friend.
Rockville/ PotomacPolitics in Science Fiction & Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Anthony Dobranski, Larry Hodges, Karen†Wester Newton (M), Ian Randal Strock, David Walton
If you have a civilization, you have politics. A discussion on the types of politics used in science fiction and fantasy, looking at why certain types seem to appear in certain genres.
Saturday 5:00 pmBethesdaClothing as Character (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Ann Chatham, Brenda W. Clough (M), Betsy A. Riley, James R. Stratton
At a crude level you can always use clothing to signal status, occupation, and group affiliation, etc. Is there a larger, subtler characterization to be achieved with clothing in books?
Rockville/ PotomacGlobal Climate Change in SF (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Anthony Dobranski, Thomas Holtz
How well has global climate change been handled in SF? A discussion of what works have gotten it right and which have not.
Salon AAsk the Authors (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Sarah Beth Durst, Edward M. Lerner (M), Sarah Pinsker, Tim Powers, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and many more.
Saturday 10:00 pmBethesdaTechnology from SF (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Kelly Dwyer, Christopher Weuve (M), Darcy Wold
From H.G Wells to Jules Verne to last week, science fiction writers wrote almost prophetically of technology unavailable in their day, which now we take for granted. This panel explores literary technology today available in stores as well as technology we have yet to see.
Rockville/ PotomacBroad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, V. Hartman DiSanto, Kelly A. Harmon, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Listen to the Broad Universe Writers as they reveal their literary gems. Expect some extra members of the Universe to join the fun!
Suite 1209Eye of Argon Reading (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Walter H. Hunt, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
The worst science fiction story ever written gets a reading by our brave panel as they compete to go the longest without tripping over a misspelled word or laughing uncontrollably. Audience members are also encouraged to take a chance. Can you keep a straight face, especially when the panel begins acting out the story?
Saturday 11:00 pmBethesdaUnused Secret Histories (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle, Bjorn Hasseler, James Morrow (M), Jean Marie Ward
Tim Powers' novels frequently use secret histories in which the recorded history does not change but the reasons behind the events are rather different. What historical events would make for a good secret history and what would be your explanation?
Rockville/ PotomacThe Care and Feeding of Villains (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Martin Berman-Gorvine, Bernie Mojzes, James R. Stratton, David Walton (M)
With Fu Manchu, Emperor Ming, Darth Vader, and the Joker, fantasy and SF are filled with villains that are redeemable and unredeemable. For the next hour, explore with authors the role of vIllains both classic and modern as well as their transition from caricature to ones that are human enough to be your next door neighbor (and just might be).
Sunday 10:00 amFrederickThey Made Me Hate Them (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Sarah Avery, Brenda W. Clough (M), Sarah Beth Durst, Kelly Dwyer, Steven H. Wilson
A discussion of characters that are not necessarily villains, but are annoying, trite, or just plain hateful and how they can actually be key to a story.
Rockville/ PotomacCthulhu Wants You! For Breakfast! (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Alan Loewen (M), Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise
Love it or hate it, the Cthulhu Mythos and its related arcs are a literary phenomenon here to stay. Whether it be the Dreamlands, the Carcosa Cycle, the related King in Yellow, as well as other sub-genres, many a writer has cut their teeth on cosmic alienation and horror. Discuss the best and the worst of the lot as well as its future.
Sunday 11:00 amBethesdaSF about SF (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Andrew Fox (M), Jim Freund, Darrell Schweitzer
Writing about science fiction is its in many ways its own subset of the genre. Panelists will discuss works about our literature, looking at the best resources.
Rockville/ PotomacFeeding Off Fairy Tales (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Deidre Dykes, L. Jagi Lamplighter (M), Bernie Mojzes, A.C. Wise
Many authors use fairy tales as an inspiration or even the basis of a new novel. The panelists will discuss why we keep going back to these stories, which ones are the most popular and which ones are ripe for use.
Sunday 12:00 pmBethesdaDealing with Discouragement (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, William Galaini, Rahul Kanakia, Barbara Krasnoff (M), James Maxey
The story you're sure is good is rejected. Your carefully crafted novel is shrugged off by several different agents. This discussion will cover personal strategies to deal with disappointments, rejection, and other setbacks.
FrederickIt's a Conspiracy! (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: T. Eric Bakutis, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Michael A. Ventrella, Joan Wendland (M)
Why are we so willing to believe that everyone is out to get us? How does this appeal to us in books and movies, even if we don't believe them?
Rockville/ PotomacCats in Fantasy & Science Fiction (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Elektra Hammond (M), Kelly A. Harmon, Alex Shvartsman, Michelle D. Sonnier
From CJ Cherryh's Chanur series to Alex Shvartsman's cat aliens who *almost* take over our planet, cats and cat-based alien species are here to stay. Why are they so popular?
Sunday 1:00 pmBethesdaAudiobooks for Good and Evil (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Kate Baker, Tom Doyle, Jim Freund, Steven H. Wilson (M)
Discussion of the joys and heartaches of having a book transformed into an audiobook from the author's point of view.
FrederickMarkets for Published Stories (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Leah Cypess (M), Caryn Liz Fauerbach, Alex Shvartsman, David Sklar
So your story has been published - what else can you do with it? Reprints, audio rights, and foreign markets for short stories
Rockville/ PotomacGreat Authors You Aren't Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Elaine Stiles, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The panel will discuss authors who are overlooked today, such as Cordwainer Smith, Leigh Brackett and Clark Ashton Smith. Find out about hidden treasures just waiting your exploration!
Sunday 2:00 pmBethesdaBuildings with Power (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Andrew Hiller, Kathryn Morrow
Libraries, museums, archives, bookstores .. all these have been used as places of power and mystery in literature. With our changing society, does this trope still hold true or are there new centers of energy?
FrederickThe Power of the Sentence (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Dustin Blottenberger, Emmie Mears, K.M. Szpara (M), Brigitte Winter
What are the best opening, closing and stand alone sentences in SF and fantasy? What makes a good sentence attractive and appreciated?
Rockville/ PotomacMatching Your Idea with Plot and Character (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Leah Cypess (M), Sarah Beth Durst, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Allen L. Wold
You have a great idea, but that is just the start. The panelist will discuss taking that seed and nourishing it with plot and character construction.
Sunday 3:00 pmBethesdaWhy Does Everyone Love A Good Apocalypse? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Sarah Avery (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, James Morrow, K.M. Szpara
The genre that will not die. What makes apocalyptic stories so popular? What do they represent to the cultural mindset of today's world?
FrederickBeyond Just Dirigibles and Dragons (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Doc Coleman, William Galaini, Emmie Mears, Betsy A. Riley (M)
Characters need to get from A to B. There are many magical spells and creatures to help them get there. Panelists discuss these alternate means of transportation.
Rockville/ PotomacResearch, Research, Research! (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Leah Cypess, Tim Powers, Alan Smale (M)
Panelists will discuss why research is important, even in a fantasy world under their complete control.
Sunday 4:00 pmRockville/ PotomacCapclave Debrief (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Tell the Capclave chairs what you liked about this Capclave and what should be changed for the next one


Friday 4:00 pmSenecaPlotting Workshop (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Coordinator: Allen L. Wold (M)
What makes a story a story? How do you construct a viable plot from a bare (naked) idea? We'll start at the beginning, and by the end, you should have everything you need to know to plot your story. Limited to 25 participants: no late arrivals. Duration: 2 hours
Friday 8:00 pmSenecaPoint of View Workshop (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Coordinator: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M)
Many people think of POV as just a choice between first and third, and then omniscient, limited omniscient, or limited--or other similarly confusing terminology. But POV is really far more complex than that. Coming to a clearer understanding of the very wide array of options available to you will help you write more effective, more powerful fiction, and will help you avoid the POV violations that are common in fiction. Join us! Chocolate will be provided.

Limited to 15 people

Saturday 10:00 amBoardroomWriting Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Coordinator: Andrew Fox, Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 11:00 amSuite 1209Submitting Your Work to Agents: When, Why and How (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Coordinator: Caryn Liz Fauerbach (M)
A lot of queries to literary agencies get immediately rejected based on several factors that beginning authors often make. The doís and doníts of submitting, and why you need an agent if you are going the traditional publishing route. Everyone WANTS to find the next big unknown, but if you donít follow the proper protocol, your work will get passed over and ignored. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 12:00 pmBoardroomMicro Fiction Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Coordinator: Dustin Blottenberger, Deidre Dykes (M), Brigitte Winter
Micro Fiction, a subset of flash fiction, are stories of 300 words or less. Learn how these word count restrictions force writers to boil stories down to their most powerful core elements. You will create micro fiction pieces through a series of exercises, learn about exciting markets for tiny stories and discuss how micro fiction can be a useful tool for deepening your writing skills. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 2:00 pmBoardroomReading Aloud for Writers Workshop (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Coordinator: Jim Freund (M)
Jim Freund, host of the long-running "Hour of the Wolf" broadcast radio program as well as Lightspeed Magazine's podcast, provides practical advice and feedback on how to read your work aloud - whether for a podcast, radio audience, audiobook, or in front of a live audience. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 3:00 pmBoardroomShort Fiction Contracts (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Coordinator: Michael Capobianco (M), Neil Clarke
Workshop on understanding publishing contracts both for short fiction, what to look out for, what to negotiate. Limited to 10 people
Saturday 4:00 pmBoardroomBook Design 101 (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Coordinator: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Are you an aspiring publisher? Or perhaps an author considering going it on your own? This Q&A;workshop, run by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, will get you started on what you need to know to design and produce books in both print and ebook that can stand up beneath industry scrutiny. We will cover the basic elements of design and review examples of titles that both meet and fall short of the industry benchmark. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own books for a brief review and recommendation session at the end of the workshop.

Limited to 15 people

Sunday 11:00 amBoardroomInternet Tools for Readers (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Coordinator: Colleen Cahill, Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette
Readers have even more tools on the Internet to find, read, listen and organize their books. Join this panel as we show you some hidden gems!


Friday 4:00 pmBethesdaAlan Loewen Reading (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Alan Loewen
Friday 4:30 pmBethesdaBarbara Krasnoff Reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Barbara Krasnoff
Friday 5:00 pmBethesdaWalter H. Hunt Reading (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Walter H. Hunt
Friday 5:30 pmBethesdaKelly Szpara Reading (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: K.M. Szpara
Friday 6:00 pmFrederickSarah Beth Durst Reading (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Friday 6:30 pmSenecaLarry Hodges Reading (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: Larry Hodges
Friday 7:00 pmSenecaSarah Avery Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Sarah Avery
Friday 7:30 pmSenecaMarilyn "Mattie" Brahen Reading (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Author: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Friday 10:00 pmSenecaMartin Berman-Gorvine Reading (Ends at: 10:25 pm)
Author: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Friday 10:30 pmSenecaEmmie Mears Reading (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Author: Emmie Mears
Friday 11:00 pmSenecaMichael A. Ventrella Reading (Ends at: 11:25 pm)
Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Friday 11:30 pmSenecaBernie Mojzes Reading (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Author: Bernie Mojzes
Saturday 10:00 amSenecaSteven H. Wilson Reading (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Author: Steven H. Wilson
Saturday 10:30 amSenecaAnthony Dobranski Reading (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Anthony Dobranski
Saturday 11:00 amSenecaScott Edelman Reading (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Author: Scott Edelman
Saturday 11:30 amSenecaDoc Coleman Reading (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Author: Doc Coleman
Saturday 12:00 pmSenecaLawrence M. Schoen Reading (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 12:30 pmSenecaEdward M. Lerner Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Edward M. Lerner
Saturday 1:00 pmSenecaBrenda Clough Reading (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Author: Brenda W. Clough
Saturday 1:30 pmSenecaAndrew Fox Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Andrew Fox
Saturday 2:00 pmSenecaA.C. Wise Reading (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Author: A.C. Wise
Saturday 2:30 pmSenecaJ.J. Smith Reading (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: J. J. Smith
Saturday 3:00 pmSenecaKate Baker Reading (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Author: Kate Baker
Saturday 3:30 pmSenecaSarah Pinsker Reading (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Author: Sarah Pinsker
Saturday 4:00 pmSenecaDustin Blottenberger Reading (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Dustin Blottenberger
Saturday 4:30 pmSenecaBud Sparhawk Reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Bud Sparhawk
Saturday 5:00 pmSenecaJack Campbell - John G. Hemry Reading (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry
Saturday 5:30 pmSenecaKaren Wester Newton Reading (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Karen†Wester Newton
Saturday 10:00 pmSenecaAnn Chatham Reading (Ends at: 10:25 pm)
Author: Ann Chatham
Saturday 10:30 pmSenecaWilliam Galaini Reading (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Author: William Galaini
Saturday 11:00 pmSenecaDarrell Schweitzer Reading (Ends at: 11:25 pm)
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
Sunday 10:00 amSuite 1209Jon Skovron Reading (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Author: Jon Skovron
Sunday 10:30 amSuite 1209Leah Cypess Reading (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Leah Cypess
Sunday 11:00 amSuite 1209James Maxey Reading (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Author: James Maxey
Sunday 11:30 amSuite 1209Alex Shvartsman Reading (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Author: Alex Shvartsman
Sunday 12:00 pmSuite 1209Tom Doyle Reading (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: Tom Doyle
Sunday 12:30 pmSuite 1209L. Jagi Lamplighter Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: L. Jagi Lamplighter
Sunday 1:00 pmSuite 1209Michelle D. Sonnier Reading (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Author: Michelle D. Sonnier
Sunday 1:30 pmSuite 1209Andrew Hiller Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Andrew Hiller
Sunday 2:00 pmSuite 1209James Morrow Reading (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Author: James Morrow
Sunday 2:30 pmSuite 1209Hildy Silverman Reading (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: Hildy Silverman

Author's Tables

Friday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Mears (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Emmie Mears
Friday 4:30 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Lowen / Wendland (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Authors: Alan Loewen, Joan Wendland
Friday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Sparhawk (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Bud Sparhawk
Friday 5:30 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Freedman / Watt-Evans (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Authors: William Freedman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Friday 7:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Berman-Gorvine (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Saturday 10:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Galaini / Shvartsman (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Authors: William Galaini, Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 10:30 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Wilson (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Steven H. Wilson
Saturday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Dobranski / Wilsey (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Authors: Anthony Dobranski, Martin Wilsey
Saturday 11:30 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Harmon (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Author: Kelly A. Harmon
Saturday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Morrow (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: James Morrow
Saturday 12:30 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Schoen / Hiller (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Authors: Andrew Hiller, Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Lerner (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Aurhor: Edward M. Lerner
Saturday 1:30 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Smale / Doyle (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Authors: Tom Doyle, Alan Smale
Saturday 2:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Fox / Ventrella (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Authors: Andrew Fox, Michael A. Ventrella
Saturday 3:30 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Winter / Blottenberger (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Dustin Blottenberger, Brigitte Winter
Saturday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Maxey (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: James Maxey
Saturday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Hodges (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Larry Hodges
Sunday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Cypess (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Author: Leah Cypess
Sunday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Lamplighter (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: L. Jagi Lamplighter


Saturday 3:00 pmFrederickFeathered Dragons, Walking Whales & Terminator Pigs (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Presenter: Thomas Holtz (M)
We need not look to fictional alien worlds to find bizarre and wonderful animals. The diversity of ancient vertebrate life goes beyond the disparate forms we see in todayís wilderness. A survey of some of the stranger (from our modern perspective) inhabitants of Earthís past.
Saturday 5:00 pmFrederickThe Hunt for Alien Worlds (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Presenter: Inge Heyer (M)
With new and more sensitive technology it has finally become possibly to search for planets around other stars. Since the age of science fiction people have imagined what other worlds might look like, now we can at least infer some of their characteristics. We will go on a journey, both fanciful and very real, to see what we have found in our search for alien worlds. We will compare some of our findings with worlds we've seen in Star Trek.
Sunday 11:00 amFrederickAircraft Carriers in Space! (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Presenter: Christopher Weuve (M)
Aircraft carriers are cool. Aircraft carriers in space are even more cool -- even if they might not make sense. This talk explores aircraft carriers in reality and science fiction.


Friday 10:00 pmFrederickConcert : Randy Hoffman (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Musician: Randy Hoffman
Friday 11:00 pmFrederickConcert : Maugorn the Stray (Open Filk follows at Midnight) (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Musician: Maugorn the Stray
Saturday 9:00 pmFrederickConcert : Steve Biernesser (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Musician: Steve Biernesser
Saturday 10:00 pmFrederickTheme Circle: Sex & the Single Fan (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Saturday 11:00 pmFrederickOpen Filk (Ends at: 11:55 pm)


Friday 7:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Sarah Beth Durst (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Sarah Beth Durst
Friday 8:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Tim Powers (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Tim Powers
Friday 9:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV Interviews of Andrew Hiller (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Interviewee: Andrew Hiller
Friday 10:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV Interview of Jon Skovron (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Interviewee: Jon Skovron
Saturday 2:00 pmSalon ASarah Beth Durst Interview (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Interviewee and Interviewer: Sarah Beth Durst, Jon Skovron
An interview of Guest of Honor Sarah Beth Durst by Jon Skovron.
Saturday 4:00 pmSalon ATim Powers Interview (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Interviewee and Interviewer: Tim Powers, Mike Zipser (M)

Book Launch

Friday 5:00 pmSuite 1209Unidentified Funny Objects 5 and Humanity 2.0 Anthologies Launch Party (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Hosts: Alex Shvartsman (M)
Saturday 1:00 pmSuite 1209Book Launch - Sarah Avery (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Host: Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery book launch


Friday 8:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgWSFA First Friday Meeting (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
All are welcome to join this brief gathering of the Washington Science Fiction Association, Capclave's parent organization.
Saturday 9:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgMorning Mixer (Ends at: 9:55 am)
New to Capclave? Or new to fandom itself? Or want to learn more about Capclave? Come to our Saturday morning mixer in honor of Brian Lewis and meet others like yourselves as well as the friendly folks that bring Capclave to life.
Saturday 7:30 pmSalon AMass Autograph Session (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Saturday 8:30 pmSalon AWSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Presenter: Steve Stiles
The WSFA Small Press Award winner will be announced. The Guest of Honor Gifts will also be presented.

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