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Preliminary Program Grid for Ron Garner

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Ron Garner 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.

Saturday 12:00 pm: Writing the Military Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Seneca
Coordinators:Ron Garner, Janine Spendlove
Science fiction and fantasy stories have the ability to transport readers to new worlds and immerse them in new experiences. Losing themselves in the flow of the story, readers become something outside of, something more than, themselves, if only for a little bit of time. But this trance can be broken when the author has not paid attention to the all-important details. This is as true of military engagements in science fiction and fantasy as it is of any other element...perhaps even more so. In order to suspend belief enough to buy into the story, the reader needs to feel like the rules within the universe the author is creating, and the general rules of existence the reader already knows to be true, are consistent. Join U.S. Marine officers and writers Ronald T. Garner and Janine K. Spendlove as they discuss methods for incorporating military actions into science fiction and fantasy in a way that will help readers fully engage in your story. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 2:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Alex Shvartsman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowd funding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 3:00 pm: I Hate His/Her Politics, But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Ron Garner, Natalie Luhrs, Shahid Mahmud, K.M. Szpara (M)
Should a personal evaluation of an author be separated from how you view his/her politics? Many people refused to see the movie Enders Game because of Orson Scott Cards statements on homosexuality and other writers charge that political views influence award nominations and who is picked for con programming. Is this true and if so, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Anthology Builder (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer
So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn't? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?

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