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Preliminary Program Grid for Brenda W. Clough

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Brenda W. Clough 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: Writing on the Job (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Joshua Palmatier, Lezli Robyn, David Walton
Is it better for a writer to have a non-writing job to save his/her writing energies for fiction or to use writing skills to make a nonfiction living on the idea that any writing improves fiction writing? And when should you quit your day job? Hear writers discuss the relationship between their day job and their writing.
Friday 5:00 pm: So You Want to Be a Writer (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough (M), Scott Edelman, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk
Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't). Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Friday 8:00 pm: Everyone is a Hero in Her Own Story (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Brenda W. Clough (M), Will McIntosh, Michelle D. Sonnier
Engaging characters draw the reader's interest and keep him/her interested in following the story all the way through. So how does the author create three dimensional characters that the reader is interested in? Villains and side characters need to be "3D" as well, not just cardboard cutouts or stereotypical toons. How do you "show" motivations and characteristics of your characters without "telling" via biographical essays each time a new character appears?
Sunday 10:00 am: How to Edit That Lousy First Draft (Ends at: 10:55 am) Frederick
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough, Irette Y. Patterson, Alan Smale (M)
Sometimes a first draft of a story is just not in a state you want to send to an editor or publisher, and yet too promising to simply set aside. What's a good mindset to identify the pieces that can best be salvaged in revision? How can a first draft go from lousy to respectable with the least amount of exertion that could perhaps be spent on other works?

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