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Preliminary Program Grid for Alex Shvartsman

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Alex Shvartsman 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: Alex Shvartsman Signing (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Author:Alex Shvartsman
Friday 6:00 pm: Care and Feeding of Writers Groups and Critique Circles (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Seneca
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Larry Hodges, Dina Leacock, Irette Y. Patterson, Alex Shvartsman
What are Writers Groups and Critique Circles and how do they help or hinder writers? What are some of your own experiences with writer groups? Please share the good, the bad, and the interesting.
Friday 7:00 pm: The WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Ken Liu, Margaret Ronald, Alex Shvartsman (M), Fran Wilde
Current finalists and past finalists and winners discuss what the awards means to them and the place of short fiction from small presses in the genre.
Saturday 11:00 am: SF/F in Translation From Russia, Eastern/Central Europe and the Baltic (Ends at: 11:55 am) Frederick
Panelists:James Morrow, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick (M)
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: Lezli Robyn/ Alex Shvartsman/ David Walton Book Launch (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Suite 1209
Authors:Lezli Robyn, Alex Shvartsman, David Walton
Saturday 6:00 pm: Writing for Anthologies (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:M'Shai Dash, Larry Hodges (M), Alex Shvartsman, Hildy Silverman, A.C. Wise
Anthologies are an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work out to new readers. Where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, tips on catching the editor's eye (in a good way), and a what-not-to-do list are some of the things to be addressed.
Sunday 10:00 am: SF/F In Translation (Ends at: 10:55 am) Suite 1209
Panelists:Jim Freund (M), James Morrow, Kathryn Morrow, Alex Shvartsman
Panelists discuss what makes a good translation. How literal does it need to be? What cultural markers do and do not translate? How does the translator capture the author's voice yet still keep the work comprehensible to an audience that doesn't speak the original language and may not be familiar with the culture in which the author lives/lived.

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