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Preliminary Program Grid for A.C. Wise

This is the Preliminary program schedule. A.C. Wise 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 10:00 am: Doctor Who, End of an Era, Beginning of a New One (Ends at: 10:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Victoria Janssen, Vanessa Phin (M), Hildy Silverman, A.C. Wise
Moffatt's era ends and Chibnall's era begins. What did we think of the Capaldi era and Clara and Bill as companions? What do we want from Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor? What are our hopes for Chibnall as showrunner? Moffatt era vs. Davies era?
Saturday 11:00 am: Reimagining Fairy Tales (Ends at: 11:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Margaret Ronald, Jon Skovron, Michelle D. Sonnier, A.C. Wise (M)
Who doesn't love a fairy tale retelling? Part of the universal appeal of fairy tales is that they were never a static form, at least not as an oral tradition. Re-tellers have used these archetypes and modes to spin new variations ever since these stories first came to the page. Angela Carter once said that "Ours is a highly individualized culture, with a great faith in the work of art as a unique one-off.... But fairy tales are not like that, and nor are their makers." We can find fresh insight into our own lives and connections through these age old tales. This panel will focus on a variety of approaches in reconstructing fairy tales with a modern bent, both in their favorite respins and in their own work.
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.
Saturday 10:30 pm: Superheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Joshua Palmatier, A.C. Wise
What goes into creating strong, compelling female characters in fantasy worlds? Speculative fiction authors discuss how to approach elements such as world-building, magic, special powers, and plot when crafting a multi-dimensional character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of the "Mary Sue."
Sunday 12:30 pm: A.C. Wise Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Frederick
Author:A.C. Wise
Sunday 2:00 pm: Why Do We Like Being Scared? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Dina Leacock, Scott Roberts, Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise
Fear probably developed as a survival mechanism. We fear things that might hurt us. Yet many read horror, go to slasher films, ride roller coasters, and climb cliffs. Why? What does this say about us and our psyches?

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