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Preliminary Program Grid for Sarah Avery

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Sarah Avery 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: Rituals for Creativity (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Will McIntosh (M), Irette Y. Patterson, Jon Skovron
How do you prepare to write each day? Do you have a special space or time of day? Do you need to have a particular snack nearby or listen to just the right music? Authors share their rituals from the ordinary to the strange that help them create the right atmosphere to write.
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: Toward A More Diverse Genre (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Craig L. Gidney, Vanessa Phin (M), Michelle D. Sonnier, K.M. Szpara
How do authors portray persons of color, the disabled, and gender in their stories? Science fiction and fantasy have come a long way and have often been at the forefront of these issues and sometimes not. What more needs to be done? What's the next step in portraying a more diverse universe?
Friday 9:00 pm: Handling Rejection (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Sarah Avery (M), Kate Baker, Barbara Krasnoff
You put your heart and soul into that book or story and the rejection letters are pouring in. Where do you go from there? Panelists discuss how they handle rejection.
Saturday 12:00 pm: Sarah Avery/David Keener Signing (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Authors:Sarah Avery, David Keener
Saturday 4:30 pm: Sarah Avery Reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Author:Sarah Avery
Sunday 10:00 am: Abusing Authors (Ends at: 10:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Scott Edelman, Will McIntosh (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella
Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes many non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and so on.
Sunday 2:00 pm: First Sentence, First Paragraph, What Does It Take to Grab You? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews (M), Sarah Avery, Yosef Lindell
Great first sentences, to work, have to be sneaky or elegant. But great first sentences are rare. So what qualities does a novel or story have to have to make you keep reading beyond that first sentence or first paragraph? How do you craft the perfect opening hook?

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