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Preliminary Program Grid for K.M. Szpara

This is the Preliminary program schedule. K.M. Szpara 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: Guided by Voices (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jim Freund (M), K.M. Szpara, Steven H. Wilson
And entertained by them too. Some of today's top stories are now being podcast. How do podcasts expand the market? Where to find them? Who should you be listening to on a regular basis?
Friday 6:30 pm: K. M. Szpara Reading (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Bethesda
Author:K.M. Szpara
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 8:00 pm: Romance and SF/F (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro, Natalie Luhrs, L. Penelope, Lezli Robyn, K.M. Szpara
A significant number of science fiction and fantasy books are reviewed in publications such as Romance Times and nominated for awards in the romance genre. Were the genre line distinctions always artificial? What are romance readers' expectations with respect to the plot and its resolution? HEA vs. the tragic romance. Is romance handled better or worse in YA SF/F? Are certain types of romance plots (such as first love) more likely to show up in YA?
Friday 10:00 pm: Writing Decent Sex Scenes (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jeanne Adams (M), Bernie Mojzes, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara
Do you fade to black? How anatomical do you want to get? What works and what doesn't. Will include writing for both professional publication and fanfiction.
Friday 11:00 pm: Vampires and Angels and Faeries, Oh My! (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jim Freund (M), Hildy Silverman, K.M. Szpara
Vampires, zombies, fae and angels have all had their day as the top the urban fantasy/paranormal romance supernatural being. What mythical and supernatural being will be the new #1? Which supernatural beings will never get there? Why are werewolves always second best?
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 6:00 pm: Writers as Fans: How Fandoms Influence Our Writing (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Meg Eden (M), Sunny Moraine, Margaret Ronald, K.M. Szpara
A panel of writers discusses their favorite fandoms and how their passions have inspired and influenced their writing.
Sunday 10:00 am: How We Imagine The Future and What It Says About Us (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists:Malka Older, Bud Sparhawk (M), K.M. Szpara, Fran Wilde
It's always fun to look at what sci-fi visionaries of the past thought the future would be like, what they got right (and what they didn't). But why did they imagine it the way they did? How was it affected by the world they lived in? Given the times in which we live, what sort of future should we be imagining?

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