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Preliminary Program Grid for Irette Y. Patterson

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Irette Y. Patterson 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.
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?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Endings - Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Joshua Palmatier, Irette Y. Patterson, Sarah Pinsker (M)
So many short stories start out well but end abruptly or just trail off, leaving the reader to wonder, what's the point. Why does this happen and how can writers avoid this fate? How do you determine your endings? Is a twist ending a cheat?

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