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Preliminary Program Grid for Alan Smale

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Alan Smale 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: Alternate History and Historical Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Tom Doyle, Bjorn Hasseler, Bernie Mojzes, Alan Smale (M)
Alternate history and historical fantasy are popular subgenres. How much research should an author do? How much history do you need in your fantasy? How many historical events do you need to change to spin out your alternate history in a logical manner?
Friday 5:00 pm: So You Want to Be a Writer (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough (M), Scott Edelman, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk
Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't). Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Friday 9:00 pm: I've Done My Research and You're Going to Suffer For It (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Larry Hodges, Alan Smale (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Writers will often spend significant amounts of time doing background research for a story. How do you avoid going down the rabbit hole and taking the readers with you? How much of the research should be included in the final story?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Handling the Unavoidable Info-dump (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Will McIntosh, L. Penelope, Alan Smale (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
As you know, Bob, it's often considered more elegant to establish backstory or setting details gradually rather than in an info-dump. Sometimes, though, the demands of the rest of the novel leave little choice. What are some of the tricks to info-dump in a way that at least keeps the reader interested, and doesn't disrupt the other elements of the story? Are there ever points at which an info-dump is preferable over other methods of communicating setting detail?
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 11:00 am: Alan Smale Signing (Ends at: 11:55 am) Author's hallway table
Author:Alan Smale
Sunday 1:30 pm: Alan Smale Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Frederick
Author:Alan Smale

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