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Preliminary Program Grid for Jean Marie Ward

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Jean Marie Ward 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 3:00 pm: Worldbuilding in Science Fiction vs. Fantasy (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Jean Marie Ward (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans, Allen L. Wold (M)
Are there distinctions in how worldbuilding is approached for a fantasy setting rather than a science fiction setting? Are there different approaches in how the result is presented to the reader? Are there challenges on one side of the fantasy/SF split that are less of an issue on the other?
Friday 7:00 pm: Write What You Don't Know (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Joshua Palmatier, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Jean Marie Ward
Fantasy authors rarely get irate email from dragons saying they got it wrong. How to write characters from places and times that you don’t know but members of your audience do, and why it’s important to get outside your comfort zone.
Saturday 11:00 am: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists:Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, V. Hartman DiSanto, Elektra Hammond, Karen Wester Newton, Jennifer Povey, Janine Spendlove, Denise Timpko, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Broad Universe is an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Members will be doing readings from their own works
Saturday 1:00 pm: Jean Marie Ward Reading (Ends at: 1:25 pm) Bethesda
Author:Jean Marie Ward
Saturday 4:00 pm: Use of Mythology in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Scott Roberts, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward (M)
There are a lot of different mythologies out there, with both similarities and differences. How do we incorporate and adapt them when writing our stories. What's acceptable to adapt and change, especially when using a mythology from a culture not one's own. E.g. dragons in Europe and dragons in various Asian countries often have quite different motives and personalities ascribed to them.
Sunday 3:00 pm: The Economics of Magic (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jeanne Adams, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
How do you use magic in your fantasy work so that it doesn't become a get out of jail free option? When your characters use magic what are the costs to the magic user or the fantasy world? Should conservation of energy apply?

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