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Preliminary Program Grid for Lawrence Watt-Evans

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Lawrence Watt-Evans 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 6:00 pm: The Taxonomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Michelle D. Sonnier, Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, etc. How many types of fantasy are there? Readers' tastes evolve over time. Which types of fantasy are currently the most popular, which are becoming less popular, where is fantasy headed and why?
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?
Friday 10:00 pm: Don't Go There - Unless You Really Want To… (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Jon Skovron (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Taboo subjects in fantasy and science fiction. Are there any? What lines won't you cross? What lines should you cross?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Alex Shvartsman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowd funding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 3:00 pm: Lawrence Watt-Evans/Jim Freund Signing (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Authors:Jim Freund, Lawrence Watt-Evans
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 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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