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Hours of Operations
Registration (Montgomery Reception)
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 1pm
         
Dealer's Room (Montgomery Ballroom)
Friday: 3pm - 6pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 6pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 2pm
Con Suite (Darnestown/Gaithersburg)
Friday: 4pm - 1am
Saturday: 9am - 1am
Sunday: 9am - 3pm
         
Con Ops/Green Room (Room TBD)
Friday: 3pm - 11pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 8pm
Sunday: 8:30am - 3pm

The Capclave Gaming room is available for open gaming whenever the Con Suite is open. We do request that people borrowing a game available from the library sign out the game in question, and also sign in the game upon return. The Learn & Play schedule is subject to change without notice, rhyme or reason.
 

Preliminary Program Grid

This is the Preliminary program schedule. These are the program items we're planning on having. New things may emerge, and any of these may disappear in puff of logic, all without warning. The program will be updated as information changes, but please check for official notifications during the convention.

Grid of Scheduled Events

(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)

2017-10-06 Friday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
3:00 pmWhat Should Be In Your NetFlix Queue?"Holy Shuftik!" He Cried.Worldbuilding in Science Fiction vs. Fantasy      
3:30 pm      
4:00 pmRituals for CreativityGuided by VoicesWriting on the JobAlternate History and Historical FantasyHypnotism: Reality vs. Fiction    
4:30 pm    
5:00 pmMichelle Sonnier ReadingJoshua Palmatier ReadingScience Fiction: 50 Shades of Hard (and Soft)So You Want to Be a Writer    Alex Shvartsman Signing
5:30 pmDavid Walton ReadingBernie Mojzes Reading    
6:00 pmStephen H. Wilson ReadingBjorn Hasseler ReadingThe Taxonomy of FantasyHow Not To Get PublishedCare and Feeding of Writers Groups and Critique Circles Learn-and-Play Valeria: Card Kingdoms  
6:30 pmK. M. Szpara ReadingDeidre Dykes Reading   
7:00 pmJack Campbell ReadingThe WSFA Small Press AwardWrite What You Don't KnowToward A More Diverse Genre    
7:30 pmBarbara Krasnoff Reading    
8:00 pmMattie Brahen ReadingEveryone is a Hero in Her Own StoryRomance and SF/FThe Clarkesworld Magazine Chinese SF/F Translation ProjectTom Doyle Book Launch    
8:30 pmDarrell Schweitzer Reading    
9:00 pmScott Edelman ReadingHandling RejectionWSFA First Friday MeetingI've Done My Research and You're Going to Suffer For ItDCin2021 Worldcon Bid Party   
9:30 pmDina Leacock Reading   
10:00 pmMichael Ventrella ReadingWriting Decent Sex ScenesClarkesworld Book ClubDon't Go There - Unless You Really Want To…    
10:30 pmHildy Silverman Reading    
11:00 pm Vampires and Angels and Faeries, Oh My!E.T. Phone Earth: First Contact and Alien Communication     
11:30 pm      
2017-10-07 Saturday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
9:00 am      Coffee Meet and Greet for First Time Capclave Attendees  
9:30 am        
10:00 amBrigitte Winter ReadingDoes Hard Science Fiction Have to be Opaque to Non-Techies?Doctor Who, End of an Era, Beginning of a New OneThe Recent Solar EclipsePlotting WorkshopMartin Berman-Gorvine Book Launch  Environmental StorytellingKim Hargan/Larry Hodges Signing
10:30 amKate Baker Reading 
11:00 amBroad Universe Rapid Fire ReadingSF/F in Translation From Russia, Eastern/Central Europe and the BalticReimagining Fairy TalesKen Liu Guest of Honor SpeechLearn-and-Play Star TradersCharles Gannon Signing
11:30 am 
12:00 pmJames Morrow ReadingDC in 2021 Worldcon BidSmall Press Publishing in 2018Writing the Military WorkshopJersey Pines Ink Book LaunchBook Design 101Sarah Avery/David Keener Signing
12:30 pmLawrence M. Schoen Reading 
1:00 pmJean Marie Ward Reading75 Years of WSFANeil Clarke Publisher/Editor Guest of Honor InterviewThe News From Pluto James Morrow Signing
1:30 pmSarah Pinsker Reading 
2:00 pmFran Wilde ReadingCrowdfunding Dos and Don'tsWhat's the Future of Afrofuturism?Unintentional Terraforming: The Science Behind Present & Future Climate ChangeBuild A Space Battle Workshop Learn-and-Play Terraforming MarsWriting WorkshopMeg Eden/Steven H. Wilson Signing
2:30 pmCarolyn Ives Gilman Reading 
3:00 pmCharles Gannon ReadingI Hate His/Her Politics, But I Love His/Her Books75 Years of Wonder WomanStarGates: The Theory & PracticeLezli Robyn/ Alex Shvartsman/ David Walton Book LaunchLawrence Watt-Evans/Jim Freund Signing
3:30 pmCraig L. Gidney Reading
4:00 pmJon Skovron ReadingAnthology BuilderEngineering in SF/FUse of Mythology in Science Fiction and FantasyReading Aloud for WritersMicro Fiction WorkshopJanine Spendlove Signing
4:30 pmSarah Avery Reading
5:00 pmMargaret Ronald ReadingHandling the Unavoidable Info-dumpWriting Characters of Color: Where to Start   Martin Berman-Gorvine Signing
5:30 pmCatherine Asaro Reading   
6:00 pmWriters as Fans: How Fandoms Influence Our WritingWriting for AnthologiesWar on Science Octavia Butler     
6:30 pm     
7:00 pmMichael Swanwick ReadingDustin Blottenberger Reading    Learn-and-Play Wings of GloryDanielle Ackley-McPhail Reading 
7:30 pm   Mass Autographing Session    
8:00 pm       
8:30 pm       
9:00 pm   Award Ceremony     
9:30 pm        
10:00 pm Filking      
10:30 pm Superheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters WSFA 75th Birthday/ DCin2021/ Capclave party   
11:00 pmEye of Argon     
11:30 pm     
2017-10-08 Sunday
 BethesdaFrederickRockville/ PotomacSalon ASenecaSuite 1209Darnestown/ GaithersburgBoardroomAuthor's hallway table
10:00 amHow We Imagine The Future and What It Says About UsHow to Edit That Lousy First DraftAbusing Authors  SF/F In TranslationLearn-and-Play Tiny Epic Galaxies Jeanne Adams Signing
10:30 am   
11:00 amEditing the Short StoryLGBTQ Speculative FictionWhat Are The New Questions That SF/F Should Be Asking?  Writing Workshop (Follow-up)KaffeeKlatsch with Guest of Honor Ken Liu Alan Smale Signing
11:30 am   
12:00 pmPolitical DynamiteBeverly Haaf ReadingGOH Ken Liu Reading     Michelle Sonnier Signing
12:30 pmA.C. Wise Reading     
1:00 pmPositive Science FictionLezli Robyn ReadingSF/F as Literature of the Diaspora   Learn-and-Play Roll for the Galaxy Dina Leacock Signing
1:30 pmAlan Smale Reading    
2:00 pmWhy Do We Like Being Scared?Sunny Moraine ReadingFirst Sentence, First Paragraph, What Does It Take to Grab You?     
2:30 pmMalka Older Reading     
3:00 pmReading Outside Your Genre for SF/F WritersThe Economics of MagicEndings - Bang or Whimper?      
3:30 pm      

Items are sorted by Category, Date/Time, Room and Event Name

(NOTE: All items are subject to change. Please check back often.)

Panel

Friday 3:00 pmBethesdaWhat Should Be In Your NetFlix Queue? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Jim Freund (M), Will McIntosh, Hildy Silverman
What science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies should everyone see?  What are your favorite movies and why do they deserve your love? Are there short films available online that you think everyone should check out?
Frederick"Holy Shuftik!" He Cried. (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Jon Skovron
How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader?  What's the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story?
Rockville/ PotomacWorldbuilding in Science Fiction vs. Fantasy (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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 4:00 pmBethesdaRituals for Creativity (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
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.
FrederickGuided by Voices (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
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?
Rockville/ PotomacWriting on the Job (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Joshua Palmatier, Lezli Robyn, David Walton
Is it better for a writer to have a non-writing job to save his/her writing energies for fiction or to use writing skills to make a nonfiction living on the idea that any writing improves fiction writing? And when should you quit your day job? Hear writers discuss the relationship between their day job and their writing.
Salon AAlternate History and Historical Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
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?
SenecaHypnotism: Reality vs. Fiction (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen lecture on how hypnotism really works vs. how it is portrayed in fiction and on screen.
Friday 5:00 pmRockville/ PotomacScience Fiction: 50 Shades of Hard (and Soft) (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams (M), Charles E. Gannon, Lezli Robyn
Just as there are many, many subgenres of fantasy, there are also many subgenres of science fiction. E.g. first contact novels, space opera, military sf, dystopias, etc. what are the current trends and pluses and minuses of various SF subgenres?
Salon ASo You Want to Be a Writer (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
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 6:00 pmRockville/ PotomacThe Taxonomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
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?
Salon AHow Not To Get Published (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Mike McPhail, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Editors will discuss all the things authors shouldn't do if they want to be published. For instance, submission guidelines exist for a reason. And no matter how brilliant your story is, threatening the editor will reduce the probability that it will be published to zero.
SenecaCare and Feeding of Writers Groups and Critique Circles (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
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.
Friday 7:00 pmFrederickThe WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ken Liu, Margaret Ronald, Alex Shvartsman (M), Fran Wilde
Current finalists and past finalists and winners discuss what the awards means to them and the place of short fiction from small presses in the genre.
Rockville/ PotomacWrite What You Don't Know (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
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.
Salon AToward A More Diverse Genre (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
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 pmFrederickEveryone is a Hero in Her Own Story (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Brenda W. Clough (M), Will McIntosh, Michelle D. Sonnier
Engaging characters draw the reader's interest and keep him/her interested in following the story all the way through. So how does the author create three dimensional characters that the reader is interested in? Villains and side characters need to be "3D" as well, not just cardboard cutouts or stereotypical toons. How do you "show" motivations and characteristics of your characters without "telling" via biographical essays each time a new character appears?
Rockville/ PotomacRomance and SF/F (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
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?
Salon AThe Clarkesworld Magazine Chinese SF/F Translation Project (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), Neil Clarke, Ken Liu
Guest of Honor Neil Clarke and Ken Liu discuss Clarkesworld's commitment to publishing Chinese science fiction and fantasy in translation, including how the stories are chosen, interaction with the authors, and general audience reception to the project.
Friday 9:00 pmFrederickHandling Rejection (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Sarah Avery (M), Kate Baker, Barbara Krasnoff
You put your heart and soul into that book or story and the rejection letters are pouring in. Where do you go from there? Panelists discuss how they handle rejection.
Salon AI've Done My Research and You're Going to Suffer For It (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
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 pmFrederickWriting Decent Sex Scenes (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
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.
Rockville/ PotomacClarkesworld Book Club (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Sam Lubell (M), Sean Wallace
Sam Lubell, the head of the WSFA Committee to Actually Discuss SF/F will moderate a discussion with audience participation, of the current issue of Clarkesworld as well as a discussion of which stories over the last decade have particularly stuck with people.
Salon ADon't Go There - Unless You Really Want To… (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
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?
Friday 11:00 pmFrederickVampires and Angels and Faeries, Oh My! (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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?
Rockville/ PotomacE.T. Phone Earth: First Contact and Alien Communication (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Bud Sparhawk
What happens when humans meet aliens? How might we communicate with them? What barriers stand in the way? How have different SF stories, TV shows, and movies addressed this situation?
Saturday 9:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgCoffee Meet and Greet for First Time Capclave Attendees (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists:
Saturday 10:00 amFrederickDoes Hard Science Fiction Have to be Opaque to Non-Techies? (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Mike McPhail, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Ian Randal Strock (M), David Walton
Panelists will discuss how writing about quantum computing, string theory, nanotechnology, genetics, chemistry, rocket science, etc., can be done in a way that is scientifically accurate, yet understandable by people who have no science background past high school and maybe college distribution requirement. E.g. making Bose-Einstein Condensate understandable to someone who never got past "physics for poets."
Rockville/ PotomacDoctor Who, End of an Era, Beginning of a New One (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen, Vanessa Phin (M), Hildy Silverman, A.C. Wise
Moffatt's era ends and Chibnall's era begins. What did we think of the Capaldi era and Clara and Bill as companions? What do we want from Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor? What are our hopes for Chibnall as showrunner? Moffatt era vs. Davies era?
Saturday 11:00 amBethesdaBroad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (Ends at: 11:55 am)
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
FrederickSF/F in Translation From Russia, Eastern/Central Europe and the Baltic (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: James Morrow, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick (M)
Rockville/ PotomacReimagining Fairy Tales (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Margaret Ronald, Jon Skovron, Michelle D. Sonnier, A.C. Wise (M)
Who doesn't love a fairy tale retelling? Part of the universal appeal of fairy tales is that they were never a static form, at least not as an oral tradition. Re-tellers have used these archetypes and modes to spin new variations ever since these stories first came to the page. Angela Carter once said that "Ours is a highly individualized culture, with a great faith in the work of art as a unique one-off.... But fairy tales are not like that, and nor are their makers." We can find fresh insight into our own lives and connections through these age old tales. This panel will focus on a variety of approaches in reconstructing fairy tales with a modern bent, both in their favorite respins and in their own work.
Saturday 12:00 pmFrederickDC in 2021 Worldcon Bid (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Bill Lawhorn
The Chair of the DC in 2021 Worldcon Bid will discuss why the bid committee wants to bring Worldcon back to DC and what Worldcon is and why it is different from other conventions.
Rockville/ PotomacSmall Press Publishing in 2018 (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Joshua Palmatier, Lezli Robyn, Ian Randal Strock (M), Sean Wallace
Capclave is lucky to have a number of small press publishers as program participants. The folks from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick, Prime Books, Zombies Need Brains, Wyrm Publishing, and Fantastic Books talk about their upcoming projects
Saturday 2:00 pmFrederickCrowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
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.
Rockville/ PotomacWhat's the Future of Afrofuturism? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: M'Shai Dash, William Jones, Chad Eric Smith, Diane Williams, Kenesha Williams, K. Ceres Wright (M)
Afrofuturism represents the intersection of Black culture, history, mysticism, science, and technology, all set with an eye toward the future. Listen as this group of artists, filmmakers, and writers detail their journeys in producing Afrofuturistic works and their hopes for the field, moving forward.
Saturday 3:00 pmFrederickI Hate His/Her Politics, But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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?
Rockville/ Potomac75 Years of Wonder Woman (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Victoria Janssen (M), Janine Spendlove, Fran Wilde
It's been 75 years since Wonder Woman first appeared in Sensation Comics Issue #1. In that time she's been in comic books, animated TV shows, a live action TV show and the recent extremely popular movie starring Gal Gadot. Panelists discuss the character and her interpretation over the years.
Saturday 4:00 pmFrederickAnthology Builder (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer
So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn't? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?
Rockville/ PotomacEngineering in SF/F (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Catherine Asaro, John Ashmead, Ken Liu, Fran Wilde (M)
How things work in your science fiction and fantasy. For instance, if you are going to have flight in your fantasy novel, how is it going to work, e.g. how are the wings going to be load bearing and catch air currents. In your science fiction novel, have you given much thought to how your characters will interface with their supercomputer or mecha-suit?
Salon AUse of Mythology in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
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.
Saturday 5:00 pmFrederickHandling the Unavoidable Info-dump (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
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?
Rockville/ PotomacWriting Characters of Color: Where to Start (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: B. Sharise Moore, L. H. Moore, Diane Williams, K. Ceres Wright (M)
Adding characters of color to your writing not only helps to reflect the real world, but adds complexity and depth to your stories. Learn about specific ways you can conduct effective research and avoid stereotypes to empower your characters and stories.
Saturday 6:00 pmBethesdaWriters as Fans: How Fandoms Influence Our Writing (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
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.
FrederickWriting for Anthologies (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: M'Shai Dash, Larry Hodges (M), Alex Shvartsman, Hildy Silverman, A.C. Wise
Anthologies are an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work out to new readers. Where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, tips on catching the editor's eye (in a good way), and a what-not-to-do list are some of the things to be addressed.
Rockville/ PotomacWar on Science (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Inge Heyer (M), Thomas Holtz, James Morrow, Nalin A. Ratnayake
Some of America's leaders don't believe in global warming, want creationism taught in schools, and others want to ban human cloning or restrict genetic modified foods. Why this distrust of science? Is it growing? Are political leaders trying to appeal to the ignorant or do they really believe this? And what is the danger to the planet?
SenecaOctavia Butler (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), B. Sharise Moore, L. H. Moore, Sarah Pinsker, K. Ceres Wright
Twelfth Planet Press has just published Luminescent Threads. While a more prolific novelist than short story writer, her short fiction, such as "Bloodchild" continues to be discussed to this day. Panelists will discuss the late Octavia Butler's ongoing influence on the field.
Saturday 10:30 pmRockville/ PotomacSuperheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Joshua Palmatier, A.C. Wise
What goes into creating strong, compelling female characters in fantasy worlds? Speculative fiction authors discuss how to approach elements such as world-building, magic, special powers, and plot when crafting a multi-dimensional character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of the "Mary Sue."
Saturday 11:00 pmBethesdaEye of Argon (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Our panelists read the worst fantasy story ever written, mistakes and all, and if they laugh or read it incorrectly, they are forced to act out the story. Just try not to fall over laughing! At some point, volunteers from the audience can participate and discover firsthand the author's contentious relationship with spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Sunday 10:00 amBethesdaHow We Imagine The Future and What It Says About Us (Ends at: 10:55 am)
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?
FrederickHow to Edit That Lousy First Draft (Ends at: 10:55 am)
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?
Rockville/ PotomacAbusing Authors (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Sarah Avery, Scott Edelman, Will McIntosh (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella
Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes many non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and so on.
Suite 1209SF/F In Translation (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Jim Freund (M), James Morrow, Kathryn Morrow, Alex Shvartsman
Panelists discuss what makes a good translation. How literal does it need to be? What cultural markers do and do not translate? How does the translator capture the author's voice yet still keep the work comprehensible to an audience that doesn't speak the original language and may not be familiar with the culture in which the author lives/lived.
Sunday 11:00 amBethesdaEditing the Short Story (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Kate Baker, Neil Clarke (M), Scott Roberts, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists talk about the work of editing short fiction, keeping things interesting and on-pace and making sure all the elements of a good story are in place when there are only so many words to work with.
FrederickLGBTQ Speculative Fiction (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Craig L. Gidney, Vanessa Phin (M), Sarah Pinsker
Panelists will discuss where to find the best LGBT fiction being written today and what they think are the dos and don'ts of writing LGBT characters.
Rockville/ PotomacWhat Are The New Questions That SF/F Should Be Asking? (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: M'Shai Dash, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Malka Older, Nalin A. Ratnayake
SF in particular is meant to be a forward-looking genre. What questions should contemporary SFF writers be asking that they are not? What issues are being successfully addressed?
Sunday 12:00 pmBethesdaPolitical Dynamite (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Malka Older (M), Michael A. Ventrella
Writers and editors talk about how they address current events in their work and in social media--and what they don't.
Sunday 1:00 pmBethesdaPositive Science Fiction (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Bud Sparhawk (M)
Much SF these days is dystopian or grim. Why isn't there more positive SF? Jetse DeVries's anthology Shine demonstrated that it's possible to write positive SF even when dealing with issues such as climate change.
Rockville/ PotomacSF/F as Literature of the Diaspora (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Martin Berman-Gorvine, Yosef Lindell
Unless you're indigenous, Americans come from someplace else. We're Jews who don't live in the shtetl or in Israel, Chinese people who don't live in China, Irish-Americans whose ancestors left home during the potato famine, etc. What are the implications of this dual identity and how does it inform our writing?
Sunday 2:00 pmBethesdaWhy Do We Like Being Scared? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Dina Leacock, Scott Roberts, Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise
Fear probably developed as a survival mechanism. We fear things that might hurt us. Yet many read horror, go to slasher films, ride roller coasters, and climb cliffs. Why? What does this say about us and our psyches?
Rockville/ PotomacFirst Sentence, First Paragraph, What Does It Take to Grab You? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), Sarah Avery, Yosef Lindell
Great first sentences, to work, have to be sneaky or elegant. But great first sentences are rare. So what qualities does a novel or story have to have to make you keep reading beyond that first sentence or first paragraph? How do you craft the perfect opening hook?
Sunday 3:00 pmBethesdaReading Outside Your Genre for SF/F Writers (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: M'Shai Dash, Scott Edelman (M), Natalie Luhrs
Panelists discuss the non-genre works that have influenced them and why it's important to read outside of genre.
FrederickThe Economics of Magic (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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?
Rockville/ PotomacEndings - Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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?

Gaming

Friday 6:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Valeria: Card Kingdoms (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Demonstrator:
For 1-5 players
Saturday 11:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Star Traders (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Demonstrator:
For 2-6 players
Saturday 2:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Terraforming Mars (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Demonstrator:
For 1-5 players
Saturday 7:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Wings of Glory (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Demonstrator:
For 1-8 players
Sunday 10:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Tiny Epic Galaxies (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Demonstrator:
For 1-5 players
Sunday 1:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgLearn-and-Play Roll for the Galaxy (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Demonstrator:
For 2-5 players

Workshop

Saturday 10:00 amSenecaPlotting Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Coordinator: Allen L. Wold (M)
What makes a story a story? How do you construct a viable plot from a bare (naked) idea? We'll start at the beginning, and by the end, you should have everything you need to know to plot your story. Limited to 25 participants. No late arrivals.
BoardroomEnvironmental Storytelling (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Coordinator: Meg Eden (M)
The popular saying goes: "A picture's worth a thousand words." With the rapid developments in technology, our storytelling is changing to not just be on the page, but through movies, television, and video games--highly visual mediums. Through the power of images, we can convey a whole narrative in a short space. Think about how games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone Home use environmental storytelling to give us pieces of characters' lives. In this workshop, we'll discuss examples of games that tell stories through objects, and go into our own writing exercises inspired by video games. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 12:00 pmSenecaWriting the Military Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Coordinators: Ron Garner, Janine Spendlove
Science fiction and fantasy stories have the ability to transport readers to new worlds and immerse them in new experiences. Losing themselves in the flow of the story, readers become something outside of, something more than, themselves, if only for a little bit of time. But this trance can be broken when the author has not paid attention to the all-important details. This is as true of military engagements in science fiction and fantasy as it is of any other element...perhaps even more so. In order to suspend belief enough to buy into the story, the reader needs to feel like the rules within the universe the author is creating, and the general rules of existence the reader already knows to be true, are consistent. Join U.S. Marine officers and writers Ronald T. Garner and Janine K. Spendlove as they discuss methods for incorporating military actions into science fiction and fantasy in a way that will help readers fully engage in your story. Limited to 15 people.
BoardroomBook Design 101 (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Coordinator: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M)
Are you an aspiring publisher? Or perhaps an author considering going it on your own? This Q&A workshop, run by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, will get you started on what you need to know to design and produce books in both print and ebook that can stand up beneath industry scrutiny. We will cover the basic elements of design and review examples of titles that both meet and fall short of the industry benchmark. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own books for a brief review and recommendation session at the end of the workshop. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 2:00 pmSenecaBuild A Space Battle Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Coordinator: David Keener
So you want to include a titanic space battle in your military SF novel or your galaxy-spanning space opera. But...who's fighting? Why are they fighting? You'd like to make the battle realistic...but what tactics and strategies make sense? In this workshop, you'll learn by doing as we collaboratively build an epic space battle. Limited to 20 people.
BoardroomWriting Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Coordinators: Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 4:00 pmSenecaReading Aloud for Writers (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Coordinator: Jim Freund (M)
Jim Freund, host of the long-running "Hour of the Wolf" broadcast radio program as well as Lightspeed Magazine's podcast, provides practical advice and feedback on how to read your work aloud - whether for a podcast, radio audience, audiobook, or in front of a live audience. Limited to 15 people.
BoardroomMicro Fiction Workshop (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Coordinators: Dustin Blottenberger, Deidre Dykes (M), Brigitte Winter
Micro Fiction, a subset of flash fiction, are stories of 300 words or less. Learn how these word count restrictions force writers to boil stories down to their most powerful core elements. You will create micro fiction pieces through a series of exercises, learn about exciting markets for tiny stories and discuss how micro fiction can be a useful tool for deepening your writing skills. Limited to 15 people.
Sunday 11:00 amSuite 1209Writing Workshop (Follow-up) (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Coordinators: Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold
A one hour follow-up session.

Reading

Friday 5:00 pmBethesdaMichelle Sonnier Reading (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Michelle D. Sonnier
FrederickJoshua Palmatier Reading (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Joshua Palmatier
Friday 5:30 pmBethesdaDavid Walton Reading (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: David Walton
FrederickBernie Mojzes Reading (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Bernie Mojzes
Friday 6:00 pmBethesdaStephen H. Wilson Reading (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Steven H. Wilson
FrederickBjorn Hasseler Reading (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Bjorn Hasseler
Friday 6:30 pmBethesdaK. M. Szpara Reading (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: K.M. Szpara
FrederickDeidre Dykes Reading (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: Deidre Dykes
Friday 7:00 pmBethesdaJack Campbell Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry
Friday 7:30 pmBethesdaBarbara Krasnoff Reading (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Author: Barbara Krasnoff
Friday 8:00 pmBethesdaMattie Brahen Reading (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Author: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Friday 8:30 pmBethesdaDarrell Schweitzer Reading (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
Friday 9:00 pmBethesdaScott Edelman Reading (Ends at: 9:25 pm)
Author: Scott Edelman
Friday 9:30 pmBethesdaDina Leacock Reading (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Author: Dina Leacock
Friday 10:00 pmBethesdaMichael Ventrella Reading (Ends at: 10:25 pm)
Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Friday 10:30 pmBethesdaHildy Silverman Reading (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Author: Hildy Silverman
Saturday 10:00 amBethesdaBrigitte Winter Reading (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Author: Brigitte Winter
Saturday 10:30 amBethesdaKate Baker Reading (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Kate Baker
Saturday 12:00 pmBethesdaJames Morrow Reading (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: James Morrow
Saturday 12:30 pmBethesdaLawrence M. Schoen Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 1:00 pmBethesdaJean Marie Ward Reading (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Author: Jean Marie Ward
Saturday 1:30 pmBethesdaSarah Pinsker Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Sarah Pinsker
Saturday 2:00 pmBethesdaFran Wilde Reading (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Author: Fran Wilde
Saturday 2:30 pmBethesdaCarolyn Ives Gilman Reading (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Saturday 3:00 pmBethesdaCharles Gannon Reading (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Author: Charles E. Gannon
Saturday 3:30 pmBethesdaCraig L. Gidney Reading (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Author: Craig L. Gidney
Saturday 4:00 pmBethesdaJon Skovron Reading (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Jon Skovron
Saturday 4:30 pmBethesdaSarah Avery Reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Sarah Avery
Saturday 5:00 pmBethesdaMargaret Ronald Reading (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Margaret Ronald
Saturday 5:30 pmBethesdaCatherine Asaro Reading (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Catherine Asaro
Saturday 7:00 pmBethesdaMichael Swanwick Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Michael Swanwick
FrederickDustin Blottenberger Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Dustin Blottenberger
BoardroomDanielle Ackley-McPhail Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Sunday 12:00 pmFrederickBeverly Haaf Reading (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: Beverly Haaf
Rockville/ PotomacGOH Ken Liu Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Ken Liu
Sunday 12:30 pmFrederickA.C. Wise Reading (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: A.C. Wise
Sunday 1:00 pmFrederickLezli Robyn Reading (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Author: Lezli Robyn
Sunday 1:30 pmFrederickAlan Smale Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Alan Smale
Sunday 2:00 pmFrederickSunny Moraine Reading (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Author: Sunny Moraine
Sunday 2:30 pmFrederickMalka Older Reading (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: Malka Older

Kaffeeklatsch

Sunday 11:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgKaffeeKlatsch with Guest of Honor Ken Liu (Ends at: 11:55 am)
GOH: Ken Liu
NOTE: The KaffeeKlatsch will be held at the table in the alcove just outside Darnestown/Gaithersburg. A sign-up sheet will be at Registration/Information. Limited to 10.

Author's Tables

Friday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAlex Shvartsman Signing (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 10:00 amAuthor's hallway tableKim Hargan/Larry Hodges Signing (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Authors: Kimberly G. Hargan, Larry Hodges
Saturday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableCharles Gannon Signing (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Authors: Charles E. Gannon
Saturday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableSarah Avery/David Keener Signing (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Authors: Sarah Avery, David Keener
Saturday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableJames Morrow Signing (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: James Morrow
Saturday 2:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableMeg Eden/Steven H. Wilson Signing (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Authors: Meg Eden, Steven H. Wilson
Saturday 3:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableLawrence Watt-Evans/Jim Freund Signing (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Authors: Jim Freund, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Saturday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableJanine Spendlove Signing (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Janine Spendlove
Saturday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableMartin Berman-Gorvine Signing (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Sunday 10:00 amAuthor's hallway tableJeanne Adams Signing (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Jeanne Adams
Sunday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAlan Smale Signing (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Author: Alan Smale
Sunday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableMichelle Sonnier Signing (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Michelle D. Sonnier
Sunday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableDina Leacock Signing (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Dina Leacock

Presentation

Saturday 10:00 amSalon AThe Recent Solar Eclipse (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Presenter: Inge Heyer
A Science Presentation by Dr. Inge Heyer
Saturday 11:00 amSalon AKen Liu Guest of Honor Speech (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Presenter: Ken Liu
Title: Betrayal With Integrity: Conformance and Estrangement in Translating Chinese Science Fiction

A one-hour talk in which Guest of Honor Ken Liu discuss the origin of Chinese science fiction through translation of Western works, and then his own translation of the Hugo-winning novel, The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and its reception by readers in the West. He will give some background on translation theory and the modern conception of translation as a performance in cultural negotiation, and apply these academic concepts to genre literature in particular.

Ken Liu will conclude the talk by extending the theoretical framework of "translation" to his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, which melds Western and

This will be followed by a half hour Q&A;session.Chinese epic traditions by transposing a foundational narrative from one culture into another.

Saturday 1:00 pmSalon AThe News From Pluto (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Presenter: Inge Heyer
Science lecture by Dr. Inge Heyer
Saturday 2:00 pmSalon AUnintentional Terraforming: The Science Behind Present & Future Climate Change (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Presenter: Thomas Holtz
Dr. Thomas Holtz science presentation
Saturday 3:00 pmSalon AStarGates: The Theory & Practice (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Presenter: John Ashmead
John Ashmead science presentation

Filk

Saturday 10:00 pmFrederickFilking (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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Interview

Saturday 1:00 pmRockville/ PotomacNeil Clarke Publisher/Editor Guest of Honor Interview (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
GOH & Interviewer: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke
GOH Neil Clarke is interviewed by Scott H. Andrews

Book Launch

Friday 8:00 pmSenecaTom Doyle Book Launch (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Authors: Tom Doyle
Saturday 10:00 amSuite 1209Martin Berman-Gorvine Book Launch (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Authors: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Saturday 12:00 pmSuite 1209Jersey Pines Ink Book Launch (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Authors: Beverly Haaf, Dina Leacock
Saturday 3:00 pmSuite 1209Lezli Robyn/ Alex Shvartsman/ David Walton Book Launch (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Authors: Lezli Robyn, Alex Shvartsman, David Walton

Social

Friday 9:00 pmRockville/ PotomacWSFA First Friday Meeting (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
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The Washington Science Fiction Association holds its First Friday meeting. President Bob MacIntosh presiding.
Suite 1209DCin2021 Worldcon Bid Party (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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Saturday 1:00 pmFrederick75 Years of WSFA (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
: Judy Kindell, Bob MacIntosh, Elaine Stiles, Steve Stiles, Michael Walsh
The Washington Science Fiction Association turned 75 this year. Various WSFA members past and present will discuss what the club has been doing and how it has changed.
Saturday 7:30 pmSalon AMass Autographing Session (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
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The Guests of Honor and other program participants will be available to sign books

Also, a cash bar.

Saturday 9:00 pmSalon AAward Ceremony (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
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Awards ceremony for WSFA Small Press Award and BSFS Amateur Writers Contest
Saturday 10:30 pmSuite 1209WSFA 75th Birthday/ DCin2021/ Capclave party (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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Eat our food and consume our drinks so we don't have to pack it up and take it home!

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