Official Event Schedule
Washington-Lee High School
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30 AM: Doors Open
10:00 AM: Introduction
10:15 – 10:55 a.m.
Main Author Panel: “Fantasy”
Be transported to worlds where dreams and curses, magic and monsters exist—but good and evil aren’t always black and white.
Renée Ahdieh Wendy Higgins Alwyn Hamilton
Mary G. Thompson Peternelle van Arsdale
Game Panel: Top of My Head
Zoraida Córdova M-E Girard Rafi Mittlefehldt Caleb Roehrig
11:05 – 11:35 a.m.
Mini Panel: “One Step at a Time”
Authors discuss their paths through the writing process from concept to publication.
Tiffany Jackson Brendan Kiely Katie McGarry Peternelle van Arsdale
Game Panel: The Dating Game
Renée Ahdieh Lesley Livingston Will Walton
Q&A Breakout Sessions*
Room #1401: A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS: Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, Caroline Richmond (moderated by Miranda Kenneally)
Room #1011: Jaye Robin Brown, Nina LaCour
Room #1014: Zoraida Córdova, Wendy Higgins, Rafi Mittlefehldt
Room #2012: Julie Buxbaum M-E Girard,
Room #2012: Lance Rubin, Mary G. Thompson
Room #2016: Natalie C. Anderson, Caleb Roehrig
Room #2017: Alwyn Hamilton, Ibi Zoboi
11:45 AM – 12:25 p.m.
Main Panel: “Stranger in a Strange Land”
These characters struggle to come to terms with their displacement—geographically and, in one case, chronologically.
Natalie C. Anderson Lesley Livingston Lindsay Smith Ibi Zoboi
Game Panel: Family Feud
Jaye Robin Brown Alwyn Hamilton Wendy Higgins
Brendan Kiely Nina LaCour Katie McGarry
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Grab some food from food trucks and support local businesses!
On the main stage, authors test their literary knowledge.
1:05 – 1:45 p.m.
Main panel: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
These characters are coping with life after death—literally and figuratively. Death can stop you in your tracks, or it can propel you forward into discovery.
Zoraida Córdova Brendan Kiely Nina LaCour Lance Rubin
Game Panel: Smash The Buzzer
Renée Ahdieh Julie Buxbaum Tiffany D. Jackson
Lesley Livingston Mary G. Thompson Ibi Zoboi
1:55 – 2:25 p.m.
Mini Panel: “Paperback Writer”
A conversation about finding the story and writing it, no matter the genre.
Julie Buxbaum Zoraida Córdova Mary G. Thompson Ibi Zoboi
Game Panel: Password
M-E Girard Rafi Mittlefehldt Caleb Roehrig
Q&A Breakout Sessions*
Room #1401: World Building with Martina Boone, Lisa Maxwell, Jodi Meadows (moderated by Kristen Lippert-Martin)
Room #1011: Nina LaCour
Room #1014: Alwyn Hamilton, Lesley Livingston
Room #2012: Tiffany D. Jackson, Peternelle van Arsdale
Room #2013: Jaye Robin Brown, Katie McGarry
Room #2016: Wendy Higgins, Natalie Anderson
Room #2017: Brendan Kiely, Lance Rubin, Will Walton
Room #2018: Renée Ahdieh, Lindsay Smith
2:35 – 3:15 p.m.
Main Panel: “Love on the Rocks”
They don’t write stories about the ones that come easy. These romances face some serious obstacles: high stakes, secrets, lies, and other guys.
Julie Buxbaum Katie McGarry
Rafi Mittlefehldt Caleb Roehrig
Game Panel: Take the Hint
Natalie C. Anderson Lance Rubin Lindsay Smith Peternelle van Arsdale
3:25 – 4:05 p.m.
Main Panel: “Reflection”
Look in a mirror. There’s a difference between how people perceive you and who you truly are. It’s up to you to define yourself or let the world do it for you.
Jaye Robin Brown M-E Girard Tiffany D. Jackson Will Walton
Keynote: Nina LaCour
Signing to follow in Cafeteria; All attendees at keynote will receive wristbands guaranteeing priority placement in the signing line.
Main Panels: Auditorium Mini Panels: Choir Room (#1404)
Game Panels: Little Theater Breakouts: As indicated
*Breakout Sessions: limited seating and are first come, first serve. All breakouts are Q&A sessions with the authors.