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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!

YA Jeopardy!

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


4:10 p.m.

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.