2015 Schedule

Here is our current 2015 panel schedule! Please note: everything is subject to change, and you should reference your DragonCon app for the most up-to-date schedule information. However, the following can be used as a solid guide for what we have planned.

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FRIDAY

10 AM
Marriott A707
Tropes in YA

What are the popular themes in YA? Join us for a discussion of common tropes in all their forms.

Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Todd McCaffrey, Cindy Pon, Kathryn Hinds, Melissa Grey

11:30 AM
Regency IV-VII, Hyatt
Meet Chris Rankin

Meet Chris Rankin, Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter movies in a Q and A style panel.

1 PM
Marriott A707
The Heroine’s Journey

A girl, a quest, an epic journey–let’s talk about women in YA fantasy and what makes their journeys different–or not.

Panelists: Delilah Dawson, Alexandra Duncan, Cindy Pon, Tamsin Silver, AR Cook, Nancy Springer

2:30 PM
Hanover CDE, HYATT
One Big Weasley Family

Who’s your favorite Weasley? Join us for an hour of discussion about this awesome Potter family!

Panelists: Tracy Akers, Lindsay Cummings, Laura Nolen, Alexa Donne

4 PM
Marriott A707
YA Urban & Contemporary Fantasy

Fantasy isn’t just dragons and knights- come see how contemporary characters and places feature in young adult fantasy.

Panelists: Zac Brewer, Gwenda Bond, Delilah Dawson, Cinda Williams Chima, AJ Hartley, Christi J. Whitney

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
Ask the Author: YA Writing Craft

Ask your favorite YA authors for their best writing & publishing tips & tricks.

Panelists: Jonathan Maberry, Delilah Dawson, AJ Hartley, Shaun David Hutchinson, Naomi Novik

7 PM
Marriott A707
Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow

Join this motley band of talented (and costumed) authors for an entertaining hour of readings, musical numbers, and more! Swag for the first 40.

Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Delilah Dawson, Leanna Renee Heiber, Grey Rinehart, Lisa Mantchev, Zac Brewer, DB Jackson

8:30 PM
Hyatt International North
Are You A Deatheater?

A Harry Potter themed mafia-style game. [Two timeslots this year so more people can join us & we can play longer!]

10 PM
Hyatt International North
Are You A Deatheater?

A Harry Potter themed mafia-style game. [Two timeslots this year so more people can join us & we can play longer!]

SATURDAY

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
LGBTQ in YA

Our popular panel about LGBTQA characters and themes in YA, including loads of book recommendations!

Panelists: Zac Brewer, Christopher Elliot, Shaun Hutchinson, Alexandra Duncan, Cinda Williams Chima

11:30 AM
Marriott A708
Middle Grade Books

In partnership with the Kaleidoscope Track, let’s discuss Middle Grade fiction!

Panelists: Davey Beauchamp, Lou Anders, Bonnie Kunzel, Ronald Thomas Garner, Catherine M Scully

1 PM
A 601-602, Marriott
Genetics in Harry Potter

Learn about the genetics of the Wizarding gene of the Harry Potter Universe wth a Duke Univrsity Biology Professor.

Panelists: Dr. Eric Spana

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Systems of Magic in YA Worlds

There’s more to magic than just Harry Potter spells. Many YA novels have intricate systems of magic. Come learn from authors how they’re developed!

Panelists: Lou Anders, EC Myers, Sara Raasch, Christi Whitney, Melissa Grey, Nancy Springer

4 PM
Marriott A707
YA Writing & Publishing

How do you go from writing a YA novel to getting it published? How do you get an agent? Aspiring writers ,bring your burning questions.

Panelists: Jonathan Maberry, EC Myers, Sara Raasch, Lindsay Cummings, Lisa Mantchev

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
What We’re Reading

Want book recommendations? Come hear about what your staffers and authors have been reading!

7 PM
Marriott Imperial Ballroom
Meet Chris Rankin

Meet Chris Rankin, Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter movies in a Q and A style panel.

8:30-10 PM
Marriott A707
YA Lit Team Trivia

Do you know your YA book stuff? Come with a team of up to 5 people and get ready to test your skills. Prizes for the top 3 teams!

SUNDAY

10 AM
Marriott A707
Fanworks

What happens when fans express their love? Fanworks! Fanfiction, filking, crafts, and art are just the beginning.

Panelists: Casey Fiesler, Heidi Tandy, Todd McCaffrey, Lilah Vandenburgh

11:30 AM
Crystal Ballroom, Hilton
Potter Movies, Past & Present

Potter fans, let’s reminisce about the 8 movies we cherish and speculate about the 3 we have in our future!

Panelists: Laura Nolen, Lou Anders, David Serchay, Tracy Akers, Heidi Tandy

11:30 AM
Regency IV-VI, Hyatt
Meet Chris Rankin

Meet Chris Rankin, Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter movies in a Q and A style panel.

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Diversity in YA Books

The need for diversity is increasingly part of the conversation in publishing. What can authors and publishers do moving forward?

Panelists: Shaun David Hutchinson, EC Myers, Ron Garner. Tricia Woldridge, Susan Fichtelberg

4 PM
Marriott A707
Cover Flipped!

What happens if you take “girly” book covers and make them neutral? Why do publishers gender their covers in the first place?

Panelists: Lou Anders, Delilah Dawson, Debbie Viguie, Sarah Nicolas, Lilah Vandenburgh

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
Superpowered YA

There’s a superhero explosion at the box office, but what about in graphic novels and YA books?

Panelists: Cherie Priest, Bryan Young, David Serchay, Davey Beauchamp

8:30PM to 2 AM
Marriott Imperial Ballroom
Yule Ball

Come dance the night away with DJ Chris at our popular Yule Ball! We’ll feature a parade of costumes in lieu of costume contest this year, so come decked in your YA-inspired gear if you would like to be showcased. We’ll also announce our House Cup winner!

MONDAY

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Coming Soon To a Bookstore Near You!

What are some excellent YA books that are out now? What’s coming out soon that we shouldn’t miss?

Panelists: Susan Fichtelberg, Bonnie Kunzel