2016 Schedule

Here is our current 2016 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
The Online YA Community

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

Panelists: Kimberly Ragghianti, Lindsay Cummings, Lilah Vandenberg, S. Usher Evans, Alethea Kontis

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
The Villains of YA

A discussion of those YA villains we love to hate, or hate to love!

Panelists: Christopher Paolini, Fran Wilde, Roshani Chokshi, Christi Whitney

 

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Female Friendships in YA

Strong female friendships are some of the tightest bonds around.  A panel discussion of epic friendships in YA.

Panelists: Janine Spendlove, Fran Wilde,S. Usher Evans, Sarah Beth Durst

4 PM
Crystal Ballroom, Hilton
Genetics in Harry Potter

Learn about the genetics of the wizarding gene of the Harry Potter universe with a Duke University Biology professor.

Panelists: Eric Spana

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
Gender Roles in YA

How are girls–and boys–typically portrayed in YA? What tropes do you love *or* hate? What’s missing, and what does it mean to have a “strong female character”?

Panelists: Kathryn Hinds, Cinda Williams Chima, Tamsin Silver, Mary Weber, Danika Stone, Margaret Robbins

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, Mari Mancusi, Leanna Renee Hieber, Gray Rinehart, EC Myers, SJ Tucker

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
LGBTQIA in YA

Our popular panel about LGBTQIA in YA, including loads of book recommendations, and audience participation encouraged.

Panelists: C.B. Lee, Christopher Elliot, Danika Stone, Moe Ferrara, Sonia Orin Lyris, Rachel Davidson Lee

1 PM
International North, Hyatt
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) Discussion

Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE! We’ll discuss reactions, theories, and how Cursed Child does (or doesn’t) fit in with canon, and how it impacts fans.

Panelists: AJ Hartley, Hanako Ricks, Davey Beauchamp, Alexa Donne, Melissa Pichetto

2:30 PM
Centennial II-III, Hyatt
Wait Until My Father Hears About This!

Meet Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter (and so many more) movies in a Q and A style panel.

4 PM
Marriott A707
YA Writing – The Craft

Published YA authors talk about how they do what they do.

Panelists: Susan Dennard, EC Myers, Lindsay Cummings, Brandon Sanderson, Roshani Chokshi, Mindee Arnett

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
Superpowered YA

There’s a superhero explosion at the box office, but what about books? How do YA books handle great powers, great responsibility and superpowered worlds?

Panelists: Brandon Sanderson, Cherie Priest, EC Myers, Christi J. Whitney, Margaret Robbins

7 PM
Marriott A707
YA Lit Book Club – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Let’s all read Truthwitch by Susan Dennard before the convention. Then we’ll discuss the book together with the author at the con.

8:30 PM
Marriott A707
YA After Dark

YA Lit often features themes like suicide, addiction, and identity issues. Let’s discuss the darker themes in YA Lit.
Panelists: Christopher Elliot, Delilah Dawson, Todd McCaffrey, Catherine Scully, Mary Weber, Tricia Woldridge, Mindee Arnett

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
Representation in YA Matters

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

Panelists: EC Myers, Roshani Chokshi, Georgia McBride, AJ Hartley, Janine Spendlove

1 PM
Marriott A707
YA Lit Juvenilia

Some of your favorite authors read works they wrote when they were young, alas. Let the fanfic hilarity ensue.

Panelists: Tiffany Trent, Mari Mancusi, Cinda Williams Chima, Susan Dennard, Fran Wilde

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
YA Publishing Tips & Tricks

You have a novel, now what? Learn about publishing, agents, marketing & more. Aspiring writers, bring your questions.

Panelists: Lou Anders, Catherine M. Scully, AJ Hartley, Moe Ferrara, Sarah Beth Durst

4 PM
Centennial I, Hyatt
Fantastic Beasts and the Upcoming Movie Trilogy

We’re two months from the movie–what do we know? What are we excited to see? What about the new stories about the American wizarding world and Ilvermorny?

Panelists: Hanako Ricks, Jennifer Clack, Shannon Bowden

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
YA Science Fiction

There’s never enough YA sci-fi! It’s the perfect combination of science, technology, and literature! What do we love, what do we wish we saw more of? Audience participation encouraged.

Panelists: Tiffany Trent, AJ Hartley, Susan Dennard, EC Myers, Lindsay Cummings

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

Come dance the night away with DJ Chris! Costume Parade will be at 9:30 pm, so come in your Hogwarts finest! Adults only after 10:00 please.

MONDAY

 

11:30 AM
Imperial Ballroom, Marriott
Wait Until My Father Hears About This!

Meet Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter (and so many more) movies in a Q and A style panel.

1 PM
Marriott A707
YA Pageturners

Thrills, horrors, chills.  We love books that keep us on the edge of our seats. Audience participation encouraged.

Panelists: J.A. Souders,Tricia Woldridge, Madeleine Roux, Christopher Paolini