2017 Schedule

Here is our current 2017 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
Dollars and Sense: The Business of YA

Your writing is a business after all. A panel discussion of the ins and outs of YA publishing.

Panelists: Jonathan Mayberry, Moe Ferrara, Debbie Viguie, Jane Yolen, Elly Blake, Mari Mancusi

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
The Morality Spectrum: From Heroes to Villains

Stories aren’t as clear cut as “good guys” and “bad guys.” Sometimes heroes do bad things, or established villains surprise us.

Panelists: Fran Wilde, Zoraida Cordova, Mary G. Thompson, Madeline Roux

1:00 PM
Marriott A707
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Lets talk all about the newest JK Rowing movie! Things you loved? Things you hated? What do we hope to learn moving forward?

Panelists: Eric Asher, Hanako Ricks, Casey Fiesler, Tamsin Silver

2:30 PM
Marriott A707
Myths and Retellings in YA

A twist on a classic, folklore & myth as inspiration, fairy tales reimagined–let’s discuss our favorite YA retellings and why they work.

Panelists: Mary Mancusi, Zoraida Cordova, Carole Barrowman, E.K. Johnston,

 4 PM
Marriott A601-602
Harry Potter Costuming

From basic to fabulous, the world of Harry Potter is a source of inspiration for many cosplayers and costumers.

Panelists: Carolyn Dufano and Michael Dufano

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
The Great (Hogwarts House) Debate!

Authors debate the merits of Hogwarts houses. You, as the audience, will vote for the winner!

Panelists: Christopher Elliot, Deb Marlow, Debbie Viguie, Eric Asher, Catherine Scully, Mary G. Thompson, Elly Blake, Dena Woods

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, Zoraida Cordova, Leanna Renee Heiber, Gray Reinhart, Diana Peterfreund

8:30 PM
Hyatt International South
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 South
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
YA Out of this World

The next (and best) frontier in YA is SPACE! (And cool new planets) We’ll discuss YA space & other galaxy-set sci-fi past, present & future that we love.

Panelists: Claudia Gray, Alexa Donne, AJ Hartley, Diana Peterfreund, E.K. Johnston, Heather Kaczynski

1 PM
Marriott A707
Exploring Relationships in YA

Let’s talk about relationships, but not the kind you’re thinking. A discussion of interpersonal dynamics between siblings, friends, parents and children.

Panelists: Christi J. Whitney, Kathryn Hinds, Rebecca Moesta, KM Herkes, AJ Hartley, F.T. Lukens

1 PM
Marriott A707
Book Club: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Come join us in this years book club discussion. We are excited to have Claudia Gray here to answer your burning questions about Defy the Stars.

4 PM
Hyatt Hanover C-D-E
Harry Potter Sorting Ceremony

First years of all ages come and join us as our sorting hat tells you where you belong!

Panelists: Eric Huffman, Ronald Garner

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
From Good to Great: Revising Your YA

A draft is just the start: editing your book is a critical step for every writer. Learn how our YA authors “kill their darlings” and solve common issues.

Panelists: Ali Fisher, Mari Mancusi, Madeleine Roux, Christopher Paolini

7 PM
Grand West, Hilton
Genetics in Harry Potter

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

Panelist: Eric Spana

8:30 PM
Marriott A707
Shadowhunters, Downworlders, and Mundanes! Oh My!

Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Shadowhunters books have inspired a film and a TV series, and are still delighting readers. Let’s discuss this magical world!

Panelists: Steve Berman, Melissa Pichetto, Bonnie Kunzel, Matt Hall, Tamsin Silver

10 PM
Marriott A707
YA Lit Team Trivia – Harry Potter Edition

Put on your smartest pointed hat and join us in our annual trivia game, this year with a Harry Potter twist!

SUNDAY

 

10 AM
Marriott A707
Fantastic Worlds and How to Build Them – On Writing YA

A discussion of the YA fantasy worlds we’ve loved and how they inspired us to build our own. Plus, how we did it.

Panelists: Todd McCaffrey, Christopher Paolini, Claudia Gray, Delilah S. Dawson, Ali Fisher

11:30 AM
Marriott Imperial Ballroom
An Hour with Jane Yolen

Come spend an hour talking with this year’s Dragon Con Literary Guest of Honor.

Panelist: Jane Yolen

1 PM
Marriott A707
LGBTQIA in YA

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

Panelists: Steve Berman, CB Lee, Barrowman, Lauren Karcz, Christopher Elliot, Moe Ferrara

2:30 PM
Marriott A601-602
The Growing World of Harry Potter – Old Canon and New Canon

With the release of Cursed Child, fantastic beasts, and new information on Pottermore, we’re getting so much more of the Harry Potter world! What are your thoughts on new canon?

Panelists: Hanako Ricks, Michelle Osgood, Jenn Clack, Lydia Watson, Tamsin Silver, Cat Scully

4 PM
Marriott A707
YA in Fanfic and Fanfic in YA

Fandom’s love for YA series like Harry Potter have in turn led to YA series that celebrate them, like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Carry On. Let’s talk about this creativity and mutual admiration!

Panelists: HanMoe Ferrara, Janine Spendlove, Margaret Robbins, Carrie Pack, Casey Fiesler, Lil Watson

5:30 PM
Marriott A707
Let’s Get Real: Tough Topics In YA

YA lit doesn’t shy away from difficult and important topics like racism, sexism, homophobia, and violence. These discussions are important; let’s talk about how YA is shaping the conversation.

Panelists: AJ Hartley, Taylor Brooke, Margaret Robbins, Christopher Paolini, Steve Berman

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

 

10 AM
Marriott A707
Coming Soon: What’s New in Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens

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

Panelists: Bonnie Kunzel, Susan Fichtelberg

11:30 AM
Marriott A707
Putting the Science in Sci-Fi

From flying cars to aliens – science fiction can span it all – join our panelists to talk all about sci-fi, hard and soft.

Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Fran Wilde, Heather Kaczynski, Catherine Scully, Todd McCaffrey, Claudia Gray

1 PM
Marriott A707
Life Changing Books

Our panelists discuss the YA books that changed their lives.

Panelists: Kathryn Hinds, Margaret S. McGraw, Susan Fichtelberg, Lauren Karcz