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CynV
11-30-2011, 07:25 AM
I've been to RT Booklover's Convention twice and, while fun and full of activities, I feel I need to branch out and try some new ones.
So what are the big conventions coming up in 2012?

Keyan
12-01-2011, 12:17 PM
I've been to RT Booklover's Convention twice and, while fun and full of activities, I feel I need to branch out and try some new ones.
So what are the big conventions coming up in 2012?

The big ones... but in what genre?

In Spec Fic, there are WorldCon and World Fantasy Con, which are big. Comicon is Ginormous. Wiscon, the feminist spec-fic convention is pretty big too, but has a small-con feel that's very pleasant.

I'm involved with FOGcon, which is a smaller con in the San Francisco Bay Area (in 2012, it'll be at Walnut Creek, March 30-April 1).

Other genres have their own big cons. Romance has the RWA conference; Horror has the HWA conference.

And so on.

mscelina
12-01-2011, 12:42 PM
For spec fic, Cyn, you can't do better than World Fantasy Con--in Toronto in 2012. I've gone the last two years and for what you're looking for, it's the best value for your money. A business con, good for pitching agents and/or editors, helpful workshops and an all-around good time. Also, it's casual dress, not business dress, which I really like.

ajkjd01
12-01-2011, 05:47 PM
Also depends on where you live...I'm hitting four or five local cons and one or two that involve travel.

If there are any local ones to you, you might consider seeing if you can commute...I am. Columbus, Ohio is just 45-50 minutes drive for me so any local cons there I can attend and still stay at home...which means I can go to more cons with a smaller travel budget.

Jess Haines
12-02-2011, 12:52 AM
So far, I'll be going to Authors After Dark (http://www.authorsafterdark.org/) and Passion & Prose (http://www.passionandprose.org/) in 2012.

There are others (DragonCon, World Fantasy Con, etc) that I have not been to, but might try to attend, too.

What genre/area are you looking for?

CynV
12-02-2011, 10:11 PM
I'm looking for thrillers or fantasy cons. I'd like to be able to hit at least two next year. Seems like they are all in the summer around the same time.
I'm on the west coast but don't mind the travel for at least one of them. I was thinking of Thrillerfest or Comic Con...World Fantasy Con sounds good too.

Filigree
12-03-2011, 01:22 AM
I'm toying with going to ChiCon in Chicago, but only if I have a professional reason to go -- and the finances to do so. There's an RWA con in Phoenix that I'm interested in, too.

eqb
12-04-2011, 01:20 AM
I'm looking for thrillers or fantasy cons.

World Fantasy and World Con are both great SF cons, if you don't mind huge conventions. If you want to sample other cons, check out the smaller cons in your area. I regularly attend Boskone (February) and Readercon (July).

One thing with SF cons. Don't go there with purely business in mind. Go to meet people and make friends. Let the business come later, once you've established yourself in the community.

mscelina
12-04-2011, 01:37 AM
Might want to give Killer Nashville a try too, Cyn. The convention is fun, the town is too, and you can make a lot of contacts there as well.

ajkjd01
12-05-2011, 07:39 PM
YES! And come say hi at Killer Nashville, I'll be there!

Anne Lyle
12-07-2011, 07:34 PM
I'm hoping to got to Chicon next year, funds permitting - thought it might be worth making new connections (and catching up with some US-based writer friends), seeing as I'll have a book out by then and another on the way. Then we get World Fantasy here in the UK in 2013 :D

Sunnyside
12-09-2011, 08:39 PM
I know I'm down in one of the teeny groups on this board, but if you're a biographer (or wanna be one, or heck, even READ one), the Biographers International Organization's Annual Conference is May 18-20 in Los Angeles. Always great speakers and panelists if you're a biography junkie. (Last year, the keynote address was Robert Caro -- and if there's a Beatles of biographers, then he's John Lennon).

There's also a speed dating session with several agents who rep bios. That too.

CynV
12-09-2011, 09:58 PM
Someone else told me about ChiCon...I'm not too familiar with it.

I have a new fantasy novel that will debut at the beginning of the year so I am leaning towards fantasy cons now. There's so many to choose from!

Anne Lyle
12-10-2011, 12:36 AM
Chicon 7 = WorldCon in Chicago :)

We don't have many genre conventions over here compared to the US. Probably a good thing, or I'd be broke!

Karen Junker
12-11-2011, 04:35 AM
May I recommend Cascade Writers? It's a small (limited to 32 writers) workshop to be held next summer in Vancouver, WA -- 10 minutes from Portland, OR. Our workshop leaders are either an editor, an agent or a published author. We're very friendly and people have made some great connections at our events. We focus on fantasy, SF, and other genres.

CynV
12-12-2011, 05:42 AM
Thanks Karen, looks interesting

JL_Benet
12-13-2011, 09:59 PM
I'm going to World Horror Con (which is in Salt Lake City this year).
http://www.whc2012.org/World_Horror_2012.html

You might also consider going to In Your Write Mind at Seton Hill University (east of Pittsburgh). I'll start a separate thread for more details.
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=232145

benbradley
12-14-2011, 01:22 AM
There's Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend:
http://www.decaturbookfestival.com
but there's also some little Atlanta 'con (http://dragoncon.org/)' that tries to compete with it, I forget what it's called.

amergina
12-14-2011, 01:44 AM
I also recommend World Fantasy.

I also suggest checking out local genre conventions. I'm quite fond of Context (http://www.contextsf.org/) in Columbus Ohio, which focuses on SF, fantasy, and horror.

I also go to Confluence (http://www.parsec-sff.org/confluence/) in Pittsburgh, which is another spec-fic convention. It's on the smaller side, so there's lots of time to chat with folks. This year's GOH is Seanan McGuire.

I'll also put in a plug for Seton Hill's In Your Write Mind conference. Again, since it's a smaller conference, there's lots of time to actually chat with folks in the industry outside of the pitch sessions and workshops. It's also very very genre friendly.

If you're near PA on the East Coast, I'll also recommend the Pennwriters (http://www.pennwriters.org/prod/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=278&Itemid=121)conference, which is in Lancaster this year. It's an all-genre (including literary and non-fiction) writing conference.

CynV
12-21-2011, 08:32 AM
Hey thanks for all the great info and esp the links to the cons!

I'm browsing through them, trying to find the best fit.

I'd like to have the opportunity to set up a table and sell some books. That's the one thing I really liked at the RT Con, was the HUGE book fair they held on the weekend.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-22-2011, 01:39 AM
Depending on my job sitch (and the $ that accompany it), I'm going to try to make it to either Surrey (http://www.siwc.ca/) or Willamette (http://www.willamettewriters.com/wwc/3/) this year.

I'm determined to start doing some networking this year, and I'm hoping to shop my new WIP (which should have Rewrites # 14 and 15 done by then).

CynV
01-05-2012, 08:53 AM
Has anyone heard of or been to this one: http://memphiscfc.com/

Turndog-Millionaire
01-05-2012, 02:48 PM
I was going to ask my question on a separate thread but i feel it probably belongs here. I'm looking at going to one or two conferences this year (my first :-0 ) and was hoping a few good Aw'ers could offer some recommendations.

I've looked at the list already but don't think an quite suit me. I'm looking for a more general fiction conference, or maybe just one that is good for creative writing and other general writing networking opportunities, seminars, keynotes etc.

I live in England so this is aimed more at the Brits among us. Anybody got any good tips for someone in Yorkshire/North of England?

I also go to Cincinnati, Ohio quite a lot, so maybe someone has a few tips for their too????

I'm going to SXSW in March (for the music) but i'm going to try and take a few talks in. Just hoping to learn a little more this year, meet some people in the biz, and expand my network for further down the line

Thanks in advance guys

Matt (Turndog Millionaire)

CynV
01-15-2012, 08:56 AM
Anybody ever attended Westercon (http://drupal.westercon65.org/) (http://drupal.westercon65.org/)

or SpoCon?
(http://spocon.org/ (http://spocon.org/))

Anne Lyle
01-15-2012, 09:05 AM
I've looked at the list already but don't think an quite suit me. I'm looking for a more general fiction conference, or maybe just one that is good for creative writing and other general writing networking opportunities, seminars, keynotes etc.

I live in England so this is aimed more at the Brits among us. Anybody got any good tips for someone in Yorkshire/North of England?

I know it's a long way from you, but the Winchester Writers' Conference is very good - I attended several before being pointed at genre conventions as a better place for me (personally) to network. They have great keynote speakers, lots of talks and workshops and of course you get to mingle with loads of other writers.

http://www.writersconference.co.uk/conference.htm

The price includes up to three 15-minute one-to-one sessions with pro writers, agents and editors, which I found invaluable. I only did one per conference, as most of the attending pros were too mainstream in their tastes*, but YMMV.

* It can be very depressing as an SFF writer to read agent listings that time after time say "no fantasy or science fiction"!

Aerial
01-16-2012, 10:31 PM
Anybody ever attended Westercon (http://drupal.westercon65.org/) (http://drupal.westercon65.org/)

or SpoCon?
(http://spocon.org/ (http://spocon.org/))

Haven't been to either of those, but I've been to Norwescon in Seattle several times. It's more of a general SFF convention but has plenty of writing panels and writers attending. There's also a professional costumers' competition and a significant visual arts presence (mostly sketches, paintings and sculpture).

Aerial

Bogna
01-17-2012, 10:33 AM
Is there some in the NW (Oregon/Washington) that anyone knows about? I've found a few conferences that happen during the summer but no conventions yet.

Karen Junker
01-17-2012, 10:58 PM
As a workshop organizer, I can only speculate that because the summer is the high season and therefore more expensive, most conventions take place in the off season to save operating costs. It also saves on the guest room costs for the attendees.

I know this because the workshop I put on happens in the summer and I have had a real time of it finding a venue that would have us.

Anne Lyle
01-18-2012, 12:46 AM
Good point! Most of the conventions I go to are in the Feb-May and Sept-Oct periods, when the hotels are less busy but the weather not too horrid.

Mind you, the first one this year is in North Wales at the beginning of February, which doesn't bode well, weather-wise! Still, the accommodation is very cheap and the guests of honour are awesome: Eve Myles (Torchwood), Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon, Blackadder, etc) and many more :)

CynV
02-27-2012, 07:58 PM
Is anyone attending the World Horror Con (http://www.whc2012.org/World_Horror_2012.html) in Salt Lake at end of March? I'll be there doing a reading and I have a table.

Shall
03-02-2012, 04:11 AM
I'm going to Killer Nashville.

SirOtter
03-11-2012, 09:47 PM
No Hypericon in Nashville this year, but DeepSouthCon is in Huntsville, Alabama, which isn't far.

http://www.dsc50huntsville.com/

I went to the Knoxville DSC in '83, and found myself at a party with Stephen King, Whitley Strieber and Peter Straub. I'm thinking of moseying on down I-65 this year. No telling who I might wind up partying with. :)

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
03-12-2012, 05:43 AM
No Hypericon in Nashville this year, but DeepSouthCon is in Huntsville, Alabama, which isn't far.

http://www.dsc50huntsville.com/

I went to the Knoxville DSC in '83, and found myself at a party with Stephen King, Whitley Strieber and Peter Straub. I'm thinking of moseying on down I-65 this year. No telling who I might wind up partying with. :)

How cool is that??!

JL_Benet
03-28-2012, 12:40 AM
Is anyone attending the World Horror Con (http://www.whc2012.org/World_Horror_2012.html) in Salt Lake at end of March? I'll be there doing a reading and I have a table.
I'll be there.


The page for this year's In Your Write Mind Writer's Retreat is now up. For all of you genre writers, here's an excellent writer's retreat event. As I mentioned previously, it's run by the alumni of the Seton Hill University's Master's in Writing of Popular Fiction program and is aimed at working writers (those who already have a novel, or twelve, under their belts). It's great for mid-listers who want to know more about the business or who are looking to move up the food-chain. That said, newbie writers are also more than welcome.

It runs from June 21 - 24, 2012 in Greensburg, PA (less than an hour east of Pittsburgh). There are some excellent guests lined up and you'll get a chance to pitch to publishers (including Raw Dog Screaming Press) and agents (including agents for BookEnds, Inc. and the Donald Maass Literary Agency).

https://alumni.setonhill.edu/page.aspx?pid=673

Royal Mercury
03-31-2012, 02:41 AM
The Arkansas Literary Festival (http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/) is coming up. April 12-15 in Little Rock. Last year I got to schmooze with Peter S. Beagle.

twright
04-02-2012, 11:26 PM
May I recommend Cascade Writers? It's a small (limited to 32 writers) workshop to be held next summer in Vancouver, WA -- 10 minutes from Portland, OR. Our workshop leaders are either an editor, an agent or a published author. We're very friendly and people have made some great connections at our events. We focus on fantasy, SF, and other genres.

I need to follow up with Karen, but I believe we've filled all the spots for this year's conference. If we haven't, there's just one or two spots left.

<edited 4/2/2012 at 2:00 pm PTZ> - Yes, I confirmed with Karen that all of our spots are closed for this year's conference.

TomW - Cascade Writer's Treasurer and Board Member