We’ve had a great time talking about conventions, conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout the month. We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride. I wanted to take a minute and summarize our posts for the month as well as mention a couple of venues that didn’t quite fit into our schedule:
Some local conventions:
- LTUE-Utah in February
- Tucson Festival of Books-AZ in March
- CarolinaCon-NC in March
- LepreCon-AZ in May
- Phoenix Comicon-AZ in May
- Conduit-UT in May
- LDS Storymakers Conference-Utah in May
- Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (recommended to me by Brandon Sanderson)-Utah in June
- Horrorcon (this could be considered national, not sure)-Texas in August
- FenCon-TX in October
- Sirens-Oregon in October
The big babies:
- SCBWI- February in New York, August in Los Angeles (full)
- Thrillerfest (pretty sure this has moved into the big leagues)-New York in July
- Dragoncon (a small con gone big)-Georgia in August
- Worldcon (get your hotel reservation now)-Texas in August 2013, England in August 2014
- Romance Writers of America Conference (there are local conferences in almost every state in the U.S.) -Georgia in August
- World Fantasy Convention (fills up fast, sometimes a year in advance)-England in Oct. 2013, Washington D.C. in Oct 2014;
Workshops and seminars:
- Superstars Writing Seminar (mention fictorians when you sign up and receive a free, autographed copy of one of Kevin J. Anderson’s books)-Colorado in May
- Caravel Writing Workshop (6-day cruise with David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Grammar-girl Mignon Fogarty; from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego)-October
- David Farland’s Writing Workshops (mention fictorians when you sign up and get $20 discount or dinner with Dave)-throughout the year, most in Utah, but not all
- Dean Wesley Smith Workshops (online also available)-Oregon, varying dates
These aren’t all the workshops and conferences in existence. There are many more. But these are the ones fictorians members have either attended or heard good things about. As you plan your year, and plan your goals for the year, we hope this list can help.
Stay tuned next month as we talk about romance in writing: levels of heat, as a main plat and a sub-plot, where to get information and instruction, writing different types of relationships, relationship conflicts…. It’s going to be a good month.
This is a convenient list to save, Thanks, Colette!
I don’t know how many times I’ve looked for a list like this when I was just getting started and didn’t know heads from tails. I hope it helps a few people. 🙂 Spread the word.
Thank you so much for including Caravel!
Caravel also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caravel-Writing-Workshop/275959499174355
Thanks for the list, and thanks for including the LDStorymakers Writers Conference. Just so you know, the conference is not religion-based. The author guild of LDStorymakers, who puts on the conference, is for LDS authors, but the conference itself is non-religious. There are some classes that might have a religious bent, but they are clearly indicated and most of the classes cover writing craft, marketing and publicity, etc. We have many non-LDS attendees and guests.
So sorry for putting the wrong bent on that. I’ve never had the chance to attend LDStorymakers, but have heard wonderful things about it. I didn’t mean to imply that the workshop itself is religion-based, or that the content would be religion-based. I only meant that the founders came together as members of the LDS religion and many of the members are also LDS. That said, based on the praise I’ve heard of the conference, I think it would be a great venue for any writer, regardless of religious affiliation. Thank you for clarifying, and I’ll take my personal comment off the post to avoid further confusion.