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Which Cons will you attend this year?

First thing Friday morning, I nipped down to the post office to mail my registration for the Write Stuff Conference  – In  Allentown, PA (March 25-27).   
This will be my third year there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be among those lucky enough to register in time for the two-day, pre-conference workshop, How to Plot Like The Pros, with James N. Frey (How To Write a Damn Good Novel).
For the main event, which starts on the Friday evening and finishes the next day at around 5:00pm, I hope to get a place on Page Cuts, in which the anonymous first page of your WIP is read aloud then critiqued by a panel of industry professionals, and a two-hour workshop, Start a Fire on Page One, with Bill Kent.
There are plenty of other things going on (see
here for the conference web-page – scroll down for the ‘Conference at a glance’ section), including workshops, agent/editor appointments and the annual 100-word fiction/non-fiction/poetry contests, but the main attraction for me is the people.
Last year, I’d say about 150 writers attended. Everyone was friendly. I felt like I was at a happy event with distant relatives (without the bickering and family feuds). 
If I could only pick one con to attend this year, The Write Stuff would be it (lucky for me, I don’t have to. Come November, I’ll be at PhilCon). 

How about you?
Which cons do you plan to attend this year?

ETA: (which, thanks to jimhines, I now know means "Edited to add")  Does anyone know of a site where folks can find info about writing conventions?

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Jan. 17th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
That's in Melbourne this year, right?
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Jan. 17th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Aside from Book Expo America and last year's PhilCon, I've no frame of reference, but, for me, I think I enjoy the Write Stuff more because it is a small, local con.

When I'm going to the next workshop room, I don't feel like I'm dodging pedestrians on the way to work, I'm seeing friendly faces and bumping into folks who I've met before.
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Worldcon, and yes, it's in Melbourne *g*
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's great for you guys, but it's a little too long a bus ride for me ;)
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Might attend my in-town con (RavenCon) this year. We've also talked about making out vacation this year be to World Fantasy. I lived in Columbus in the early '00s, so it could be a fun combo of con + memories + vacation...
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Vacation and a con. Now that sounds like a plan :)

Edited at 2010-01-17 01:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I will not be attending any. In fact they never really crossed my radar until this past year. And surprised me with how big and popular some of them are.

There were a few comic conventions in my area which I attended when I collected comics, but that was years and years ago.

So, I'll probably read what people post and try to learn about the different conventions and learn how to prepare when getting ready to attend one so I can benefit the most from them when I do finally go.
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Are there any cons in Virginia this year?
(no subject) - a_r_williams - Jan. 17th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jan. 17th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely attending Boskone and Readercon. I might be attending WFC, but I'm not sure yet.
Jan. 17th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Watch out at Boskone, I've heard an ugly rumor that bogwitch64 woman plans to attend ;)
(no subject) - beth_bernobich - Jan. 17th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. I'm considering some semi-local conventions: DFW Writers Conference (http://dfwwritersconference.org/), Conestoga (http://www.sftulsa.org/), FenCon (http://www.fencon.org/), or ArmadilloCon (http://www.armadillocon.org/). DFW Writers has a lot of really good agents coming, so that's a definite plus. The others have authors I'd love to meet. The reason I'm having trouble making a decision is because none of these cons have programming posted. Very aggitating, especially when some of them are less than three months away.
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I guess they're waiting for confirmations from speakers. I hope you get the info you need soon.
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'd like to attend some, but I don't know when they are or how much they cost. Is there a list anywhere of different writing conventions?

I like to hit one or two anime convetions a year, but that's a totally different can of worms. :)
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know of a list offhand, but I've put an ETA in the main post, asking if anyone else knows.
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if I'm going to be attending any cons, as family responsibilities come first. The last SFF con I attended was a Trek con (Trek-O-Rama) up in Dayton in the mid-90's with a college friend, and that was a) after marriage and b) before kids.

This year I'm thinking about our local con -Millenicon- and World Fantasy, which is right up the road in Columbus. World Fantasy or Worldcon itself aren't probably going to be any closer to me, but I honestly have no idea if I'll attend. If I did go to WFC, I'd be attending as a stalkerfan for the day, while the rest of the family would be at COSI.
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
What's COSI?
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Jan. 17th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I am not sure whether I will attend any other cons this year but as I have the past few years, I will attend Dragon Con. This one is easy for me since it is held in Atlanta every year and I live here. LOL!!!

Other than Dragon Con, I am not sure. Have fun at the "Write Stuff Conference"

Jan. 17th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
I will, and you enjoy Dragon Con :)

Jan. 17th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I just decided last night to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in April, here in Colorado. Plus the Donald Maass workshop. This will be my first writers conference and I couldn't be more excited!
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I did a workshop with Donald Maass at the Book Expo America in New York (back in '07). He was excellent. have you read his book, Writing the Breakout Novel?
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Jan. 17th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
my friend organised a con in bristol last year. i plan to go this year, cos it's nearby and i can afford that (my book should be in print by then!) and if i can afford it, then the one in notts as well.
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent news on your book. Will you have a dealer table there?
(no subject) - the_faery_queen - Jan. 17th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 17th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oklahoma Writer Federation Con (OWFCon) in late April. I did not know we even had such a thing until I did NaNo this year.
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Yet another reason to be glad of the internet :)
Jan. 17th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked into any yet, but I'll definitely be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH. I took it as a sign when I found out it's being held an hour from where I'm moving to this summer;) Someday when I have time, I'll see what else is around that area to attend...

Jan. 18th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
An hour away? Are you sure you'll be able to make such an arduous journey? ;)
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Jan. 17th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
We will attend our regional Texas conventions: ConDFW (February in Dallas/Ft. Worth), ApolloCon (June in Houston), ArmadilloCon (Austin right around Worldcon time), and FenCon (Sept/Oct in Dallas/Ft. Worth).

We're contemplating Shore Leave, a July con in Hunt Valley, Maryland that is especially geared to Star Trek writers/readers. It's one of the only fan-run Trek cons, making it a breath of fresh air compared to the for-profit media cons.

No Worldcon for us this year, unfortunately.
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I imagine fan-run conventions, while perhaps not as spectacular (or star-studded) are a lot more fun than for-profit ones.

Edited at 2010-01-18 01:22 am (UTC)
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