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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 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?
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of, but I haven't checked up on them either.

There might be a comics convention. They usually had different types of speakers, I just wasn't focused on them at the time.
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think Cons are great. There's so much positive energy. You can't help but come away with a burn to get writing :)

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