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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 11:37 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)
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth are a reasonable drive for me. Houston is 4 hours away. I'll have to look into those.
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
The Write Stuff is a 2-3 hour trip for me, but I'd happily travel farther if needed.

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