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AJZaethe

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Writer's Conference
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:17:30 PM »
So, I am going to a Writer's Conference this year.  I plan on attending Wiscon, specifically.  I have few questions for you folks.

1.  Anyone else going to the Wisconsin Conference?

2. Anyone know of any other conferences I should be aware of?

3. I can't seem to google this conference into being, where do I find the website on this?

Thank you!

Offline Douglas Hulick

Re: Writer's Conference
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011, 03:58:50 AM »
I'm going to be at WisCon this year--I'm even having a book release party with some other members of my writer's group on Sunday night (Wyrdsmiths party). Stop on by.

WisCon's web site is: http://www.wiscon.info/

WisCon is a bit of a conference, but much more a SFF con(vention). Are you looking for writer conference where you get critiquing, do workshops, etc., or more SF/F cons? There are ton of the latter out there all over the place, each offering something a bit different in terms of size, focus, media, and so on (and some do offer a certain degree of workshopping tracks, too). I'm not as familiar with more traditional writer's workshops, so I can't comment on them as much. They can run anywhere from a weekend, to a multi-week long intensive writing camp (Clarion is a good example of this).

I think you'll find WisCon is fairly unique when it comes to cons: it is much more writer and academic-oriented than a lot of other SFF cons (and I think it's a good first con, if you realize it's a bit unique that way). I like it a lot for that, but some other people are into the much more SF-media/costume-heavy/immerse yourself in fandom cons, and that's cool, too. Like I said, there are a lot of different styles of con out there.

Regardless, have fun and make sure you find me and say "Hi."  :)

Offline Overlord

Re: Writer's Conference
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 05:11:27 AM »
I'm going to be at WisCon this year--I'm even having a book release party with some other members of my writer's group on Sunday night (Wyrdsmiths party). Stop on by.

WisCon's web site is: http://www.wiscon.info/

WisCon is a bit of a conference, but much more a SFF con(vention). Are you looking for writer conference where you get critiquing, do workshops, etc., or more SF/F cons? There are ton of the latter out there all over the place, each offering something a bit different in terms of size, focus, media, and so on (and some do offer a certain degree of workshopping tracks, too). I'm not as familiar with more traditional writer's workshops, so I can't comment on them as much. They can run anywhere from a weekend, to a multi-week long intensive writing camp (Clarion is a good example of this).

I think you'll find WisCon is fairly unique when it comes to cons: it is much more writer and academic-oriented than a lot of other SFF cons (and I think it's a good first con, if you realize it's a bit unique that way). I like it a lot for that, but some other people are into the much more SF-media/costume-heavy/immerse yourself in fandom cons, and that's cool, too. Like I said, there are a lot of different styles of con out there.

Regardless, have fun and make sure you find me and say "Hi."  :)

Wish I could afford plane tickets!!!! I urge any members of the forum who live around the area or who are lucky enough to be able to afford tickets to head down - researching through Google it sounds awesome :D
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Offline missoularedhead

Re: Writer's Conference
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 06:41:56 AM »
Perhaps the *most* exclusive writers' workshop for sff is the Clarion group.  http://clarion.ucsd.edu/  It requires an application packet, and it's a pretty big deal.  Most of the folks I know who've gone have gotten stuff they've workshopped there published.  It's also a month long.  This year, some of the workshop leaders are Elizabeth Bear and John Scalzi (the full list is on the website).  Neil Gaiman has been involved, as has William Gibson. 
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