Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ConClave 34 Convention

As October 9th quickly approaches, I thought it best to mention the upcoming Conclave convention. I will be attending the convention, both for entertainment and as a panelist. Although the final panel list has not yet been released, I do know that there will be a number of enjoyable ones - for writers and fans of SF/Fantasy.

So why go to a convention? If you're a fan of genre fiction, it is a great place to meet people and discuss your favorite topics. You can also attend panels and join in on the discussions. Also, there is always something going on and something to do. Overall they can be great fun.

Now, if you're a writer, conventions are handy for meeting other writers, or editors. Usually there are a few panels dedicated to writing and publishing. Sit in on these and get information the easy way: by asking questions or jotting down notes.

This year at Conclave there will be the Writers Workshop - a three day workshop where a number of moderators, including me, comment upon submitted works. This is a great chance to meet with writers and editors one-on-one and ask a few questions.

There will also be panels covering the basics of freelance writing. Everything from manuscript formatting, to query letters, to submitting, finding markets, promoting, etc. will be discussed. Because the panels will be longer this year, much more can be covered.

Of course, there will be panels for experienced writers dealing with a variety of topics. I'll stop describing the panels and wait for this list appear on the website: ConClave 34

At the very least, drop by for a day and say hello to a few people. Hear some "inside buzz" and have a great time!

Oh, I nearly forgot - so I'm updating this post. There may be copies of the Dark Wisdom anthologies there (at least one). And a few of the authors appearing in the anthology will also be present.

Not speaking of computers. My drive recently crashed, and I lost a number of emails. So, if you've not heard from me, please re-send your email. Most everything else was restored. This technological hindrance did slow my writing pace, but for those who've been asking, here is another word count update. (I'm not really sure what that graphic means. Is the computer sticking it's tongue out at the potato? That is a potato, isn't it? Well, if I'm correct, my computer did just that - except I'm not a tuber. Hmmm. Some might disagree).


Vesper said...

I wish I could participate. It's great to spend time with people who have the same interests as you.

Good luck and have fun!

Charles Gramlich said...

I really enjoy a good SF con.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I hear Stewart Sternberg is going to be there. I'm extremely excited.

Rick said...

Sorry to hear about your computer, William, but looking forward to seeing you and the rest at Conclave.

Rick said...

It's more of a rumor that the Great Sternberg will be there. I've checked the panelist listings and can't find him anywhere. Maybe it's going to more of a cameo appearance?