The 2019 Program Schedule is currently being plotted. You can take a look at what we got up to in our 2018 Programming here in the meantime.
Blue Pencil Session
This is your opportunity to sit down with an industry professional for fifteen minutes, to share you work and receive immediate feedback. Bring three pages of your best work (double-spaced). The pro will read your work and give their input. You may also want to bring your questions about troubles you're having with the piece. Blue Pencils must be signed up for ahead of time via email and will be available once programming is completed and online. You must have a 2019 Pass to sign up for a spot.
The Pro Authors available for Blue Pencil Sessions will be listed on the site as soon as that information is available.
Red Pencil Session
This is your opportunity to send in your work ahead of time, to then sit down with an industry professional for ten minutes, to receive feedback. Once you sign up via email, you'll then send in your pages in by the to be posted deadline. You may also want to bring your questions about troubles you're having with the piece. You must have a 2019 Pass to sign up for a spot.
The Pro Authors available for Red Pencil Sessions will be listed on the site as soon as that information is available.
This is your chance to pitch your work to publishers and editors. You must have a 2019 Pass to sign up for a spot. IF spots are still open at the festival, you can sign up for more!
The publishers and editors available for 2019 Pitch Sessions will be online as soon as they are available.
Group Autograph Session
The Group Autograph Session is open to the public! Bring your friends! It is always a great way to meet and get autographs from multiple authors in the same place. Get signatures from your favourite authors and discover new ones. Participating Authors will be online once programming is complete!
If you're like us, you want to get the most out of your experience at the conference. Here's a few tips that might come in handy.
1. Drink lots of water! It's important to stay hydrated so you can keep energized and healthy throughout the weekend. Water is brain power!
2. Remember to eat! If you're staying in the hotel, bring food and take quick breaks in your room to eat. Or, visit one of the restaurants and fuel up! It's important to stay fuelled to avoid getting overtired or catching con crud!
3. Don't be shy! Everyone is there to meet new people and have a good time, don't be afraid to introduce yourself.
4. Bring business cards if you're looking to network! It's easy to pass on your information that way.
5. If you get business cards from someone, as soon as you get a chance, write a note on the back of it to remind yourself the where/when/what so when you get home later with a stack of business cards, you'll remember the specifics of each one!
The Grand Villa Casino is attached to the hotel, here's a look at the dining they have available: Casino dining
Who is running this thing?
My name is Sandra Wickham and I'm a writer. For eleven years I promoted one of the biggest bodybuilding and fitness competition in the country because I was passionate about competing and the sport and wanted to share that passion with others while helping the sport to grow. I'm just as passionate about the literary and arts world and want to promote an event to share that passion. I'll do my best to produce a great event that people will love. I'm not doing it all on my own, however. I have to thank Randy McCharles of When Words Collide for his help and inspiration in getting this festival started. There is such great support in the community for which I am grateful and many people have been helping me behind the scenes. I'll also be recruiting volunteers to help the festival run as smoothly as possible!
What should I expect to see at the festival?
The festival will be a mix of what you'd find at a conference and a convention. There will be panels with several people discussing topics, as well as single person presentations. We will also have readings by authors, displays by artists, an expo of people selling their goodies (books, art, etc), as well as Blue Pencil sessions where writers can get feedback on their writing from professionals. Expect to come into a warm, welcoming and fun environment, while you learn more about your craft, network with people in the industry and make new connections!
Do presenters receive free memberships?
In order to keep the registration fee much, MUCH lower than a conference, the festival will be based on a 'volunteer' convention model popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that is designed to attract writers and artists of all levels while being affordable enough to attract readers and fans. All speakers except the official Guests of Honour volunteer their time and expertise. Speakers and volunteers who do not attend the festival outside of their presentations or volunteer work have no need to register though I expect most will as they'd intend to attend the festival when they are not speaking or volunteering.
How do I sponsor this even and get exposure for myself, company, or brand?
We have plenty of options for you to choose from, depending on how much you would like to be involved. Whether it's a table in our expo, program advertising, website promotion, powerpoint advertising, outreach to all members in our goody bags or a combination of some or all, we will work with you so you get the most out of your presence at the event. Email me at email@example.com and I will send you our sponsorship package outlining all your options. We'd love to have you be a part of our festival!
How do I become a volunteer?
Easy! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss options. We have lots of different opportunities and areas for helping out, I'm sure we can find a perfect fit for you!
Is the Festival wheelchair accessible?
Yes! Parking is outside the main entrance. Programming is on the second floor, elevators are available.
Does the cost of membership include the hotel room?
No, membership costs are for the festival only. You can book your room at the hotel with our special rate. Visit our Venue page for information. Please note, any questions you have about your hotel room, hotel parking, or any other hotel-related issues should be directed to the hotel.