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Friday September 15th to Sunday 17th September

Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG

Membership Cost: £39.
This covers room hire, refreshments on Saturday and on Sunday morning, a private room for the Saturday evening buffet (but not the cost of the buffet itself, nor of other meals) and a GOODY BAG!

Friday: Introductions, quiz, goody bags and socialising.
Saturday: A full day of talks and workshops by fanfic writers, fan vidders, and fan artists, followed by more socialising and the buffet.
Sunday morning: More talks, the AGM, the raffle, even more socialising... and goodbyes :-(

Members are responsible for booking their own accommodation. gillo has once again arranged a special rate, so just mention that you're attending the Writercon event. The price is £70 for a single room and £80 for a double, and there will be a 15% discount for members on all food and drink charged to your room over the weekend! Car parking is free as a special favour to us. (The hotel does not own the car park).

There will be cocktail menus and a Friday evening trip to the Lebanese restaurant, Aqua, with sign-up sheets, as usual.


To sign up for Writercon UK 2017, just comment on this post, copying and pasting the template below. The comments are screened, and if we need to clarify anything, I'll contact you by PM.

You can register now, and pay later. Last call for payments will be a month before the event, but we'll remind you before that if you haven’t paid up!

This year we've decided to use PayPal's 'Send money to friends and family' facility.

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Note that membership numbers are limited to a maximum of 40, and membership will be on a first-come first-served basis :-)

Financially, the minimum number of people we need to make the event possible is 18.


tlanti and kazzy_cee will be recruiting speakers/workshop leaders shortly, and we'll remind you about raffle prizes nearer the time.

Finally - don't forget to pimp Writercon UK to all your friends!


People signed up so far (18):

Luke Bannon (lbjb247)
Pixie Barefoot

Happy birthday!

Happy birthdaycuriouswombat have a wonderful day x
As promised here are the fanvids used in my presentation.

Starting with a much better Multifandom one that I wish I'd found at the time set to "Shut Up and Dance with Me" by Walk the Moon. Made by Sym Stark.  So as I can - I'm substituting it here.....

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Sherlock - using 'Control' by Halsey. Created by MARVELous Fanvids.
Note: spoilers for the complete series.

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Game of Thrones - using When It's All Over by Raign. Created by MARVELous Fanvids
Note: spoilers through to Series 7

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Doctor Who (9th and 10th) - using "Gallifrey Our Childhood. Our Home" by Murray Gold. Created by SEDUFF
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If you'd like to keep any of YouTube videos I would suggest using KeepVid as an option. The free version allows you to either keep a video or just the music in different formats. I used it to compile my presentation and it means you can edit items before adding them to PowerPoint.

Definitely check out SEDUFF and MARVELous on Youtube for their fanvids as they are very talented.

If you'd like to listen to different TV theme tunes you can do so here on Televisiontune.com which also allows you to download them and is great fun to play around on and very nostalgic :)

Another super weekend is over....

So  I've been away at writerconuk this weekend.  It's enormous fun, there is excellent food, convivial company and cocktails, and we all get the chance to discuss our favourites in fandom... Here's my story.

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 All good things have to come to an end eventually however, and after the AGM and then the raffle we all made our way home.  We agreed that the date next year would be  7th to 9th September 2018 and I for one have put it in my diary already!  For many years I hesitated about going to this event, but I am SO GLAD I did eventually pluck up the courage and go.  I hope we can encourage some more people to come along and  join us, they will have a really lovely time and meet some great people.  I did!!!

Reporting back...

I hope everyone else has got home safely!

I'm home and my report with photos can be found here.


See you tomorrow!

Just some last minute details:

The Lebanese restaurant. A table is booked for 8.15. I will circulate a couple of menus before the quiz so we can choose what we want beforehand and give them a list as we arrive to speed things up. (There is also an online Menu here if you want a preview). Note that they can't add your drinks to the food bill -- you have to order and pay for your drinks at the bar -- so it might be wise to have cash with you. davidbrider and booster17, I've assumed you're coming, but it's no problem if you're not.

The Buffet. gillo has kindly been liaising with the hotel staff for us, and we've agreed the following menu:

Soup: butternut squash & parsnip, bread rolls, butter
Mixed leaves, tomato, cucumber, onions, brioche croutons
Feta cheese
Seafood salad
Cold meat selection – ham salami, peppered pastrami
Chicken liver & bacon terrine

Chicken fillets in tarragon and spinach creamy sauce
Root Vegetable and Herb Wellington (V)
Vegetable Moussaka (V)

Served with steamed vegetables and roast Mediterranean vegetables - courgette, aubergine, onion, peppers
Heritage potatoes with parsley butter

Chocolate tart
Forest fruits pavlova
Fresh fruit salad - melons, oranges, grapes,

There will also be wine and soft drinks provided.

Important: If, for some reason, you can't attend the buffet, you need to let the hotel staff know by 11.30 on the Saturday, or you will still be charged for the food.

Saturday Lunchtime. There will be a special menu for us, with a very wide choice, at lunchtime on Saturday, and we will get a 15% discount if we charge the food to our room.

Cocktails. We will have a cocktail menu as usual, and gillo has managed to twist their arm to get us some of our favourites as well as some non-alcoholic options.

Raffle. Don't forget to bring things for the raffle!!

Parking. Car parking is free as part of our special deal. It might be wise to mention it to the staff when you check in and check out.

See you tomorrow in the bar!


WriterconUK 2017 -- TWO WEEKS TO GO!!

Just two weeks to go until the meeting!

We have 16 people signed up so far, so there is still room for more. (If you want to see who you'll be spending the weekend with, there's a list of attendees on the sign-up post, here).

Here is the programme for this year's event, with a craft workshop, discussions, and lots of fun!


One of the highlights of the weekend is the free raffle, which we hold on the Sunday morning as part of our AGM. Everybody--yes, everybody!--gets to choose a prize, and sometimes, thanks to the generosity of their fellow attendees, everybody gets to choose two!

In the past, we've had books, dvds, stationery, action figures and other fandom toys, wine, chocolates, offers of original artwork (including custom-made story banners), and beautiful knitted items, all donated by our generous attendees.

So when you pack your suitcase, please don't forget to bring one or two items for the raffle!

Friday Night trip to the Lebanese Restaurant

Last year, most of us ate at the Aqua Lebanese restaurant (which is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel) on the Friday night. The food was delicious and we had a lot of fun.

Please comment on this post if you'd like to eat at the restaurant, and I will book a table.

Goodie Bags

I'm right in the middle of preparing the goodie bags right now and as I am struggling a bit for inspiration I thought that this year I would let you all have some input into what what goes into the bags.

What does everyone think? What do you like in the bags? What do you hate? Should I skip the notepads this year? Does anyone actually like the mints? Are the contents too childish or too girly? Let me know! (Bear in mind the budget is really, really tight and a £1 item adds up to £££ when scaled up to 20+ people. I spend £50 on the sweets/chocs alone! Plus I have to cater for the guys too).

Help me out!

Writercon UK 2017 Reminder!!

It's just two and a half months to Writercon UK 2017! We already have 14 people signed up for the weekend:

- Luke Bannon (lbjb247)
- Pixie Barefoot

and a full programme of talks and workshops planned, including

kazzy_cee -- Music in fandom
gillo -- Inspiration without plagiarism
hab318princess -- Giving feedback
speakr2customrs -- Writing the perfect line
ningloreth -- Why we love fictional characters
hils -- Social media and fandom (discussion)
hobbituk -- Craft session
tlanti -- Getting inspiration from the things around you

(We'll post a proper timetable nearer the event). In addition, there will be the usual socialising, including

- Goody Bags
- Friday night's fandom quiz
- an optional trip to the Lebanese restaurant
- cocktails
- Saturday night's buffet
- the raffle
- and lots of time to talk about fandom and have fun with like-minded people.

And we still have room for more! Full details and the sign-up post are here on LiveJournal and here on Dreamwidth.


The official sign up and suggestion post :)

We are currently in the early stages of planning talks/sessions and so far we have - music in fandom, how we relate to fandom characters, (hopefully) a craft/practical session and at least one discussion session....
However - we still have a few 30 - 60 minute slots available so If you have something you would like to suggest even if you would rather not lead the talk/discussion yourself we would love to hear from you (yes, YOU!).

If you would like to be a part of the presentations please get in touch!

We can offer support and advice for any ideas so comment below and we can then start to finalise the programme for another fun packed WriterconUK event :)
We would rather have too many ideas so that we can pick the best - so do suggest something even if you don't want to deliver it or aren't able to attend. If you DO want to attend (and why wouldn't you?) it's not too late to sign up - more details here.

WriterConUK 2017 -- a date for your diary!

Hello everybody!

I'm very pleased to announce that, thanks to gillo and hab318princess, we have a date for our 2017 meeting.

WriterConUK 2017 will take place on 15-17 September at the Ramada in Coventry.

We're still working out the membership cost but, at the moment, it looks like it will be similar to last year. Watch out for the sign-up post.

And, as usual, we'll be asking for people to run panels/workshops, so please get thinking!

I hope to see you all there!

Processes to create art...

Loved the weekend... and in case you wanted the links to the various sites... I've posted the links (not the pics... sorry) here:


An email to the Ramada

I have had a follow-up email from the Ramada, asking how it all went. I need to reply in the next few days, and it would be really useful to have comments I could quote when I do so. You could either post a comment here or email me at gillDOTothenATgmailDOTcom.

My write up

... of the weekend can be found here.


Buffet menu and other last minute details

gillo has kindly met with the hotel staff for us and, armed with a list of everybody's needs and preferences, agreed the following menu for the buffet:

- chicken and tarragon terrine
- pea and watercress soup (lactose-free)
- salad bar

Main Course
- Chicken dish (TBC)
- Risotto (vegetarian)
- Potatoes
- Vegetables

- Two desserts (at least one of which will contain no artificial sweeteners) and cream will be provided separately.

There will be wine and soft drinks provided, but please feel free to bring a bottle!

The food will be labelled with allergen information. If there is still nothing on the menu you can eat, speak to me or gillo on Friday, and we'll arrange for you to talk to the hotel staff.

In addition:

Cocktails -- we will have a cocktail menu as usual, and gillo has asked for some non-alcoholic options.

Parking -- parking is free as part of our special deal. It might be wise to mention it to the staff when you check in and check out.

Checkout -- checkout on Sunday is by 1 pm. The later time is also part of our deal :-)


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