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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 :-)


IMPORTANT -- Lebanese Restaurant!

Just two days to go and there's a full list of attendees at the sign-up post!

We have 18 people signed up for a trip to the Lebanese restaurant on Friday night:

colonel k
pixie barefoot

If you're not on the list and would like to join us, or if you're on the list by mistake, please let me know by 4.00 today; I'm phoning the restaurant to confirm our reservation at five!

See you on Friday! And when you set off, don't forget to pack your raffle prizes!


Really late sign up!

Hi, is there any chance that the two of us can come to Coventry next week? (Self and Colonel K)
I filled out the form on the Sign up post but no one may be looking at it. Happy to pay via Paypal.

IMPORTANT -- Friday Dinner

Apologies to anyone who isn't coming to the meeting.

It's been suggested that, rather than eating in the hotel on Friday evening, we might try the Aqua Lebanese restaurant, which is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.

EDITED TO ADD: I have provisionally booked a table for 20, but they want an accurate number and a deposit on Wednesday (a week today). So I need an accurate number to give!

Please comment on this post if you'd like a Lebanese meal on the Friday night.


WriterconUK 2016 Programme!

Here is the programme for this year's event, with an emphasis on workshops, discussions, and lots of fun!


Just two weeks to go until the meeting!

We have 19 people signed up (and 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). We have a full programme of talks, discussions and workshops planned, which we'll be posting in a couple of days' time.

In the meantime, 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!


For those of you who aren't aware there's a new social media platform in development at the moment. Imzy looks to be a hybrid of the best of LJ and the best of Tumblr and is already making itself inclusive as a fandom space.

It's still in beta at the moment but the developers are working closely with the members who have already signed up and in the few days since I've joined they've already pushed out a bunch of new features following feedback from people with more things still to come

At the moment you can only get an account if you have an invite (I have a few available if anyone wants one) but to get ahead of the curve I've set us up a comm over there WriterConUK Imzy

Roommate required?

Is there anyone else looking for a roommate for this year? Hils is rooming with another friend so if anyone wanted to share a twin room do let me know ☺

EDIT No twins available, so a double booked, ask Hils what I'm like to share a room with 🐧💜🐧💚😊💚

Fanworks That Have Changed My Life

Spoilers for my panel below ;)

So, since this is our 10th event, I thought it would be cool to look back over our time in fandom, share some of our favourite fanworks, and talk about the positive influence fanfic/fanart/fanvids/etc have had on us.

The plan is for this to be an interactive discussion and for that I need input from you guys. So if you would like to share some fanworks that have had an impact on you let me know.

It can be anything. A fic that made you cry, a piece of art that blew you away, a vid that you still go back and watch, something that changed how you think, something that led you to meet your best friend. Anything where a fanwork has left an impression.

If you want me to put the works up on the screen can you provide me with a link or a copy.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Hi all

Does anyone have any photos of past events that they wouldn't mind me sharing on our social media channels? We're only a couple of months away from the 2016 event now so I'd like to do another promotion and nice pictures are good at grabbing the eye.

WriterconUK 2016 -- REMINDER!!

Only three months left until WriterconUK 2016, at the Ramada Hotel, Coventry on 16-18 September.

It may seem like ages away, but I'm sure it'll soon be upon us. At the moment, we have 13 people signed up:


We need at least 6 more before the event's viable, so if you're planning to come, please do let us know by signing up here. Just fill in the form! We don't need your membership payment until nearer the time, but it would really help the committee sleep at night to know you're coming.


We're still looking for two or three more volunteers to give a talk, or lead a discussion, or lead a workshop about anything fandom related. If you'd like to volunteer, sign up at tlanti's post here. (If you'd like to volunteer but can't think of an idea, or if you can think of an idea but would rather not volunteer, comment on the same post, and we'll do some match making).


And if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, just comment on this post.


Writercon UK Event 2016 -- Reminder!

A month or so ago, I posted a 'story so far' round-up, with links to various relevant posts, and... Either LJ's eaten it, or I've fallen into a parallel universe where I never did it, or I've just gone plain mad.

Anyway, here's a round-up and reminder!

We have 12 people signed up for the 2016 meeting (at the Ramada Hotel, Coventry on 16-18 September), but we need some more! You can sign up now and pay nearer the time, if you prefer. It would be great to know that we've reached a viable number :-)

The sign-up post is here.


Don't forget hesadevil's art challenge: a '10 Years of Fandom' banner! The winning banner will feature on the Writercon UK website (and runners up will be displayed at the meeting). The deadline is 31 May.

Further information is here.


The highlight of the event is always the cocktails the full day of talks and workshops led by fellow members, covering all aspects of fandom. tlanti has three volunteers so far, but she's looking for more, especially someone who'd like to lead a crafting workshop*.
*I have various bits and bobs I can donate, materials-wise.

tlanti's sign-up post is here!


And if you have further any ideas for challenges or activities, just comment on this post.


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