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The Programme (AT LAST!)

Hello!  First of all, my apologies for not getting the programme up here sooner.  I wanted to do this last week but RL got very varied, interesting and downright crazy!

Could the awesome people who have put themselves forward for running a programme item please let me know if they are happy with this?  I have tried to vary the content from item to item, and if you see anything that is amiss - PLEASE DON'T WORRY.  Just let me now and I will sort it - what's important here is that this works for everyone.

Friday 18 September

Saturday 19 September

Sunday 20 September

10:00

Show Don't Tell

Bad!Fic Presentations

Ningloreth

Entertain us with your creativity...

11:00

Refreshments

Refreshments

What has Fandom done for Me?

Raffle

Tlanti

AGM

12:30

Lunch

Farewell drinkies in the bar

14:00

Surviving Fandom

Hab318Princess

15:00

Refreshments

15:30

Alternative Storytelling

Quinara

16:30

What's your Fandom?

Hils

17:30

Cocktails - cheers!

18:00

Bad!Fic / Writing Workshop

Official Opening and Greeting

Gillo

19:00

Quiz - Kazzy Cee

Dressing for dinner

20:00

Dinner (in the hotel)

Banquet

Cosplay is welcome!

Cocktails

Cocktails

1 Month To Go!

Greetings WriterCon

We are now a month away from the 2015 event. WHEEEEEEE!

Just to remind you that in order to ensure everyone gets an awesome goodie bag you need to Sign Up ASAP

Below is a list of the people who have signed up already. If you're wanting to attend and your name isn't on the list go and do the thing

hab318princess
ningloreth
bogwitch
lilachigh
kazzy_cee
shapinglight
hesadevil
hils
enchantersnight
spikereader
quinara
curiouswombat
sparrow2000
thismaz
speakr2customrs

We should have the full details of the programme available in the next few days. Watch this space!

Quiz

It is now only 33 days until writerconuk!

I have some questions:

  • Mr Cee has kindly offered to print out the programmes for the event again, so please let me know if you would like me to design it or if someone else is doing that, please can I have a copy and a rough idea of the number of attendees please?  If someone else is printing, just let me know.

  • I am doing the quiz this year and it would be helpful to have a rough idea of fandoms to cover.  I am happy to post a poll, but does anyone have a list from the registration post which lists the chief fandoms?

  • I am happy to bring the projector again this year if you could let me know if it's needed.

I think that's it!

33 days!! *squeeeeeee!*

*ahem*

Any More Volunteers?

I was really quite pleased by the responses I got in my call for volunteers in my previous post here.

I still have space so if you have a subject you would like to talk about, an activity you want to run or any other ideas, please comment here :)  And if you are thinking that there is something you want to do but aren't sure how, please drop me a line. 

Chair position

No, I'm not talking about furniture :-p

Unfortunately a change in circumstances (new job woo hoo!) means I will be stepping down as Chair at the AGM after this year's event. I am still 100% committed to making this year's Writercon the best it can be but I simply won't have the time to dedicate to another one after this.

Am giving plenty of notice so you can have a think about if you're interested in taking over. Am happy to answer any questions and I'm sure gillo will too as she's done it for a lot longer than I have.

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Hotel Booked!

Have just booked my hotel room! Only 2 months to go!

Wrintercon UK Needs YOU!

That's right - you!

What really makes Writercon is the participation of the attendees providing presentation and activities and the great thing about having so many different people getting involved is that it makes for a fun and varied programme.

Do you have a subject you'd like to do a presentation or lead a discussion on?  Would you like to do something more along the lines of a panel?  Or does this whole thing seem tempting but you wonder if you could... because if that's what you are thinking, I bet you can! :)

Please comment below with anything you would like to present/share with the group/run.  If you would like to discuss an idea with me then please do - I am happy to help.  I am also going to be putting the programme together and i am very much thinking, at this point, that it would be a great help to have some wonderful, interesting and fab things to include!

P.S.  Don't think I am getting away with doing nothing because I am NOT - I'm going to pitch in with something myself, which may or may not end up being titld "what has fandom done for me?" (and truth be told, I am actually rather looking forward to it!)

Signup Post For Writercon 2015

Dates:

Friday September 18th to Sunday 20th September

Venue:

Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry City Centre.

Membership Cost: £37.

This covers our room hire, refreshments on Saturday and Sunday morning and Saturday afternoon, our private room for Saturday evening dinner (but not the cost of that dinner or other meals) and, of course GOODY BAGS.

Programme:

Full programme will be available closer to the dates, but in outline you can expect; Quiz/Icebreaker, Goodie Bags and Introductions on Friday evening.

A full day of talks and workshops by fanfic writers, fan vidders, and fan artists, on Saturday, followed by socialising, and supper*.

More socialising, drawing of the raffle, and AGM on Sunday morning.

A special cocktail menu will be available at the bar just for us, as last year.

Accommodation:

Members will be responsible for booking their own accommodation. Gill has kindle arranged a special rate again this year so just mention you are attending the Writercon event. The price is £65 for a single room and £75 for a double - if you haven't been before here is their website.

Now the sign up bit; the comments to this post are screened and, to keep them that way, we will not reply directly to them. This means you can feel free to put the relevant info here. But if you prefer you can send it to me, or to davidbrider or tlanti, by PM. As long as we know the following;

1. The name you would like to have listed on your badge and the attendees list
2. Your fandoms (for quiz/icebreaker and workshop planning purposes)
3. Your primary fandom character (or pairing, if applicable) (this might be useful for the magical goodie bag creators) If you can also point to a source of pictures and information on less common fandoms, that would be wonderful too.
4. Any dietary preferences.

You may copy and paste this template, if it helps:

Your Online/Fandom Name:
Fandoms:
Primary Fandom and Pairing/Character:
Particular dietary preferences:

Payment

You may register now, by commenting to this post, without paying just yet – last call for payments will be a month before the event – but we are likely to start poking you before that if you haven’t paid up!

To pay - use this PayPal button.








Unless you make your on-line name obvious from your Paypal payment details please either include the name that the payment will come from in you info in the screened comment, or use the private message function to contact hils and let me know your real name, so that I can match the Paypal payment with your online identity. This is important, otherwise I will end up with a number of payments with no matching attendee, and a number of attendees without matching payments…

Please note:

Membership numbers are limited to a maximum of 40. Membership will be on a first- come first-served basis.

Finally - please do spread the word!

PS - I am actually deleting the comments regularly, after copying the info, to prevent any of us accidentally unscreening them - so don't be worried if your comment seems to have disappeared.

Get Your Diaries Out

Happy 2015 everyone!

I am happy to announce that with help from the wonderful gillo we now have a date for the 2015 event

WriterConUK 2015 will take place on Sept 18-20 at the Ramada in Coventry.

We'll have details soon on pricing etc but at the moment it's looking like it's not going to be too different from last year.

Watch this space!

The lovely tlanti will be asking for ideas for panels/workshops fairly soon so put your thinking caps on.

See you all there hopefully!

Possible minimeet

There was a suggestion at the last writerconuk event about meeting up next year in London for a 'minimeet'.

I think this is a really good idea and I am happy to organise it if everyone would like it to take place.  London seems the most sensible place to meet as it is central and most people can get into London for a day trip and find their way around if necessary.

We have had some minimeets in the past and these have included a trip to Highgate Cemetery, The London Aquarium and a trip to the British Museum.  All of these have concluded with a meal afterwards, and have been great fun.  I quite like the idea of a visit to the Natural History museum or perhaps an organised walk (there are some terrific tour guides and subjects cover Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, Secret London and London Street Food for reasonable prices and are really an amble so not too taxing).

However, the other day I was out with lilachigh and she suggested that people might prefer just to meet up somewhere in a pub and have a meal.  So I thought I'd better ask!

This will not take place before March next year and will be during a weekend to ensure as many people as possible can join in if they want.  So please complete the poll below and add suggestions of your own in comments and I'll take it from there....

Thanks!

Poll #1991985 Mini meet up question...

I would like to meet up for:

Just a meal - I'm happy to sit and chat somewhere central
4(33.3%)
I'd like to visit something like a museum and then go and eat
8(66.7%)
Something else - I'll say in comments
0(0.0%)

Photos

If anyone took any photos at the weekend that they wouldn't mind being shared on our various social media channels please let me know. Obviously please make sure the people in said photos don't mind their image being put out on the interwebs too.

I'd also like to get one or two photos up on the website if that's possible hesadevil

My weekend write up...

The second (and final) installment of my write up of this weekend can be found here.

Enjoy!

I'll be making some little banners for contributors and attendees at some point soon as usual.

WriterconUK first day!

Cross posted to monthlydiaryday my first day experience is here.

We're Go!

We're in the bar....

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Route to the hotel

When you arrive at Coventry station - if you do - you may notice they are digging up most of the area. Google Maps does not yet know this; nor, I suspect, do most SatNavs. Hence this post.

If you are arriving by train the hotel is about ten/eleven minutes' walk away. You can take a taxi - there is a rank right outside the station.

If you want to walk, the simplest route is to leave the station and walk round it, keeping the buildings on your left until you are facing the track and a big red fence. Turn right at this point and walk parallel to the tracks, going under the road bridge and beyond, out into a car park. You will spot a retail park in front of you, and a high-level walkway which crosses the railway above you (not the railway, the walkway. Duh) and has a staircase by American Golf Shop. (Why American? Search me.)

I think there's a pat under the high-level walkway, or you may need to go up the stairs. In any case you turn right at that point and aim for Westminster Road.

You turn left onto Westminster Road, right onto Regent's Street and left onto Queen's Road. The hotel is a couple of hundred yards further down, opposite a row of shops and restaurants.

Map:

Map Station to Ramada

The map has grey alternative routes.

If you are coming by car from the south, you need to arrive in Cov via the A45, and stay on it until you reach the traffic lights which offer you the choice of Kenilworth to your left or Earlsdon and City Centre to your right. Turn right. Stay on the road right down to the city centre, or as near as you can get, which is currently a gawd-awful mess of road works. Stay in the left lane after the Central Six roundabout. The lane becomes a slip road onto the Inner Ring Road. Hug the left side, and ignore all temptation to join the ring road. It veers off again to the left; you then take each left turn you can until you arrive at the hotel. The car park is on your left, just beyond the hotel. You take a ticket and the hotel reception will validate it for you when you want to leave. Conference parking is all free of charge.

If you are coming from the north, follow signs to the City Centre and get onto the Inner Ring Road. Try to go anti-clockwise and leave at the IKEA Plaza exit. (Yes, that is a Thing.) Then take the third exit at the roundabout, towards the Butts, and then left to Queen's Road.

Good luck. It takes a brave soul to venture on the Ring Road. If all else fails, text, tweet or FB one of us and we'll send out a search party.

Looking forward to seeing you! It will all be worth it, I promise!

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