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Friday 13th September to Sunday 15th September

Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG

Membership Cost: £49.
This covers room hire, refreshments (including tea, coffee, biscuits and cake!) during breaks 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 evening: Introductions, quiz, goody bags and socialising.
Saturday: A full day of talks, workshops and a craft session, followed by more socialising and the buffet.
Sunday morning: Fun, the AGM, the raffle, even more socialising... and goodbyes :-(

Members are responsible for booking their own accommodation. We have arranged a special rate, so do mention that you're attending the Writercon event. The price is £70 per night for a single room and £80 for a double, and includes a breakfast buffet (where you can choose anything from a full English breakfast to fruit and yogurt). Car parking is free as a special favour to us. The Ramada has asked us to point out that September is a particularly busy month, and once the rooms are gone they're gone, so please reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.

As usual, there will be optional alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, and an optional Friday evening trip to the Lebanese restaurant, Aqua.


Signing up


At £49 per person, we need 16 people to ensure that we can pay for the venue and refreshments (plus wine and goody bags). Should we have to cancel, the Ramada will charge us a cancellation fee, and if we leave it till less than 30 days before the event, it will more than wipe out Writercon UK's finances, so we have to have 16 people signed up before 10th August or Writercon UK 2019 cannot go ahead!

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

Your answers are used to compile the quiz questions, choose the items for your goody bag, plan talks, workshops, and craft sessions, etc, and to select suitable menus for Saturday, so do, please, fill in the form and tell us your current fandoms and your dietary needs!

Your data -- username, real name, email address and PayPal account name -- will be used for the purpose of organising Writercon UK meetings only. It will be stored securely for two years, after which time it will be deleted, but you can ask to be removed from our mailing list and have your data deleted at any time.

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

This year we're using PayPal's 'Send money to friends and family' facility.

Instructions under the cut...Collapse )


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 of your friends!


People signed up so far: (5)

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Writercon UK 2019 -- Reminder!!

Don't forget: this year's meet-up will take place on Friday 13th September to Sunday 15th September at Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG. The Membership Cost is £49 (to cover room hire, wine, goody bag, and a small contribution towards the craft materials).

We need at least 16 people to sign up before 10 August for the event to go ahead, so please sign up here as soon as you can -- you can pay nearer the time if it's more convenient.

The sooner you sign up and we know your current fandoms, the easier it will be to organise talks, the craft project, the quiz and the goody bags, so expect to see more reminders :-)

Writercon UK 2019 -- 13th-15th September!

We had 11 responses to the poll, and a large majority voted for the second option, 13th-15th September, so we have booked the Ramada Hotel, Coventry for that weekend.

Look out for the sign-up post, which will be up shortly.


Hello everybody! It's that time of year again!

We have contacted the Ramada Hotel, Coventry, and, unfortunately, the date we agreed at the AGM -- 6th-8th September -- is already taken, but the weekends before and after are free. So, which date do you prefer? Please vote below.

Poll #2090959 Writercon UK 2019 Dates Poll

Which date do you prefer?

30th August-1st September (NB the preceding Monday, 26th August, is a bank holiday)
13th-15th September

In case you need to check, tlanti has sourced a calendar of conventions here.

Small Bear Pics.

Bill asked for pics....

Here they are sharing a lolly from my goody bag -

And here is their new home -


Someone mentioned a costume database ...

Who was it? And if you are here, or can remember, what was it called?
Each year the writerconuk weekend simply whizzes by!  It's so nice to see folks who you only ever interact with online in person - I've only been going for 3 years, but it feels like I've known everyone forever.  And this year there were newbies too, which was really nice.   What's special is the way we all pick up from last year like it's been days, not months.  It's a really friendly group and everyone is made welcome.  Better still, it's not just for people who create art or write - people who just read or comment are also drawn into the fold and made to feel like they belong.

So, on with the details.  Behind the cut to save scrolling...
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After the AGM we all started to drift off - some to their cars, other to the bar to await the departure time to catch their trains.  It was lovely to see everyone again, and sad that it was all over.

I went home on the A and B roads again, and got home just before 4pm, as they say, tired but happy.

Seriously, if anyone thinks it sounds like fun, IT IS!  If you can come along you really should - we get a good rate for the hotel (including parking) and the fee to attend isn't huge.  So, so worth it.  Go on, you know you want to...


We just got home about 5 minutes ago. Crossing was a bit lumpy, but fortunately Ben-my-Chree is not only stabilised side to side, but pretty well against a head on sea as well, so it was not too bad. Mind, you can always tell if it is a bit rough - the only thing eaten or drunk around us after we left port was fizzy water... and there was not a lot of conversation :)

It was lovely to see you all - and there is a room here if anyone fancies a holiday. (Sailings are usually smother than ours - and there are lots of flights - pity I am a flight-phobic.)

My fandom talk from this year's event

You can find a .pdf file of my 2018 presentation on The Magic of Lighting here. You can see my notes for the presentation under each slide so should be able to get a flavour of the talk even if you weren't there.

I can't embed the video clips in the .pdf I had but here is the reference about how the face changes in different light.
The key lights clip from Bladerunner 2049 can be found here
The almost final slide clip which covers almost all the parts I highlighted in the talk can be found here.

Writercon write up.....

My write up of the weekend can be found on my journal here (unlocked)....


Now I need to see if I can post my talk.....

Making a tissue box

What fun! Fandom tissues!!


Look it all the gorgeous donated raffle prizes! Looking forward to the raffle tomorrow :)
We have our own area specially for us in the bar!!

MIssing you all already!

So sorry not to be able to make it this year, I hope you all have a wonderful time and I look forward to reading about your 2018 Coventry adventures. Might even mix myself a cocktail this evening!


After three years of sterling work, hab318princess has decided to step down as Treasurer so, at the AGM on Sunday, we'll be calling for a replacement.

Please have a think if this is something you are interested in doing. I'm sure hab318princess will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the position and what it involves.

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