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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.

See you tomorrow!

Just some last minute details:

The Lebanese restaurant. A table for 20 is booked for 8.00. (They know us: "Yes, you come every year; you all have funny nicknames.") 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).

The Buffet. hab318princess has kindly been liaising with the hotel staff for us, and we've agreed the following menu:

Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Onion Cream (on the side) Allergens: Milk
Salad Station: Mixed Leaves, peppers, red onion, pomegranate
Meat & Cheese Board: Ham, peppered pastrami, salami, cheese, tapenade Allergens: Milk

Chicken Fillets with a mushroom, caper & parsley sauce* Allergens: Milk
Tilapia Fillets with a sautee leeks, fennel & mustard sauce* Allergens: Milk, Mustard
Roast Cauliflower Risotto (v)
Served with roast potatoes and roasted Mediterranean vegetables (with no tomatoes!).
* We've asked for the sauces to be served separately.

Chocolate Torte Allergens: Milk, Trace of nuts. Gluten free
Mixed Fruit Eton Mess Allergens: Milk
Fresh Fruit Salad

There will also be wine and soft drinks provided.

Saturday Lunchtime. There will be a special menu for us, with a wide choice, at lunchtime on Saturday.

Cocktails. We will have a special cocktail menu as usual.

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.

Bar Food. They have a new system where you have to order bar food in the restaurant, but you can eat it in the bar. Not sure how it works, but we'll find out tomorrow!

See you tomorrow in the bar!
Just two weeks to go until this year's event on September 7, and the hotel has asked us to give them final numbers by next Thursday so, if you're still thinking of joining us,

you must sign up by Wednesday 29!

(If you want to see who else is attending, there's a list 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 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

On the Friday night, most of us go to the Aqua Lebanese restaurant (which is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel). The food is delicious and we have a lot of fun.

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

Just four weeks until Writercon UK 2018!

If you've signed up but haven't yet paid your membership fee, please pay asap -- there are instructions on the sign-up post. (And if you're not sure whether you've paid or not, just PM me and I'll check for you ;-)

If you're still deciding: the hotel has asked us to confirm numbers at least two weeks before the event. So

please sign up here by Friday 24 August.

We'll post the programme of events as soon as it's finalised, but I can already tell you that there will be a craft session, two or three talks about various aspects of fandom and creating fanworks, discussion panels, a fandom quiz, a fandom game, and the raffle, plus lots of time to socialise.

Hope to see you there!


2 months to go!

Roll up roll up! This is the official call to attendees for speakers.

"OMG!" I hear you cry - "I can't speak in front of people!!".

Well that's not a problem as someone from the committee will happily support you if you need it (either by physically being there to take a role in the presentation, and/or with help putting it together), but it would be great if we could have at least one more person willing to lead a discussion, or talk about something fandom related. It can be anything!

We have 90 minutes to fill. This can mean 3 half hour presentations/discussions or 1 hour long and one half hour, one. We have a projector and laptop for visual aids such as videos/pictures and notes if that's what you want as part of it.

Please reply in comments here or alternatively we are also happy to take suggestions for talks/discussions and please pimp far and wide as someone may not of heard of the event and might still want to come (we have a few places left).


Don't forget!! WriterconUK 2018

It's only two months until this year's meeting at the Ramada Hotel, Coventry, on 7 - 9 September. We officially have enough people to go ahead, but more will be much merrier, so do please come and join us if you can!

We have several talks and a craft session planned -- more details nearer the time -- but we'll be asking for a few more volunteers in a separate post, so if you have a fandom-related enthusiasm you'd like to share with the rest of us, we want to hear from you!

The sign-up post is here!


Roomie Search

Hi all

I have a friend who is interested in coming this year but they can't afford a single hotel room. Is anyone looking for someone to share with them?

Writercon UK 2018 Sign-up Post!!

For those who prefer to use Dreamwidth, there is also a sign-up post here.

Edit: Some people have had a problem booking a room at our special rate, but we've spoken to the hotel and all is sorted! Note that you do need to book by phone rather than online.

Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September

Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG

Membership Cost: £42.
This covers room hire, refreshments during breaks (including tea, coffee, pastries and cookies!) 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, workshops and a craft session, 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 and hab318princess have arranged a special rate, so just 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.

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


Please, unless you really can't avoid it, don't wait until the last minute to sign up.

At last year's AGM, members voted to increase the membership fee to by £5 to £42 to cover increased costs. Financially, however, we will still need 19 people to ensure that we can pay for the venue, plus wine and goody bags. Last year, and the year before, we had a scare, and for a while we thought we'd have to cancel the event. This year, we'll be posting reminders on LJ and Dreamwidth, and sending out emails, hils will be promoting us on social media as usual, and we'll generally be chasing you a bit. At the AGM we discussed setting a cut-off date ("Sign up by such-a-date or it's off") but no one can decide on a sensible date, so please sign up as soon as you can! You can pay nearer the time.


Signing up
To sign up for Writercon UK 2018, 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.

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 a month 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.

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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 (20):

Pixie Barefoot
Winifred Zachery

WriterConUK 2018 -- a date for your diary!

Hello everybody!

I'm very pleased to announce that, thanks to some brilliant negotiating by gillo and hab318princess, we have a date for our 2018 meeting.

WriterConUK 2018 will take place on 7th-9th September at the Ramada in Coventry.

Look out for the sign-up post, which will appear soon.

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

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 :)



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