Filling the Event Calendar

Sometimes, you just get lucky.

Of course, the luck you get might not be the luck you were looking for. Still, in a world where opportunities arise without any rhyme or reason, you’ve got little choice but to take what you are given.

And I’ve been given plenty.

When the Conference Comes to You

One way budding writers can make a name for themselves is by attending conferences that focus either on writing or specific genres. For example, the World Science Fiction Convention (or WorldCon) has traditionally been a great place to network, but it’s far from the only one.

And not only is con culture helpful for people looking to break into the industry. It’s also loads of fun. Hanging out with people who are passionate about the subject matter, meeting luminaries of the field, games, art shows, roundtables and kaffeeklatches—there’s a million different things to do.

Now, some of these cons occur in the same city every year, while others tour the planet. To use WorldCon as an example again, it has a different host city every year, and while it frequently lands stateside, finding temporary homes in places like Reno, Chicago, Vegas, and other domestic locales, it can also wander off to places like Japan, England, France, or other international destinations.

Having a big con come to your town is a big deal, especially if you’re a creator. So you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that another large conference, World Fantasy Con, is coming to Salt Lake City this year—practically my own backyard.

Planning Ahead

I went ahead and bought my ticket this week. And one thing led to another and…I started scheduling my event calendar for the year.

Because I need to get serious about networking, and World Fantasy Con is far from my only opportunity.

So I went ahead and reserved my place at the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium in Provo (whose ticketing also opened this week). And I tried to make a reservation for LDS Storymakers (also in Provo), but they were already sold out, even though it had only been three days since their registration opened.

I may have to pounce on other opportunities as well. This year’s WorldCon is in New Zealand, and while it’s not impossible for me to attend, there are probably better ways to allocate that much money. So I have to be on the lookout for other events.

Which brings me to an even more exciting opportunity.

Wanna Meet Up?

I might as well ask.

Anyone going to World Fantasy Con in October, or even LTUE in just a few weeks? I’m going to be at both, and if you’ve ever wondered what I’m like in person, now’s your chance.

Or, on the other hand, do you know of any really good writers events you would like me to attend? I’ll at least consider whatever offer you have in mind.

And it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. I just think it’s important to meet some of the people you interact with online, even if it’s just for an hour.

Let me know what you think.

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