It’s a chance to get together, meet new friends and talk about SF, or Fantasy or whatever else you like to talk about.
If you are looking to game, we have lots of gaming. We have Japanese Animation. We have Special Music with Mikey Mason, Jonah Knight, Danny Birt, The Blibbering Humdingers, Griff’s Room Band and many others. We have the excellent comedy of Luna-C and the dance of Treasures in the Sand. We have Writers, Artists, and Costumers who discuss their trade. We have scientists from NASA. We have friendly GHOSTS! Yes people the Hotel is haunted. We have Marso the Martian! We have Panels and Workshops. We have a great Dealers Room and an excellent Art show. We feature programming for your Kids, so you can bring along the whole family, and they won’t get bored!
Add in the God Emperor of All Con Suites and you have a great recipe for a con. Basically, we are lots of fun for everyone.
The Book 'Em North Carolina annual event brings together at least 75 authors under one roof to speak on a variety of subjects and to sell their books. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event (a minimum of 40%) is given to the community - Robeson County and Lumberton, North Carolina - for the purpose of increasing literacy and reducing crime.
The event is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend. There will be authors with children's books as well as authors from a large variety of genres: mystery/suspense, romance, historical, non-fiction, and much more.
To see where the money goes from Book 'Em North Carolina, check out this page from our 2012 event.
This convention was resurrected in 2010 by a collection of cool zany and passionate people that wanted to keep the family-friendly traditions of open gaming, enjoyment of different literature, arts, imaginations and camaraderie any Con-goer will surely enjoy!
As the largest gathering of authors, writers, and readers in the Commonwealth, and, indeed, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Book Festival has become an integral part of the community and is presented in a unique partnership of contributors that includes the VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs in a wide range of topics set among a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.
Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children's authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel to a discussion on running a book club; from a workshop on book-binding to a discussion on freelancer's rights. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.
The daylong festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with check-in and refreshments. Participants may purchase lunch in the Moody Center dining room. The Literary Festival is free and open to the public. All readings and the panel discussion will be held in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium (Room 200).
Support for the Literary Festival is provided by the John Alexander and Mary Josephine Haynes Allen Literary Endowment, the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fund. The Lex Allen Literary Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
Admission to ALL SHOWS is FREE if you register for the events HERE If you decide NOT to register, we ask for a small $5 donation to an on-site charity per person, per show.
Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.
The event was conceived and introduced by Gaithersburg Council Member Jud Ashman, with the support of the May
or and City Council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The Festival is produced by a core committee comprised of city staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and talent.
Funded almost entirely by generous sponsors and supported by the City of Gaithersburg, the Festival is free to attend, offers free parking and is open to everyone.
Anyone who is interested in any of the myriad forms of science fiction or fantasy (books, magazines, films, video, games, television, etc.) is invited to become a member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (otherwise known as BSFS). Dues are only $35 per year (our fiscal year is Oct 1 to Sep 30); this includes membership in Balticon with the understanding that BSFS members attending Balticon are expected to volunteer a bit of their time either preparing for the convention or at the convention.
Registration forms for both the conference and Cedar Lakes lodging and meals will be posted soon, as well as information on the workshop presenters.
Prepare yourself for in-class critiques and find yourself immersed in lively discussions with fellow writers as your leader guides your conversation along. With such tranquility along with rousing discussion, the atmosphere at the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop is sure to bring out the best in your writing.
We plan to host a fair amount of interactive programming, in addition to traditional programming like panel discussions, gaming, concerts, a costume contest and a charity auction. This allows the fans an opportunity to interact directly with the guests and other fans.
You'll meet published authors and learn about their adventures in publishing. And you'll have an opportunity to pitch three of the the industry's top agents.
FOR OVER 15 YEARS, THE WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP has featured some of the most innovative voices, including: Gail Galloway Adams, Steve Almond, Stephen Amidon, Erin Belieu, Pinckney Benedict, Mark Brazaitis, Peter Cameron, Nick Carbo, Joan Connor, Michael Czyzniejewski, Denise Duhamel, MaryBeth Fisher, James Harms, Patricia Henley, Brian Henry, Tony Hoagland, Ann Hood, John Hoppenthaler, Alison Joseph, Laura Kasischke, Gerry LaFeminia, Peter Makuck, Shara McCallum, Rebecca McClanahan, Paula McClain, John McKernan, Irene McKinney, Jane Mead, Kelly Moffett, Kevin Oderman, Robert Olmstead, Ann Pancake, Nancy Reisman, Sheri Reynolds, Mary Ann Samyn, Faith Shearin, Aleda Shirley, Ethel Morgan Smith, David St. John, Jane Varley, Cheryl Ware, Michael Waters, Michael C. White, Richard Wiley and others.
Artists' Alley will be teeming with talent, as usual! The authors will be selling and signing their books. The fan groups and clubs who attend bring fun and excitement to everyone. It is always such a thrill to see so many Klingons running around. The vendors bring a lot of cool, interesting merchandise from which to choose.
Mission Statement: To raise community awareness of reading, promote reading, and educate about the processes related to writing books, and to encourage and support Virginia's authors.
A non-profit event, the Hanover Book Festival is dedicated to raising awareness of reading and books.
We are proud to offer over 3,500 hours of non-stop programming, concerts, a film festival, the South’s largest costume contest, and the largest Art Show in all of fandom. Each year we review the highs and lows of the past and make changes to help support the show. We are happy to share with you some of the planned changes for the 2013 convention, which is sure to be the biggest and best yet thanks to our amazing fans and volunteers.
Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, memoir, poetry, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available.
• History • Ghosts • Biographies/Memoirs • How-To • Poetry • Cookbooks • Mystery • Romance • Fiction • Adventure • Children's • Self-Improvement • Young Adult • Non-Fiction • Science Fiction • Fantasy • Military • Suspense • Travel •
The Book Fair in the main section of the Williamsburg Community Building has area authors discussing and signing their books. The College of William & Mary Bookstore is the official book seller of the Festival. Spend the day browsing the Book Fair or attending a presentation, panel discussion or workshop held throughout the Festival.
The Williamsburg Book Festival is part of Williamsburg's Arts Month. The theme this year is "Art Inspires..." to highlight how art affects all aspects of our lives.
Bring your paper and pen for a writing exercise where you will create a flash story inspired by a piece of artwork. Open mic follows to read your work!
Each year, the festival:
Advances children’s education by hosting specially tailored writing workshops or readings for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels and by publishing an annual anthology of student writing in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion.
Makes literature fun by showcasing literary events in an active, engaging atmosphere that includes skits, dance, storytelling and more, and by introducing young people to living authors whose work they’re reading in the classroom.
Connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers and hear behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing.
Builds community by connecting with senior centers, book clubs, special interest community groups, libraries, bookstores and many others.
Encourages cultural diversity by combining common points of cultural reference with forums for discussion of our shared stories.
Gives sponsors a chance to support regional programs, and attracts the broadest possible cross-section of families and individuals throughout the area.
Fall for the Book, an IRS-recognized non-profit corporation, is governed by a board of directors that meets throughout the year.
Events take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the festival’s base, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.
Over its 15-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. President and Mrs. Obama have served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the present.
The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2010, National Book Festival Board Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein has been the festival’s lead benefactor and has pledged funding for the festival for five more years.
Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has been our organization’s signature event, and our most meaningful contribution to the literary community in central Virginia. Well-respected within the publishing industry, we have attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this two-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere.
Started in 1936, Philcon features cutting-edge programming about literature, art, television, film, anime, comics, science, gaming, costuming and cosplay, music, and other topics of interest to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. We will also have many other attractions, such as our awesome Art Show and Auction; a Vendors' Room full of unique merchandise; a full slate of Children's/Family programming; our Writer's Workshop (featuring professional authors and editors); Concerts; the Time Traveler's Masquerade Ball, our Masquerade/Costume Competition, and more!