Friday September 15th to Sunday 17th September
Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG
Membership Cost: £39.
This covers room hire, refreshments 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 and workshops by fanfic writers, fan vidders, and fan artists, 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 has once again arranged a special rate, so just mention that you're attending the Writercon event. The price is £70 for a single room and £80 for a double, and there will be a 15% discount for members on all food and drink charged to your room over the weekend! Car parking is free as a special favour to us. (The hotel does not own the car park).
There will be cocktail menus and a Friday evening trip to the Lebanese restaurant, Aqua, with sign-up sheets, as usual.
To sign up for Writercon UK 2017, 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.
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've decided to use PayPal's 'Send money to friends and family' facility.
( Instructions under the cut... )
Note that membership numbers are limited to a maximum of 40, and membership will be on a first-come first-served basis :-)
Financially, the minimum number of people we need to make the event possible is 18.
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:
Luke Bannon (lbjb247)
If you are thinking of coming to meet up in Coventry in September, but haven't quite decided, could you possible let me/us know that you are a possible?
This is because we have to start buying goody-bag stuff - and I need a rough idea of how many of each (new and exciting) thing to buy!
Also we need a rough idea of how many people to organise the sweeties for... It would be terrible if we underestimated and ran out.
So - if you've been meaning to sign up, but not quite got around for it - here is the sign-up post; you don't have to pay right away, either.
And if you just want to say 'I might be coming', leave a comment here, or send me a message or whatever works for you.
And finally; hobbituk says she will be driving up from somewhere in the Greater London area (you'll have to ask her where - I'm a bit vague about it I fear), and will happily give anyone* who contacts her a lift.
*Well - until her car is full, anyway!
Friday September 12th to Sunday 14th September
Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry City Centre.
Membership Cost: £35.
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.
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.
Members will be responsible for booking their own accommodation. Gill is discussing with the hotel whether we can get a special rate again this year - 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 gillo 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:
Primary Fandom and Pairing/Character:
Particular dietary preferences:
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 curiouswombat 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…
Membership numbers are limited to a maximum of 40. Membership will be on a first- come first-served basis.
There is a list of those who have already signed up HERE.
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.
Re Committee Membership;
daiseechain has decided to step down from her post as Secretary at the AGM in August, This means that she needs to be replaced this year.
gillo & I would be very happy to also step down, as we will have served for longer than previous committee members, should anyone want to take over as either Chairperson or Treasurer We are, otherwise, giving a full year's notice that we will step down at the AGM in 2014.
It's that time again!
Yes, that time of year when your committee go before you, caps in hands, bearing reminders that Writercon UK is nothing without the presentations and workshops that take place. Well, apart from the cocktails, obviously. And we'd love to hear from anyone who wants to present or run a workshop at this year's Event.
Have you been burning all year to furnish us with knowledge of the arcane arts of using crayons to depict scenes from Game Of Thrones?
Can you convince us that your word-smithery is second to none, by presenting Supernatural in iambic pentameter?
Do your actual-knitted-sock-puppets regularly perform The Hobbit on direct-to-you-tube?
All forms of writing, all the arts, and all the crafts are welcome!
Whether you want to share your experiences, or teach us how, we'll be glad to hear from you!
Feel free to leave a comment or to contact your friendly exec-members direct, and let us know what you'd like to do.
"I went to the Ramada today to arrange our booking. It appears they have a long-standing "first of the month" booking for "our" rooms for the Saturday afternoon.
Members voted for the first weekend in August back when we ran the poll. (That had already been booked by the Enemy Group even then. My bad for not checking first - many apologies.)
Our options are find a new hotel, try to force the Ramada to change their minds by threatening to find a new hotel, or go for the following weekend, the 9th-11th August.
I might be able to pressure the hotel into evicting their prior booking. I admit I am reluctant to do so - they are very keen to have us and are trying to get as close to last year's price as possible, and I'd like to maintain a positive relationship as far as possible.
Please vote in the poll and add any comments you wish to. If anyone has already booked time off and can't change, I'm very, very sorry for messing you around."
Please vote in the poll as we'd like your opinion on whether to change weekends or hotels.
The December 1st mini-meet has had a spanner thrown in the works. If you were/are planning on attending please head over to our livejournal account (for some reason DW hates my links today?) for information and stay tuned for further details.
The Occasionally Organized Secretary.
The poll results have been counted and verified and I can now reveal the date of next year's event
2nd-4th August 2013
YAY! For those organised enough to have calendars and diaries for next year already make a note. For everyone else make a mental note, book the time off work, arrange a babysitter etc
See you there!
If no-one can track it down I will go ahead and post the other two anyway - probably at the weekend, maybe next week.
As promised, we are preparing the date for next year's event nice and early so that you have plenty of time to plan and prepare. Please take a moment to fill in the below poll and let us know your preferences. We'll keep the poll open until the end of the month to allow people time to respond and we'll let you know the date after that.
In the event of a tie we may hold a tie-break poll or leave the decision in the hands of our glorious leaders.
Head on over to LJ to vote in the poll here.
If you don't have an LJ account or cannot vote for whatever reason please drop a comment here with your preferred dates and we'll add them to the tally at the end.
The only excuse is that we were busy 'doing things'.
The Ramada Hotel in Coventry now knows us pretty well - and upgraded almost all of us from basic rooms to the slightly more up-market ones that have their own wee sitting area.
They also coped with the request for us to be able to watch Eurovision as a group - reserving the TV end of the bar for us so that we could all sit and snark and cheer/jeer as the acts required, whilst drinking assorted beverages, many of them of an alcoholic nature. I have discovered that I rather like Martini after-eight cocktails!
But this is looking past the main part of the event...
I return to Saturday morning ( under this cut )
And I will finish there for now - much fun had, things learnt - and the report still to come from when we actually shared what we had learnt with each other on Sunday morning.
We managed to fit some presentations in amongst the refreshment breaks, cocktails, and dinners, and Saturday night was enhanced by some pretty spectacularly bad performances. And then after Eurovision we outdid ourselves with masterpiece theatre the likes of which you will never see again (we can only hope).
Shortly the presentations will be available here as vodcasts, and the minutes of possibly the shortest AGM in the history of Writercon UK will go up.
But before you come over all flush with those exciting prospects consider this: There will be mini-meets later this year! Oh yes, there will! And next year too!
And before you hyperventilate yourself into a faint, any day soon the poll to decide dates for next year's Event weekend will go up!
But wait... There's more! We already have a full line-up of presentations for 2013's Event!
Yes! You read that correctly! (Can I get any more exclamation marks into this post? Yes! I can!) We have a full line-up!* And it's not even 2013 yet!
It's This Friday!
Are you excited yet?
Bring your excitement! Bring your enthusiasm! Bring your best heckles and one-liners!
Your committee would just like to quietly and professionally remind you that The Event begins this Friday and is scheduled to last until
As has become traditional, everyone will get a 'raffle number' in their goody-bags. This is the reminder that we need prizes!
Got any odd fandom things you don't want any more? We've had books, T-shirts, posters, Spike action figures... I have a brilliant bag which is just the right size for my netbook that came out of the raffle a couple of years ago - bearing a discreet buffy logo.
Or something else geeky? We've had music tracks from movies, journals and note-books to help you write down your ideas if you still like a pen, a 'how to write fantasy book', promises to make icons or banners...
Chocolate or other comestibles? We got some excellent, and interesting, New Zealand goodies last year - and Quinara definitely left clutching a bottle...
You can even donate more than one thing if you want - we'll happily go round till we run out of prizes!
If The Event were an episode of our favourite shows the characters would be rolling between the sheets1, stealing top secret documents2, and staring death in the face3 before sauntering through their home town in a victory parade with banners proclaiming their glory4. And those are only the snippets we can show you on the trailer without giving the ending away!
The Event 2012! Don't change the channel because this is one episode you won't want to miss!
1. writing sex scenes
2. plagiarism and how not to do it
3. death in fic
4. creating banners
Wldecate, Brutti-ma-buonni, Thismaz, and Curiouswombat all did just that.
Due to Christmas (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) we didn't get around to givin those writers shiny award things.
KazzyCee has now made the shiny things -
They can be collected Here.
And what makes it so entertaining, so elucidating, so educating?
Why you of course!
You and your debates, your panels, your quizzes, your speakings and learnings!
Yes, that's right. It's time to get down to talking about talking.
What topics about creating fanfic, fanart, fanvids, fancrafts or the craft of being a fan would you like to see covered this year?
Have you a can of worms in the back of your pantry that you'd like to open up?
How about a mud pie you'd love to sling?
Was there a point that was touched on briefly in previous years that you wish had been expanded for discussion?
Or perhaps some new creative hydra has arisen and you seek support from your colleagues in creative arms on ways the beast may be bested?
Tell us what topics you want to hear!
Tell us what topics you most hold dear!
Into what mysteries shall we delve,
At the Writercon UK Event 2012?