Monday, January 14, 2013

Wordcraft -- Writing conference roundup

Last Monday’s roundup of literary festivals was intended primarily for readers (including readers who are writers). Today’s is full of craft for writers, although I often think serious readers can benefit from knowing how writers do their job. Writers of science fiction and fantasy should note that because the 2013 World Science Fiction Society’s convention (Worldcon) meets in San Antonio this summer, nearby Austin will not hold its summer ArmadilloCon this year. ArmadilloCon will return in 2014. FenCon in Dallas is scheduled later than usual as well, to avoid conflict with Worldcon.

March 29-30 -- Dreamin’ in Dallas, convention of the Dallas Area Romance Authors. Doubletree Hotel in Richardson, 1981 N. Central Expressway. I have not attended, but the cost ($149 for early registration by non-DARA members) looks reasonable and includes an appointment with an agent or editor. For registration, list of participants, and additional information, see

April 5-6 -- Houston Writers Guild Conference (spring). Sugar Land Marriott Town Square Hotel, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land. I attended this in 2012 and found the workshops and speakers worthwhile. Appointments with limited number of agents are available for additional charge. The Guild also sponsors short story anthologies. For information, including costs, see

April 26-28 -- Poetry at Round Top, 248 Jaster Road, Round Top. Workshops and critique groups. Limited number of private consultations with a publisher available. I have not attended, and am afraid I tend to slight poets, but this is a well-respected conference. See

May 4-5 -- DFW Writers Conference, Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Dr., Hurst. Cost ($259 for early registration through February 4) includes one agent consultation. Conference sponsor DFW Writers’ Workshop is considering adding additional agent consultations for an added fee. I attended this the last two years and found it informative and helpful. For registration and additional information see

June 21-23 -- Writers League of Texas Conference, Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs, in Austin. The big one in Texas. Early bird reduced registration through tomorrow, January 15. Agent consultations may be added for additional fee. I have attended this and found it helpful. Also sponsors a manuscript contest. See

July 12-14 -- LexiCon Writers Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd., Denton. This conference began in 2012. Although I did not attend, the workshops on topics related to mystery and crime writing looked appealing, and I hope to attend this year. Includes panel of agents and publishing representatives. See

July 19-21 -- The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. As the name implies, this conference sponsored by the North School of Journalism is aimed at nonfiction writers. At this point, information on the 2013 conference is limited. For updates, see

October 4-8 -- FenCon, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas, 14315 Midway Road (actually in the Dallas suburb of Addison). A science fiction and fantasy convention with a writing workshop and short story contest. This year‘s writing workshop leaders, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, are editors for the publisher Tor. Con membership ($30 early registration for adults) is required. I have attended this several times and found it helpful. Last year’s additional charge for the workshop was $25, but 2013 additional is yet to be determined. For additional information as it becomes available, see

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