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    UK Writing Conventions?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Thomas Kitchen, Apr 25, 2013.

    Hi there,

    I've seen another poster on here asking about a writing convention in Aspen, and that got me thinking, "Writing Convention? I should really go to one, considering I'm a writer!" But what I'm asking is this: I don't have enough money to fly or go anywhere apart from the UK, and I was wondering if anyone knew of some writing conventions coming up either this year or next year. They can be big or small, but I would just like to get a general idea (and maybe talk to some publishers and agents!). :D

    I did do a quick search and found out that the World Fantasy Convention is taking place in Brighton this year, so I will go to that as a reader and general writer, but I will have finished my post-apocalyptic book by then and wouldn't mind talking to some people about it (31st Oct- 3rd Nov). Would post-apocalyptic count as fantasy (please be aware that there's nothing like mutants in it, but there is, I suppose, a general feeling of 'otherworldliness')?

    Sorry for the long post; answer away! :D
     
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    I don't think fantasy has to be all magic and dragons. I too have a post apocalyptic book that I consider a science fiction/fantasy as the world doesn't really exist. I say give it a go because the worst thing that will happen is you learn something. that's my view on the one in aspen.
     
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    Post-apocalyptic without the mythical or magical element would be sci-fi, not fantasy. Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic or other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting.
     
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    it's not really a 'should'... while some may think it's helpful for beginners, many pros and seasoned writers never go to any writers' conferences...
     
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    I don't think writer's conferences are as big here in the UK as the are in the US. Personally, these kinds of events are not really my thing, but if you really want to go, I don't see why not go to the one in Brighton. You'll still get to meet other writers and agents some of which will represent the genre you are writing in.
     
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    I have been to a couple of World Fantasy conventions and they're great. Unfortunately haven't attended for a few years, so can't say if it is still true, but World Fantasy was a 'business' type of convention attended by a lot of writers, editors and publishers.

    It doesn't matter if you're writing science fiction or fantasy, Rob Sawyer goes every year and I don't recall him writing any fantasy. Also, people like David Hartwell of Tor buy both SF and fantasy. Even the panel discussions seemed so much more informative than those at my local conventions. They had a 'meet the author' night, with all the attending 'greats' in one room, some people lug around boxes of books to get signed.

    I hope you have a wonderful time:)
     

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