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Choosing an event or conference to attend is no easy feat. Cost, location and timing are all factors in deciding which events to attend so I figured I needed a good list of all the many wonderful (Romance, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy) events out there. Hopefully this list is helpful to you as well. If there’s an event that you’re attending that isn’t listed, please share it with me by leaving a comment. I’ll keep updating this list as I get new information on the cons I’ve already listed and as I find new events.

 

2013 Industry/Writer Events

Romance Writers of America – 33rd Annual Conference
July 17–20, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia

San Diego Comic-Con International
July 18-21, 2013
San Diego, California

RNConvention (Jimmy Thomas Event)
August 7-11, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunshine Coast Festival of Written Arts
August 15-18, 2013
Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada

Dragon Con
August 30-Sept. 2
Atlanta, Georgia

New York ComicCon
October 10-13, 2013
New York City, NY

Emerald City Writers’ Conference
October 18-20, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Surrey International Writers’ Conference 
October 25-27, 2013
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Writers Fest
October 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Abroad Writers’ Conference
December 9-16, 2013
Waterford County, Ireland

2013 Reader-focused Events

Authors After Dark
August 15-18th 2013
Savannah, Georgia

Lora Leigh – Reader Appreciation Weekend

September 19-22, 2013
Hagerstown, MD

Indie Romance Convention
October 4-5, 2013
Lebanon, Tennessee

Elora’s Cave Romanticon
October 10-13, 2013
Canton, OH

Hot Mojave Knights
October 18-20, 2013
Las Vegas, Neavada

Southern Magic Romance Readers’ Luncheon
November 2, 2013
Birmingham, AL

2014 Industry/Writer Events

Emerald City Comicon 
March 28-30 2014
Seattle, Washington

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
May 14-18, 2014
New Orleans

Book Expo America
May 28-31, 2014
New York, New York

Arizona Dream
May 29-30, 2014
Chandler, Arizona

Crested Butte Writers Conference
June 5-8, 2014
Colorado

RNConvention (Jimmy Thomas Event)
July 9-13, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

Romance Writers of America – 34th Annual Conference
July 23–26, 2014
San Antonio, Texas

Surrey International Writers’ Conference
October 24-26, 2014
Surrey, BC (Canada)

2014 Reader-focused Events

Coastal Magic
Februrary 6-9, 2014
Daytona Beach, Florida

Wicked Book Weekend
March 7-9, 2014
Orlando, Florida

Romfest 2014 (Co-Sponsored by Trista Ann Michaels and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers)
March 19-23, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee

Reader & Author Get Together (Lori Foster Event)
June 5-8, 2014
West Chester, Ohio

Utopya Con
June 20-22, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee

RomCon
June 18-21, 2014
Colorado

Penned Con
September 11-14, 2014
St. Louis, MO

Indie Romance Convention
September 11-14, 2014
Lebanon, TN

Future INDUSTRY/WRITER EVENTS

Florida Romance Writers Conference (Fun in the Sun)
Feb 5-9, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Cruise)

Romance Writers of America – 35th Annual Conference
July 22–25, 2015
New York, New York

Romance Writers of America – 36th Annual Conference
July 13-16, 2016
San Diego, California

Romance Writers of America – 37th Annual Conference
July 26-29, 2017
Orlando, Florida

2015 READER-FOCUSED EVENTS

Romancing The Capital
April 17-18, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)

 

Are you planning to attend any of these? Or attending an event I haven’t listed? Please use the comment form below to share it with me! Also, if you’re a convention newbie like me, you might find Hildie Mcqueen’s convention advice very useful! And some further convention advice from industry great, Colleen Lindsay. Have a read through both articles, I think they’re both very useful!

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4 comments

  1. October 27, 2013 at 6:19 am Eve Langlais

    Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know about the second Indie Romance Convention being held Sep 11th-14th 2014 in Lebanon TN. http://indieromancecon.com/
    It provides panels for readers and authors, as well as swag, fun events and a book signing event.
    Thanks
    Eve :)

  2. February 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm Eve Langlais

    Hi
    I was hoping to add a new conference to your list.
    Romancing The Capital, April 17th & 18th 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. http://orc.evelanglais.com
    It’s for readers and writers who love the romance genre. :)
    Thank you,
    Eve

  3. June 27, 2014 at 5:27 am Victoria Pinder

    Florida Romance Writers is hosting their bi annual Writers Cruise Conference again in 2015. Julia Quinn is the key note and there is a book signing at sea. More information is on frwriters.org/

  4. September 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm Liz Donatelli

    Another literary event of note is BOOK’D IN BURBANK in Los Angeles, California.
    Book’d is a bookish social gathering that treats book lovers to an evening of author readings (mystery, romance & YA) and literary entertainment.

    This is a quarterly event (January, April, July & October).
    Details and ticket info are available via http://www.bookdevent.com.

    Happy Reading!

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