Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the conference?

The 2018 conference is Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2018, with pre-conference Master Classes on Friday, October 12, 2018.

How long is the conference?

Two days, Saturday, 8:45 AM to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exact times are subject to change.

Where is the conference?

This conference is held every year in Richmond, Virginia.

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 783-7300

For parking and directions, please visit Richmond Convention Center. Travel information is posted on our Travel page.

Where are the Friday Pre-conference Master Classes?

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch
101 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 646-7223

Who is speaking this year?

Information changes frequently as more speakers are added; please check our Speakers page for updated information.

How much is a ticket and what does it include?

Early Bird Two-Day Ticket (through July 31, 2018)

$230 Members; $285 Non-members

Regular Two-Day Ticket (August 1 through October 13, 2018)

$280 Members; $335 Non-members

Full-time Student ticket (High school, college, or graduate school)

$125 (must document full-time student status)

One Day and Master Class Tickets

  • One-Day Saturday or Sunday ticket: $175 Members; $195 Non-members
  • Master Class: $45 Members; $65 Non-members

Your Two-Day Ticket includes:

  • Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast
  • Saturday and Sunday buffet lunch
  • Keynote session on Saturday
  • First Pages session on Sunday
  • The Agent Dating Game on Sunday
  • The opportunity to book one meeting with an agent or editor and one one-on-one consultation with a published author
  • Over twenty breakout sessions to choose from over the two days
  • A variety of workshop intensives to choose from to learn one or two specific skills on both Saturday and Sunday
  • The opportunity to have a character consultation with a real therapist
  • Networking opportunities
  • Meet-and-greet for first-time attendees

Your One-Day Saturday Ticket includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Keynote session
  • The opportunity to book one meeting with an agent or editor and one one-on-one consultation with a published author
  • Twelve breakout sessions to choose from over the two days
  • A variety of workshop intensives to choose from to learn one or two specific skills
  • The opportunity to have a character consultation with a real therapist
  • Networking opportunities
  • Meet-and-greet for first-time attendees

Your One-Day Sunday Ticket includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • First Pages session
  • The Agent Dating Game
  • The opportunity to book one meeting with an agent or editor and one one-on-one consultation with a published author
  • Over twenty breakout sessions to choose from over the two days
  • A variety of workshop intensives to choose from to learn one or two specific skills on both Saturday and Sunday
  • The opportunity to have a character consultation with a real therapist
  • Networking opportunities

How many Master Classes can I take?

You can take up to three two-hour Master Classes on Friday, October 12; however, you must buy a Master Class ticket for each class you take.

What should I wear?

Attendees generally wear business casual or casual attire. During the day, you will be moving throughout the convention center so wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and shoes.

How do I register?

Complete a Conference Registration form and pay the corresponding fees.

Cancellations

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing by mail or email by midnight on October 1, 2018, to [email protected]. A cancellation fee of 15% of your total will apply. No refunds will be issued after October 1, 2018. Refunds will be credited to your credit card account (or mailed if fee was paid by check) within 30 days after the conference.

Special Needs

Reasonable accommodations will be made for attendees with special needs. If you have special needs, please indicate on your registration form or send your written request to [email protected] by September 15, 2018.

How do I become a sponsor?

Contact Katharine Herndon at [email protected].

I have another question. Who can help me?

Complete our Contact Us form, and someone will get back to you.