This post is so overdue, it’s almost not worth posting…almost. This year, Wester Con came to Salt Lake City, so Conduit decided to combine the two conferences together. As the time for the conference approached, they realized that Fantasy Con would take place the same weekend and directly across the street. There was nothing left to do – they combined all three. This was an amazing deal, three conferences for the price of one, however, I quickly learned that things like Fantasy Con and Comic Con are more for fans than writers. That isn’t to say that I didn’t learn anything, but it was a bit limited in what it offered to writers. It was definitely more fan based.
One of the best things was going to the live Writing Excuses podcasts. They did several episodes each day. Some were more helpful than others, but they were all amazing and had great guests.
Wester Con had a lot more to offer writers in education…and food! We pretty much got free lunch on two of the days. Score!
Networking was my favorite part. I got to spend some more time getting re-acquainted with several authors. Lexie and I were able to have a great conversation with Mary Robinette Kowal during the ice cream social. We talked about everything from writing to hobbies, from books to movies. It was such a great conversation that I didn’t even want to stop to take pictures. She’s very down to earth and has a lot of interests.
Overall, it was good, but I don’t think I’ll attend another Fantasy Con until I’m published. Right now, writing conferences are more beneficial to me than “fan” cons.