The New England Speculative Writers converge on April 18, 2020 in Portland, Maine. At this interactive conference & networking event learn from professionals, connect with like minded authors & expand your writing career.
$150 Free Members
$125 Paying Members
$35 For Spouse Meal
Tammi Labrecque is a multi-genre author known in for her non-fiction book, Newsletter Ninja.
M.D. Cooper is the New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author of the Aeon14 Universe.
Kevin McLaughlin is USA Today Best Selling Author of more than three dozen Sci-Fi & Fantasy novels.
Jill Cooper is the USA Today Best selling author of the YA Time Travel series, The Rewind Agency.
Jeremy Flagg is the author of the Children of Nostradamus Universe and been working as a graphic/web designer for the last decade.
Our list of presenters will expand and we will announce as new speakers are added to the roster.
Cocktails & Genre Dinner
Grab a cocktail (not included in price) and hors d’oeuvres (included in price) and mingle with your fellow authors and presenters. Talk business, collaboration, and strategies of what is working and not working in your author career. Connect, learn, and explore new ideas to grow your brand.
Dinner, with vegetarian friendly options, will be supplied by the New England Speculative Writers. Tables will be arranged by genre to help you network with other authors. The hosts will provide discussion topics (if necessary) to help you break out of your comfort zone and build lasting professional relationships.
We are currently offering two payment options for attendees. You can pay the full amount in one payment or split payment into monthly installments. If you would like your spouse to join us for dinner we have included “Spouse Meals” in the payment options. All spouse meals must accompany a registration. No, they do not need to be your spouse but we couldn’t fit “Platonic Travel Mate” into the Paypal options. Payments are non refundable but you may transfer your registration if necessary. After you pay, there is a brief survey.
Free Members – For non-members or members who do not pay yearly dues to the New England Speculative Writers.
Paying Members – For members who pay yearly dues to the New England Speculative Writers.
Friday (Bayside Bowling & Beverages)
6PM – 9PM Evening Socializing
9:00AM – 10:00AM – A Journey to $1,000,000 (M.D. Cooper)
10:15AM – 11:15AM – Author Websites That Work (Jeremy Flagg)
11:30AM – 1:00PM – Lunch
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Mindfulness & Book Launching (Jill Cooper)
2:15PM – 3:45PM – Newsletter Ninja: Mastering Your Mailing List (Tammi Labrecque)
4:00PM – 5:15PM – Production: Balancing Speed & Health (Kevin McLaughlin)
5:30PM – 6:45PM – Holistic Look at Advertising (M.D. Cooper)
7:00PM – 9:00PM – Dinner
8:00AM – 9:00AM – Informal Breakfast
We are currently accepting sponsors for the 2020 Convergence. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodging & Directions
The 2020 Convergence is hosted at Clarion in Portland Maine. We have secured a group rate for the night (group number is available after registration.) The hotel offers a pool and in house restaurant & bar. The Clarion is within walking distance of Bissell Brother’s Brewery and the International Cryptozoology Museum.
Room rate is $99 per night. The group rate is good for Friday – Sunday.
Clarion Hotel Airport
1230 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
$99 for April 17 & 18
Group Confirmation Code: 3801804
What’s Included in the Price
- Access to a Friday Night Social
- Access to the Saturday Conference
- Access to a Sunday Morning Wrap-up (Brunch)
- Genre Dinner & Hors D’oeuvres
- Downloadable presenter resources
What is not included?
- Travel & Lodging
Code of Conduct
The New England Speculative Writers Conference is dedicated to making all persons feel welcome and safe. We ask that all attendees maintain professional conduct and respect personal boundaries. NESW does not tolerate any harassment in any form, including physical, mental or emotional. A general guide:
- “No.” No means no.
- “Stop.” Stop means stop.
- “Go away.” Go away means go away.
Any person found found violating this policy will be asked to leave the conference immediately and authorities will be contacted if necessary.
Please be considerate of the hotel, the staff, and the guests. If you are staying at the hotel, please be mindful of noise, quiet hours, and have common decency. We strongly recommend using the common spaces near the bar for socializing, meeting, and collaborating with fellow authors.
Frequently Asked Questions
So, is this a conference or a networking event?
Both! We understand that many authors feel isolated in their career. The New England Speculative Writers Conference is a chance to learn collectively on how to market yourself and your books and to network with fellow authors. We have created this event to meet both needs. There will be a series of speakers giving industry tips and tricks and designated times to interact, network, and meet authors in and out of your genre.
What about my Significant Other?
The contract with our speakers and with the hotel, each person attending the event counts as a “body” and we have to charge for their attendance if attending for the day. If they would like to join you for the meal, we are including a $35 “Significant Other” dinner option for significant others. This can only be purchased with the price of a regular admission. We recommend significant others enjoy the awesome that is Portland, Maine. A personal favorite is spending time in the Old Port shops or along Congress street. Here is a quick list of things to do in the area.
Can I sell my books/products/services at the conference?
No. We thought long and hard about having vendors at the conference. Ultimately we decided this will be a peer conference where everybody is there to learn and network. We want everybody to be able to chat without “buy me” pitches. The priority is learning and collaborating with other authors, not selling.
What’s the transportation situation?
The hotel has shuttles going to and from the Portland International Airport. Those coming in on the train or bus will need to Uber/taxi their way to the hotel. Parking at the hotel is complimentary and there is plenty to go around.
Most importantly, where can I get coffee?
The most important question! There is a Starbucks nearby (driving required) and we will be offering coffee to keep those creative juices flowing.
What do we do about Lunch?
Lunch is on your own. There will be 1.5 hours allotted for lunch. From the hotel there are a dozens options for food from fast food chains to sit down restaurants. The Old Port is most likely outside of traveling distance in that time.
Will there be a vegetarian option for Hors D’oeuvres and Dinner?
Why yes, there will be!
Is this a child friendly event?
We understand many parents need the option to attend. We are leaving this up to you (only you know your kids.) However, keep in mind this is a professional networking event and there are long stints of presenters speaking.