Join the New England Speculative Writers on April 13, 2019 in Portland, Maine for this interactive conference & networking event. Learn from professionals, connect with like minded authors & expand your writing career.








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Award Winning Author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective Series and author of “Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing.”

New York Times Best Selling Author of the AEON 14 Universe and author of “Help! My Facebook Ads Suck.”

USA Today Best Selling & Amazon Best Selling Author of the Adrian’s Undead Diary Series and The Reemergence Series.

Paul Kilpatrick is the Co-Founder of BetaBooks, a service created to help authors connect and interact with beta readers.

New England Speculative Writers Co-Founder & superhero author of the Children of Nostradamus series.

New England Speculative Writers Co-Founder & supernatural author of The Empire.


Digital presentations will be pre-recorder and provided to all attendees.

Director at Kobo Writing Life at Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Web comic artist and writer for Age of Night as well as concept artist and designer at Fearlight Games.

Cocktail Hour & Genre Dinner

Grab a cocktail (not included in price) and hors d’oeuvres (included in price) at the The Blue Wave Grille 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.


The price of the New England Speculative Writers Conference is $125. We are currently offering two payment options for attendees. You can pay the full amount in one payment or split payment into two installments of $62.50. The installment plan is available until February 13th. Payments are non refundable but you may transfer your registration if necessary. After you pay, there is a brief survey.



Lodging & Directions

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
363 Maine Mall Rd.
Portland, ME 04106

Group Rate
$109 for April 13th

Mention: NE Speculative Writers
Booking Online Use Code: N S W

NESW Conference

What’s Included in the Price

  • Access to a One Day Event
  • NESW Bag O’ Swag
  • Genre Dinner & Hors D’oeuvres
  • Downloadable presenter resources

What is not included?

  • Cocktails during Cocktail Hour
  • Travel & Lodging
  • Lunch

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.

Hotel Etiquette

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 Spouse?

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. Because of this, we are recommending spouses get out and 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 would be a peer conference where everybody is there to learn and network. We want everybody to be able to chat without the “buy me” pitches. The priority is learning and collaborating with other authors, not selling.

What’s the transportation situation?

The Double Tree 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 a short two-hundred foot walk from the front of the Double Tree.

What do we do about Lunch?

Lunch is on your own. From the Double Tree there are a hundred options for food from fast food chains to sit down restaurants. Going to the Old Port is also possible (though an hour lunch break might be a time crunch from the hotel.)

Will the Bar be open?

Yes, it will be open all day. During the cocktail hour we will be providing Hors D’oeuvres, drinks are on you. The hotel does not allow us to bring in outside alcohol. Because this event is not 21+, make sure you have identification as the bar will be carding individuals.

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. For nursing mothers, there is a separate area in the bathrooms.