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Minnesota Conventions for Writers and Book Lovers in 2017
With all of the great bookstores, publishers, authors, and writing programs in the Twin Cities, most of us aren't surprised that Minneapolis and St. Paul are repeatedly ranked as some of the most literate cities in the country. As part of the literary culture, there are plenty of conventions and conferences in Minnesota where you can learn about writing and publishing, see authors speak, and more—and here's your list for 2017! Some of these events are specifically aimed at improving your writing or finding a publisher; others involve authors and literature as part of a wider range of activities. The best thing to do is to check out each event's website to get a feel for what it offers. Winter American Booksellers Association Winter Institute (January 27–30, 2017) Minneapolis, MN Theme: Independent bookselling Guests of Note: Roxanne Gay, Ann Patchett, Emma Donoghue, Kate DiCamillo, Benjamin Percy Minnesota Writing Workshop (February 11, 2017) St. Paul, MN Theme: Getting published Guests of Note: Yana Makuwa, Laura Zats, Erik Hane, Dawn Frederick Spring MarsCon (March 3–5, 2017) Bloomington, MN Theme: Sci fi, fantasy Guests of Note: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Ruth Berman, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Lyda Morehouse, G. David Nordley The Pitch (April 7–8, 2017) Minneapolis, MN Theme: Getting published Guests of Note: Lisa Lucas Minicon (April 14–16, 2017) Bloomington, MN Theme: Sci fi, fantasy Guests of Note: Jim C. Hines; full guest list TBA Writing the Novel and Crafting a Career Conference (April 29, 2017) Minneapolis, MN Theme: Novel writing Guests of Note: Angela Flournoy, Kiese Laymon, Charles Baxter Teen Lit Con (May 6, 2017) Mendota Heights, MN Theme: Teen writing Guests of Note: Kevin Kling, Shannon Gibney, Bryan Bliss, J. M. Lee MantiCon (May 26–28, 2017) Bloomington, MN Theme: Military sci fi and fantasy Guests of Note: David Weber, Marko Kloos, David Pedersen Summer Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop (June 13–15, 2017) Minneapolis, MN Theme: Teen writing Guests of Note: Sabaa Tahir, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, Jonathan Friesen, Wayne Batson Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference (June 19–25, 2017) Bemidji, MN Theme: Limited-attendance writer's retreat Guests of Note: Tracy K. Smith, Elizabeth Bradfield, Janice Harrington, Ravi Howard, Ernestine Hayes, Ander Monson Twin Cities Antiquarian and Rare Book Fair (June 30–July 1, 2017) Roseville, MN Theme: Rare books Guests of Note: Eric Lorberer, Mary Lou Judd Carpenter, Erin Hart, Paddy O’Brien CONvergence (July 6–9, 2017) Bloomington, MN Theme: Sci fi, fantasy Guests of Note: Seanan McGuire; full guest list TBA Diversicon (July 21–23, 2017) St. Paul, MN Theme: Diverse sci fi Guests of Note: Eleanor Arnason, Melissa Scott Fall Arcana (September 29–October 1, 2017) St. Paul, MN Theme: Dark fantasy Guests of Note: William F. Nolan, Roy C. Booth, Cynthia Booth, Jason V. Brock Twin Cities Book Festival (October 13–14, 2017) Roseville, MN Theme: Local authors and publishers Guests of Note: TBA NerdCon: Stories (TBA) NerdCon has taken place in Minneapolis the past two Octobers, but it's not clear whether it will be back for 2017 Theme: Storytelling across all media Guests of Note: TBA Tol-Con (November 3–5, 2017) Chaska, MN Theme: J. R. R. Tolkien Guests of Note: TBA So, will you be hitting any of these events this year? Is there anything you think is missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!
Madeleine Vasaly