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5 speculative fiction conventions for writers to attend

These upcoming gatherings for genre lovers offer authors inspiration and community.

Conference attendees enjoy a conference presentation.
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, authors like myself – who once identified as introverts – found themselves craving the company of like-minded writers off-screen and in person. Fortunately, convention staff across the country have been busily laboring to relaunch multiday events, some of which offer hybrid programming for those who still prefer to remain at home.

Speculative author L. Marie Wood, author of The Realm series, believes attending conventions can help speculative fiction writers in numerous ways. “You can sell a few books and gain some exposure that way, but there is so much more involved if you open your mind to it,” she says. “The growth of your network, the topics you can learn about, the opportunities to share your own expertise – these are the things that a writer should consider when attending functions like these.”

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