Hydra Publications is a proud sponsor of Imaginarium, one of the largest writers’ conferences in the Midwest. The event runs from September 11th through the 13th. Hydra’s own Tony Acree will be Toastmaster.
There are panels on any kind of writing imaginable. Most writing conferences with amount of content will run you hundreds of dollars. Imaginarium is only $65 for the entire weekend. You can find a list of the available panels here.
In addition to the panels there will be a book fair which you can attend for FREE. Hundreds of authors will have their books on sale at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
There is even a masquerade ball Saturday night. Come and get your costume on.
Today Imaginarium creator Stephen Zimmer posted an open letter to writers in the area.
I wanted to write an open message to the group here with Imaginarium just two days away in Louisville, to say a few things about what this event is and ask for all of our Kentuckiana Authors to help make it what it definitely can become. There are enough Kentuckiana authors in this group alone to make this weekend a very big step forward.
Imaginarium is a unique convention. It is one where creative writing is the centerpiece, not something on the side or just another track among many others. This is not a convention where the focus is on celebrities and autographs, nor is it an expensive writer conference where a registration can be in the hundreds of dollars. This is a convention that offers everything and more than a major writing conference offers and puts it in an environment that is welcoming, non-intimidating , accessible, and fun.
At Imaginarium, it does not matter whether you are a newer author who hasn’t been published yet or a New York Times bestseller. Imaginarium’s environment brings everyone together, of all levels on their career path, in a way that accomplishes so much…from learning, to networking, to making new friends in the business, to raising awareness of one’s work and talents. We saw all of this transpire during our first year, last September, and we know that the more who participate the more this dynamic will flourish. Writers, publishers, editors, cover artists…this IS the event for all of you.
I would love to see our Kentuckiana authors discover what this event is and what it can be for this region for years to come. While it would be wonderful if you decide to come participate in all 3 days of the events and activities, if you cannot, I’d like to ask you to consider participating in full for one day (such as Saturday, which is loaded with events, panels, workshops and activities), or even making a visit to the Imaginarium Expo which is free to the public.
Just stopping by the expo for a couple hours, and maybe picking up a book or two from the authors there, makes a real difference and adds to the overall environment. The more who participate on some level, whether full registrant, a day pass, or even a visit to the Expo, the more dynamic the environment becomes.
We have a group of dedicated individuals who have been working hard, some for many months, to build a very special event for writers this weekend and continue the progress that was made in 2014. I’d like to ask our Kentuckiana authors to really stand with us this weekend and make an event that is content-rich, accessible, welcoming, and friendly to writers of all genres everything it can be.
Please look over our site, our programming, what we have to offer, and give some thought to participating in some way this weekend, even if just a day or a visit to the Expo. You can make a difference.
Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Join us this weekend for a great time of learning, networking and book sales.