The 2011 Backspace Writers Conference is just 10 days away! In this email, you’ll find program details and other helpful information to help make your conference experience successful and enjoyable.
And remember – If you’d like to expand your conference experience by registering for an additional portion of the event, there’s still time!
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email Backspace administrators Chris Graham or Karen Dionne. You may also telephone Chris at 732-267-6449.
See you in New York!
- What to Bring -
Thursday Agent-Author Seminar
Each seminar registrant should bring 17 copies of their query letter and 17 copies of their opening two pages to their assigned workshops. Format details and workshop assignments are posted on the conference website. You can also see a sample of the two-pages format here.
Friday conference program
Note-taking materials are all you need to bring for Friday’s two-track conference program.
Those not familiar with a two-track program will be pleased to know that there’s no need to sign up for a track in advance. You can also move between tracks, selecting the program parts that look most interesting and useful to you. And if it turns out that a program part wasn’t quite what you expected, you’re welcome to leave quietly and check out what’s happening in the other room.
Saturday “Writing the Breakout Novel” workshop
The workshop will begin at 8:30 and end at 5:30. There will be an hour for lunch (on your own), and a short break in the morning and the afternoon with coffee and soft drinks.
Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials. Copies of Maass’ books will be available for purchase and signing on Friday and Saturday.
This day-long “Writing the Breakout Novel” workshop is truly a unique opportunity. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to add what promises to be an amazing and inspiring day to your conference experience.
- Where to go -
The 2011 Backspace Writers Conference will take place on the Radisson Martinique’s second level. When you enter the hotel, turn left, take the elevator to the second floor, and turn left again.
Ballroom A/B is our main conference room. Thursday’s agent panels, Friday’s Track One program, and Maass’s workshop on Saturday will all take place here. Ballroom C will be our Track Two room on Friday.
Workshops will take place in Ballroom A/B, Herald Square A/B, Chelsea A/B, and the PC Boardroom.
Registration begins each day at 8:00 a.m. in the second-floor lobby.
- Where to eat -
In order to keep the cost of the conference as low as possible, catered meals at the hotel will not be provided. In addition to the hotel’s restaurant, other dining options include these suggestions from a conference registrant who works in the area:
The hotel is in the heart of Korean Town and West 32nd Street has nice Korean restaurants, including a great Korean Barbecue just down the street at 17 West 32nd (BCD) and there are also some good dumpling restaurants – just pick the one that’s the most crowded, noisy, and fast.
Speedy’s Natural Food is on West 32nd and Broadway, right across from the hotel and it has packaged sandwiches, soups and great hot and cold salad bars, though they tend to become alarmingly expensive (don’t get heavy vegetables) and I don’t think they are all that natural, myself. They do have quite a bit of seating space upstairs. But if the weather is good, there is a little park right across the way, Herald Square, with tables.
At West 31st between Avenue of the Americas and Broadway is O’Reilly’s Pub, a good old time New York bar/restaurant.
Mustang Harry’s is on Seventh Avenue between 30th and 29th Street (about a ten minute walk) and they have great hamburgers and business lunches.
On West 29th Street, just a couple of doors in (going west) from Seventh Avenue is Swagat’s. This is a wonderful, small Indian restaurant that is cafeteria style and will also do take-out. They have a vegetarian platter and a meat platter and they are cheap as all get out.
- What to wear -
Writers conferences are known for their relaxed atmosphere. Our attending agents will be coming directly from their offices, and will be dressed accordingly. Jeans, skirts, dress slacks, and suits and ties are all acceptable. When in doubt, business casual is always a good choice.
And while you’re certainly welcome to kick it up a notch for the Friday evening cocktail reception, formal attire is not required.
– What to buy –
A terrific selection of faculty members’ books will be available for purchase throughout Friday and Saturday in the bookroom at the conference. Copies can be signed and personalized for yourself, or to give as gifts. Be sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase and bring your checkbook!
- Where to hang out -
One of the best parts about attending writers conferences is getting to know other writers. If you’re arriving in the city early, come and hang out with us at the Radisson Hotel’s bar. While we won’t be wearing name tags, if you overhear words like “novel” or “agent” or “manuscript,” just walk up, introduce yourself as a Backspace conference attendee, and join the conversation!
Thursday evening (7:00 – 9:00)
“Buy This Book!” workshop is a role-playing workshop with Jeff Kleinman from Folio Literary and Andrea Walker, Vice President and Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown. But don’t let her impressive title fool you – this workshop will be relaxed, informative, and fun. The cost is just $45, and it’s a great way to spend the evening. If you haven’t already signed up, there’s still time to register!
Immediately following Friday’s conference program, registrants are invited to attend an author booksigning and cocktail reception, including hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. (Kilt not required.)
One ticket is included in the cost of Friday’s registration. To purchase an extra ticket for a spouse or someone traveling with you, CLICK HERE.
- Recommended Reading -
How to Get the Most out of your Writers’ Conference Experience by Scott Hoffman
Jeff Kleinman’s Guidelines to Good Conference Attendeeness