WELCOME TO THE WHOLE EVENT. HERE'S WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT.
Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, New Adult, Young Adult, Mid-Grade, Children's, Women's Fiction, Dystopia, General.
AUTHOR, READER & BLOGGER CONFERENCE + PUBLIC SIGNING EVENT
AUTHOR SIGNING TABLES STILL AVAILABLE!
Friday Only Tickets are available for JUST £40
CHAPTER.CON LONDON 2017
3pm – onwards Registration for onsite rooms. Check in with the main reception.
7.30 – onwards
Informal Meet & Greet at the Hogarth Pub on Teddington Broad Street.
Either walk from the Teddington Travel Lodge (2mins)
Or get the number 33 bus from outside the university and get off outside the pub (4 mins)
If staying in Twickenham, get either the 281 bus or the 33 bus and get off outside the pub when it gets to Teddington High Street.
FRIDAY: Connect, Learn, Befriend
8.00-8.30 – Registration. Student Union Hall: Collect your welcome packs, lanyards and wristbands from the registration table in the Student Union Hall. Books that have been stored with Katie will be delivered for 8.15 to the SU Hall. It is asked that you meet with the team at the desk to help carry your books from the car to the hall.
8.30-9.15 – Exhibition Set Up. Student Union Hall
Set up your stand. Full tables are 6ft. Half tables are 3ft. You may bring a banner.
(You may decide to set up after the Key note as it’s an in-house exhibition day and not open to the general public.)
9.00-9.15 Tea / Coffee and gather in Lecture Theatre (Sign posted – follow the neon arrows)
9.15-10.15 – WELCOME Welcome speech by Katie M. John followed by Key Note by Samantha Young. Lecture Theatre.
10.15 -16.30 Exhibition in the Student Union Hall.
Informal exhibition with an emphasis on sharing, conversation, meeting & greeting. (Please don’t sit behind your table all day – there will be someone in the room to keep an eye on things)
10.30-11.15 Panel I Turning Dreams into Reality – Lecture Theatre
Samantha Young. Christina Benjamin. Donna Dull. Jo Thomas.
How do you move from making that dream of being an author into reality?
What are some of the rude wake up calls about the life of an author? How do you know when you've made it?
Mistakes to avoid? The best decisions you made?
11.15-12.45 Build Confidence to Engage and Connect. Workshop run by Victoria Walsh, founder of the BELIEVE Consultancy.
11.30-12.15 Panel II Writer’s Block – Lecture Theatre
Patti Larsen. Catherine Stine. Carrie Elks. Justine Winter. Mia Hoddell.
Dealing with writers’ block. Tools to help you structure stories. Finding inspiration. Workspaces. Feeding your readership.
11.30-12.30 – ZONED COFFEE CHAT – meet in the Dolce Vita – Star Bucks Coffee shop to grab a coffee and have an informal Q&A with Andrew James from The Greenwich Writers’ Group to discuss HOW TO SET UP A SUCCESSFUL WRITER’S GROUP & COMMUNITY – REACHING OUT TO AGENTS AND EXPERTS.
There is a Starbucks on site, next door to the Student Union Hall. There is also a refectory (1 min walk away) and a pub ‘The Waldegrave Arms’ (5 min walk away) Those who have ordered Lunch to be delivered will have their lunch pass written on the back of their lanyard and they should meet the Chapter.Con volunteer at the main chapter.con desk in the Student Union Hall from 12.10
12.45 - 13.45: PANEL III CREATING THE PERFECT BOOK LAUNCH – Lecture Theatre
Jo Michaels. Patti Larsen. Benjamin of Tomes.
13.00 -14.00– ZONED COFFEE CHAT – meet in the Dolce Vita – Star Bucks Coffee shop to grab a coffee and have an informal Q&A with Victoria Walsh from Believe Consultancy about TIME MANAGEMENT.
Reaching your audience.
Using Social Media effectively
Approaching bloggers, vloggers and influencers
Using multi-media tools
Thinking outside of the box
13.30-14.30 MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP led by Julia Hennessey Learning how to listen to your mind and cultivate a healthy mindset.
13.55 – 14.50: PANEL IV DIVERSITY - The Importance of Diverse Voices in Fiction – Lecture Theatre
Alison Clarke. Vicky Kinnaird. Jill Turner. T.G Ayer.
Exploring representations of women, race, sexuality and class in mainstream literature. The importance of diverse voices. Politics versus politics.
14.30-15.15 ZONED COFFEE CHAT – The current state of Blogging. A chance and time for bloggers attending to meet and chat about blogging. There is no chair for this meeting – it’s a meet & greet & chat zone.
15.00 – 16.00: PANEL V – The Hot Topic of Romance – Lecture Theatre
Zak Jane Keir. Sandra Robinson. L.A Cotton. Anna Bloom
What's the difference between Romance and Erotica - or have the lines blurred? Post 50 Shades phenomenon. How much sex is too much sex?
What makes a good romance story?
Pet peeves in Romance? Marketing Romance and keeping Romance readers Satisfied.
16.30 – 18.45 BREAK FOR DINNER & REST
18.45 – 20.30 UK PREMIER OF THE LOVELY WITCHES CLUB Lecture Theatre
SATURDAY: Public Signing Day
8.30-9.00 PREP TIME
Exhibition Room will be set up from the day before. A chance to polish your stand and prepare for the day.
9.00-10.00am KEY NOTE SPEECH by A. MEREDITH WATERS
10.30-13.00 MORNING PUBLIC SIGNING SESSION
11.15 – 12.30 – Public Reading in The Dolce Vita Starbucks Coffee Shop
(or outside on the balcony if the Weather is kind.)
11.15 Emma Taylor Reading from Cowboy in Scotland.
11.30 Jo Michaels Reading from 7 Deadly Sins
11.45 Lianne Cotton Reading from Loyalty & Lies
12.00 Helen Whapshott Reading from The Glow
12.15 Patti Larsen Reading from Bed & Breakfast Murder
12.50 – Bell will sound to clear the room for lunch and to facilitate the changeover slots.
13.00-13.30 LUNCH – Exhibition Hall emptied.
13.30-16.30 AFTERNOON PUBLIC SIGNING.
16.30-17.00 PACK AWAY TIME – we kindly request that authors do not begin start to pack up until the bell is sounded at 16.20.
14.00-15.30 Public Readings in the Student Union Bar
14.00 Em Taylor Reading from American Cowboy in Scotland
14.15 Donna Dull Reading from Decayed Horizon
14.30 Jo Thomas Reading from 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf
14.45 Jill Turner Reading from The Children of Albion
15.00 Alison Clarke Reading from Racine
15.15 Colleen Nye
15.30 Catherine Stine.
17.00-19.15– DINNER / REST / CHANGE
There is a Nandos and a Pizza Express all on the 33 route up to Teddington (about 5 min bus ride) or there is the Dolce Vita restaurant and Waldegrave Arms all within a 3-4 min walk from the university.
19.15-19.45 – Formal Red Carpet photographs, drinks in the bar and mingle.
Wear what makes you comfortable in the surroundings. It’s a great opportunity to really go for it, to dress fantastical, glamorous and glitzy – but if that ain’t your thing, come as you are. We’re all about that here at Chapter.Con.
19.45 – 20.15 TAKE YOUR SEATS, SETTLE, INTRODUCE YOURSELVES, EAT CHEESE AND BISCUITS & CRACK OPEN THE BOTTLE OF RED WINE Sponsored by Frayed Fairy Tales.
Cheese boards with crackers and bread will be available for you to share food with your new friends and colleagues. Relax and enjoy. Know you’re special to us. Please be brave and say hello to the folks you haven’t yet met. Grab a drink from the bar and toast yourself for having stepped out of all kinds of comfort zones.
20.15 – 21.30 AWARDS CEREMONY
Join in a celebration of respect, admiration, hard-work and community involvement. A short but heartfelt awards ceremony in which we cheer our tribe on as we work to make a positive, caring community. Awards designed by the incredibly talented Leon Ridyard, Artist and Illustrator. There’s no promise it’s going to run smoothly LOL.
21.30 -11.20 SILENT DISCO IN THE PARTY ROOM
Dance like no one is watching to the beat of your own song. Wave your glow sticks and spin to the lights of the ‘impressive’ LED disco balls.
AND / OR
21.30-11.20 WINE, CHILL & CHAT IN THE MAJESTY OF THE WALDEGRAVE ROOMS
Take in the beauty of your surroundings in the Waldegrave Dining Room. The heart of Horace Walpole’s Gothic fantasy. Chilled background music, good cheese boards, red wine, great company – and a few table party games to keep the conversation going.
22.30 RAFFLE in aid of MIND
23.30 TIME TO GO HOME AND REST <3
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