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Q: What is the Avondale Writers Conference / Southwest Valley Writer’s Conference?
The Southwest Valley Writers Conference provides an opportunity for writers, at all stages of their careers, to hone their craft, network with fellow writers, and meet literary publicists, published authors, editors and other industry professionals.
Q: Who sponsors the Southwest Valley Writer’s Conference?
The Friends of the Avondale Library, in conjunction with the City of Avondale, hosts the conference each year.
Q: How much does the conference cost?
The conference fee is $95. We offer an early-bird discounted rate ($85) each year before October 1st. The fee includes all lectures, panels, and speakers and lunch.
Q: How do I register?
Click the link to the registration website and fill out the required information. The conference fee is payable by credit card.
Q: Does my registration payment cover everything?
All conference events – workshops, panels, lectures, speakers and lunch – are included; lodging, if required, is not included.
Q: How can I confirm my registration was received and processed?
You will receive a confirmation email shortly after completing your registration and payment.
Q: I registered for the Writers Conference but I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
Requests for refunds must be made in writing by email (Stacey Lindsay). No refunds will be given after October 25, 2012.
Q: My child wishes to attend the conference. Can he attend alone?
Children 16 and over may attend alone (and pay full admission price). Children under 16 are welcome when accompanied by an adult (and both pay full price).
Q: Where can I park during the Writers Conference?
Parking lots (free) are available around the civic center.
Q: Will there be book signings?
A book signing and networking period will occur in the lobby after the last keynote is complete (from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.), but you are welcome to seek out authors for book signings any time you wish (other than when they are delivering a workshop or session).
Q: Do I need to sign up in advance for the sessions?
Sessions will be open on a first-come-first-served basis the day of the conference. If the session you are interested is full, you may attend either of the other two sessions. Space is limited, however we will accommodate as many attendees as the room allows.
Q: What do I need to bring to the conference?
We recommend some way to take notes such as a pen and paper, laptop, an iPad or similar device. A sweater or light jacket would also be a good idea