As another year begins, so does longing for warm summer days of picnics, outdoor fun...and the annual Realm Makers writers conference in July.
Realm Makers is a community of Christian writers of science fiction and fantasy (speculative fiction). Christian fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea. Christian science fiction and fantasy? Alien, literally. But not at Realm Makers - there, you can happily discuss the subgenre you love and write, and you can experience a Christian community celebrating, like partying sardines, new novels of enchantments or far-off worlds and rewarding deserving stories. And to top it off, there is a cosplay competition on gala night.
But why are we talking about the Realm Makers conference in January?
Because registration for the conference begins February 1, 2024.
The conference itself is July 18th through July 20th (Thursday evening to Saturday evening), in St. Louis, Missouri. These two+ days pack a serious punch in terms of teaching and connecting.
But is there any urgency? Registration runs through June after all.
Well, agent and publisher appointments are first-come first serve and they go fast. Also, prices are lowest during the first registration period. Finally, if you want a room in the same hotel where the conference is being held, you need to snag one quickly. Otherwise you end up across the retail compound - good for daily steps but slightly removed.
This writers conference is a tremendous opportunity for speculative fiction writers in the Midwest. From the Twin Cities, getting to St. Louis is a very doable 9-hour drive, especially if you have a writer friend with you. With an early start on opening day Thursday (6am), a pretty place for lunch is Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Try the Central Park Coffee Company, on the town green, for homey food and caffeine to get you through the rest of the drive so you can arrive at the conference hotel in time for the Thursday evening opening keynote.
The conference also has a virtual option. Find out all the conference details at the Realm Makers website. And be sure to attend our group's May panel discussion on pros and cons of attending this conference and others; see May meeting details on the Homepage.