June 22-25, 2017 at the Nashville Airport Marriott, Tennessee
Called “the conference with heart” by Publisher’s Weekly, UTOPiAcon, the trailblazing convention for fiction writers and readers, grew ten times in size in its first four years.
UTOPiAcon tapped into the massively popular and community-propelled D.I.Y. publishing audience in 2012, a market that was transforming young adult and new adult books into worldwide franchises that included film, television, toys and more.
The sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary lit, and romances that are being devoured by readers and fans everywhere have spawned a whole new generation of writers poised to transform the industry with fans rooting them on and screaming for more.
No more is it the traditionally published author versus the unknown independent writer. Today a world of hybrid authors and immersive multi-media is being driven by passionate, spiritual, collaborative people looking to create a lifestyle that formerly didn’t exist.
Past keynote speakers have included Sylvia Day, Jen Sincero, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Denise Grover Swank, and signing authors and panelists Marissa Meyer, Rebecca Donovan, Amy A. Bartol, Samantha Young, Georgia Cates, M. Leighton, and many more.
UTOPiAcon will celebrate its sixth year in Nashville, TN from June 22nd— June 25th 2017…though it lives online all year long.
Who is UTOPicon for?
→ Established writers looking to get an edge on the market with the latest in publishing developments and marketing strategies, as well as a unique opportunity to engage with the readers who love them and support their work.
→ Aspiring writers who want to write and successfully launch their first book that’s been making their hearts soar and hands tremble with excitement and nervousness. UTOPiAcon will introduce them to the publishing paths available to them, the multitude of vendors out there ready to serve them and give them the support network they need to get through the struggles and celebrate the milestones with them.
→ Book bloggers, Bookstagrammers, and Booktubers. This includes both the successful bloggers who are helping shape the new publishing and lit landscape, as well as those who want to become book bloggers. We get to the root of book tours, how to professionally blog and how to support the community.
→ Fans and avid readers who want to meet and hang out with their favorite authors. Enjoy the Signing Hall, the Book Readings by Authors room, the Main Stage speakers and Special Guests, the film screenings and so much more.
→ Industry experts, including, but not limited to producers, photographers, editors, publishers, models, publicists, agents, designers and more who benefit from working with the aforementioned writers.
** “Supernatural” is the term used for our purposes, but be aware that our definition extends to fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, gothic, steam punk, paranormal romance & more.
In 2017, the UTOPiA convention kicks off on Thursday night after early registration ends with an icebreaker event and an interactive performance from improv group The Novelistas.
Then Friday bestselling authors take the stage to discuss the industry, work-life balance and more. Educational and fun panels, a la carte master classes, the Exhibitor + Signing Hall, film screenings, and more also fill the convention out with opportunities to grow and connect.
On Saturday, an in-depth conversation called the Keynote Couch takes place in the morning, followed by more authors signing in the exhibitor + Signing Hall. Saturday night, don’t miss the Pre-Awards Happy Hour, the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards hosted by CMT’s Katie Cook, and the Freakshow Ball!
We estimate that more than 1,500 people will pass through the doors of UTOPiA 2017.
We will be live streaming select portions of the events. Potential audience unlimited.
→ The Utopia Awards ←
The Utopia Awards is the first awards gala of its kind, celebrating the established and rising writers, bloggers and trade experts of the wildly popular contemporary and supernatural genres in the middle grade, young adult and adult literature categories, as well as the stories, characters, originality and creativity in writing, publishing, marketing of the works.
A “red carpet”-style event, which has a healthy mix of glamour, humor, music, multi-media and social media aimed at celebrating the writers, characters and stories that are inspiring readers worldwide.
Nominees are peer-selected by other UTOPiAcon panelists, both past and current. Winners are determined by public vote.
→ UTOPiAcon Purpose & Mission ←
The purpose and mission of both the UTOPiA Awards and the UTOPiAcon is to celebrate, educate, inspire, connect and raise the profile of writers, who are trailblazing a new path in the world of publishing and entertainment in MG, YA and Adult literature, as well as the bloggers and experts whose innovative strategies and tactics are fertilizing the flourishing market.
UTOPiA aims to bring together a community of collaborative writers and experts to help established and aspiring writers not only sustain, but create thriving, long-lasting careers.
UTOPiA was also founded for the fans – the readers both young and young-at-heart – who want a safe place to swoon over fictional boyfriends while they meet their idols.
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