UTOPiA 2017, the reader and writer convention for fiction lovers that aims to educate, inspire and connect you with the people and resources to lift you higher, returns to Nashville for its sixth year in 2017. Tentative dates are June 22-25, 2017 in Nashville, TN.
In this post you’ll discover 2017 theme, format for 2017, what’s new next year, and a THIS WEEK-ONLY deal you won’t want to miss out on.
2017 THEME: Carnival Freakshow
Official hashtags: #UTOPiA2017 #StepWriteUp
UTOPiA-approved hashtags: #BookFreaks #TwoHeadsAreBetterThanOne #ComeOneComeAll
THIS WEEK ONLY:
Get Ticket Packages and Exhibitor/Signing Space at 2016 Prices
Secure your spot at 2017 this week, and you get your choice of one Master Class at no additional cost. Possible Master Class (Workshop) options include: Blurb and Synopsis Writing; How to Write a Kick Ass Query Letter; Book Trailer Bootcamp; Sreenwriting; Plotting
NEW in 2017:
- SHORTER EVENT. In an effort to help attendees conserve costs, as well as be mindful of time and energy, UTOPiA will be a day shorter in 2017. In the past, attendees flew in on Wednesday, and the event was Thursday – Sunday. In 2017, you won’t need to fly in until Thursday. The event will kick off Thursday night, run all day Friday and Saturday, and then you will (as per past schedule) check out on Sunday (unless, of course, you intend to stay in Nashville for your further vacationing).
- Focus on adding more speakers and inspiring ideas to help encourage and challenge you, we will be bringing in some of the most dynamic and empowering thinkers and doers out there right now creating change and inspiring communities in many different fields of expertise.
- New Hotel. While #UTOPiA2017 will remain in Nashville, we have decided to look for a new hotel, and are actually very close to securing it. Upward and onward!!
Nashville, known as the Athens of the South, is one of the most exciting cities to be in these days. With celebrities opening restaurants, record stores, vintage shops and more in this town that loudly supports and encourages creativity, UTOPiA is so proud to be part of that culture, as well as one of the no fewer than five book-related events that make the city so kick ass.
Format of UTOPiA 2017:
Thursday evening kick off event
Friday – full day of panels, speakers, exhibitor & signing hall, and other official events and activities to be announced.
Saturday – Exhibitor & Signing hall open from 10 AM – 1 PM. The Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards that night. Other activities and daily events TBA.
Sunday is closing remarks, contest winners announced, giveaway concludes.
A conservative estimate of attendance is 1,000 people over the two+ days. We will have Barnes & Noble book store on hand, but you are also welcome to sell your own books if you like. ONE DAY-ONLY ticket options will be available to fans/readers/attendees.
With so many signing events and cons to choose from these days, we are honored to have garnered the quality reputation we have, and welcome all the new blood and established stars who energize the community, challenge the status quo, and make being a part of the book, reader, writer and publishing industry the best gig in the whole world!