Why do you charge to attend the conference?
Simple answer: because we need money to keep this website functioning, maintain the forums, and to pay all of our organizers and industry professionals.
Our website gets a very heavy volume of traffic, so we have to use web hosting that frankly isn’t cheap. We also believe that artists, writers, agents, and editors shouldn’t have to work solely for “exposure” or because of “passion,” but should be rewarded for their time, effort, and knowledge with something that can actually buy them groceries.
We know how expensive in-person conferences can be, having attended a few ourselves. You’re not just paying the conference fee, but also for the hotel room, meals out, plane fare or gas money, lost wages from your day job, etc. An online conference eliminates these concerns.
The keynote speeches and critique forums are free and open to all, but for $5, you’ll also have access to the conference’s blogs and vlogs. $10 gets you all of that, plus access to the live events. $15 gets you access to everything, and extra time to enjoy it!
How Do I Attend?
The conference will be hosted through our website: writeoncon.org. All those who have purchased admission (at any level) will be provided with instructions for entrance into the conference as we near the conference dates.
How Will the Money Be Spent?
In addition to covering the expenses associated with hosting and maintaining the WriteOnCon website and forums, along with the advanced plug-ins required to keep our site happy (ie. not crashing), we also hope to compensate all of our organizers and speakers, even if it’s just a small honorarium. We believe that artists, writers, and industry professionals shouldn’t have to work solely for “exposure” or because of “passion,” but should be rewarded for their time, effort, and knowledge with something that can actually buy them groceries.
I’m Excited! When Is This Taking Place?
WriteOnCon will be live from February 9th-11th, 2018, and the forums will remain open for a while afterwards.
This Sounds Great, But I Write Adult Literature/I’m Busy In February/I’m Not A Writer or Illustrator/Etc.
First of all, you don’t have to write/illustrate kidlit to participate in the conference! The blogs, vlogs, and live events will provide craft and industry knowledge that applies to writers and illustrators across the board.
Second, take note of our “Extended Access” level, which allows you to enjoy the conference at your own pace for up to a month after it officially ends.
And finally, you could still help us by spreading the word! Share this page, re-tweet our account, email your critique partners. Are you a member of SCBWI or a local writing group? Be a pal and let them know about our campaign! We here at WriteOnCon thank you.
Do I have to Pay with PayPal?
No! You can choose to pay through PayPal or by credit card. And even if you click “pay with PayPal,” it will take you to a screen where you can choose to pay with debit or credit, PayPal account not required. It’s confusing, we know.
I have More Questions!
Sweet! Shoot us an email and we’ll help you out.