Greetings, DFWcon faithful! Tex Thompson here.
For those of you who already know me, I’ve got bad news: I am now the Publications Manager for the DFW Writers’ Conference. YES. I have assumed editorial oversight for this site, as well as our forthcoming publications. That uncanny chill you felt just now? Yeah, that was me assuming unstoppable cosmic powers of comma correction. Cue up the Imperial March and get me a red lightsaber – it’s going to get ruthless!
But that is not all! We’ve had other great changes in the works too. As a matter of fact, we’ve just switched over to a new registration system, RegOnline. It’s a great tool, but you don’t need to take my word for it. As it happens, I’ve interviewed our Supreme Leader – Kirk von der Heydt, Director of the 2014 DFW Writers’ Conference – to find out more about registering for 2014.
Tex: So what are the advantages of the new system?
Kirk: There are substantial benefits for both organizers and attendees. Those attending the conference will be able to choose their classes through the agenda page, which will build a personalized schedule just for them. They’ll be able to access the mobile event guide during the conference, so they can see their schedule and pull up a map of the conference center. And our conference volunteers will be able to communicate more effectively with attendees, so we can provide better organization and a superior level of service for everyone.
Tex: What about attendees who have already registered for 2014 on EventBrite?
Kirk: Switching over to RegOnline is easy and painless. Attendees who have already registered for the conference received an email on Friday with instructions on how to migrate to the new system.
Tex: Let’s say I buy my ticket and then need to make changes later. What can I do?
Kirk: When you buy a ticket, you create a profile – one that you can edit at any time. With the new system, you’re never “stuck” with anything: you can update your information whenever you need to.
Tex: Jonathan Maberry is pretty cool, but it’s kind of a gamble to register for a writers’ conference before I even know what classes you’ll have. Why sign up so early?
Kirk: The easy answer is the price: the sooner you register, the less your ticket will cost. However, we’ve also built a reputation as one of the best conferences available. Every year, the education program exceeds the year before it, and 2014 will be no different. In fact, I’ve just been able to confirm that Donald Maass will be coming to the 2014 conference, as will Les Edgerton. As the summer rolls on, we’ll have more confirmed speakers to reveal – but suffice to say that we’ll definitely have more than we can fit in two days!
So there you have it, folks: excellent reasons to sign up early for 2014, with more to come! Keep working hard in the meantime, and check back on Wednesday for Jodi Thompson’s one-month post-conference to-do list. (And come see me over at The Tex Files if you haven’t yet – I’ve got a contest ending tomorrow, and would love to add to your library!)
Tex Thompson is locally notorious as a ‘rural fantasy’ writer and comma placement specialist. She is represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary, tolerated by the DFW Writers Workshop, and authorized to act as editor-at-large for the DFW Writers’ Conference. Her fictional exploits and LOLcat grammar lessons appear regularly at TheTexFiles.com.