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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:39 AM

It never fails that any time I post anything related to Dragon*Con or JordanCon anywhere on the internet, within three comments I get someone complaining that everything always happens in Atlanta and not in whatever heathen place you happen to live in.

The simplest explanation for why so much happens is that I live in Atlanta. I'm doing the organizing of events. Therefore, I get to pick locations. However, there is absolutely nothing preventing anyone from organizing their own event where ever they happen to live. No, it won't be JordanCon. But you can still meet WoT fans in your area.

A couple of guidelines for organizing. The threads that I see actually turning into a meet are the ones that start off with a location and timeframe in mind. I've seen too many threads that start off with "Europe! Let's get together sometime!" and never go anywhere. "Europe", "Midwest", "The Southeast", etc. are all pretty big places. Most people are only willing to drive a couple hours for a meet. Narrowing your region will help you find people who will actually be able to attend.

Some ideas for good events to attend as groups are conventions, Renaissance Festivals and book signings. The obvious thing to look for is conventions or signings for Brandon Sanderson. He attends several conventions around the US every year, and goes on tour every time he releases a book. Additionally, he may do several smaller signings or appearances in Utah or Idaho. You'll want to keep an eye on his website for his current schedule. http://www.brandonsa...son.com/events/ Team Sanderson is pretty good about keeping it up to date.

If you are looking for a local convention, then I recommend using Green Tentacle's Convention Finder. http://containment.greententacles.com/ It lets you search by zipcode for your local conventions. http://con-news.com/ also maintains a list sorted by weekend of conventions around the US. Keep in mind, these smaller conventions are not going to be like Dragon*Con. They are going to be put on by local , non-profit fan clubs. That doesn't mean they won't be any fun. But they will be smaller and the focus will be more on authors because they don't charge appearance fees.

Wikipedia has a list of Renaissance Festivals in the US. http://en.wikipedia....naissance_fairs Most of these are in the summer and take place over multiple weekends, giving you some flexibility when choosing a date. The Georgia RenFest offers group discounts and I can't imagine that others wouldn't do the same thing.

I know these are pretty US-centric resources. If anyone knows of anything similar for outside the US, post it here.

I also Chair JordanCon, blog at Northside Food and am the President of the Southern Fandom Confederation.

 

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It never fails that any time I post anything related to Dragon*Con or JordanCon anywhere on the internet, within three comments I get someone complaining that everything always happens in Atlanta and not in whatever heathen place you happen to live in.

The simplest explanation for why so much happens is that I live in Atlanta. I'm doing the organizing...

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