If you’re still thinking about coming to the conference, you’re running out of time. We’re down to just two weekend passes at the time that I’m posting this, and there’s only a handful of spaces left at both the Friday Night Opening Night Reception and the Cutlasses and Kimono’s Banquet. At the rate tickets have been selling, we expect they’ll all be gone by the end of the weekend.

We’ve also put up details of some of the Bonus Events running around this year’s GenreCon, including the special edition of the QWC Whispers reading taking place on Saturday afternoon and the special White Gloves tours featuring archived genre works in the SLQ John Oxley collection.

Registration will open at Midday, October 11th, but  the official kick-off for this year’s GenreCon wont take place until the opening night reception at 6:00 PM. If you’re in town early and looking to fill the hours, there’s a couple of bonus events running on Friday that may be of interest.

Option One: Friday Workshops

We had a lot of great workshops pitched for this year’s GenreCon – more than we could fit into the weekend program – so we’re running two events on Friday for early arrivals. Chris Lynch’s Grammar Crash Course and Nike Sulway’s The Joy of Writing offer you the opportunity to revisit the fundamental tools of the writer’s craft and reconnect with your creative process.

Option Two: Australian GenreCrossings Symposium

Australian Genre Crossings is an academic symposium, which will run alongside Genrecon 2013 at the State Library of Queensland on October 11, 2013. Delegates from all over Australia will present papers about Australian popular fiction. Our aim is to enrich the conversation around popular fiction in Australia. The theme of the conference is ‘crossings’: we want to move past scholarship that describes, defines, or defends Australian popular fiction.

GenreCrossings sessions are free to attend, but if you’d like to be included in the symposium’s catering, you’ll need to register for a GenreCrossings ticket via the GenreCon registration system.

Option Three: White Gloves Tours at the State Library

The State Library’s John Oxley Library has been collecting popular and pulp fiction works by Queensland authors, with a focus on romance, crime, and adventure/fantasy stories dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes over 400 vintage Mills and Boons titles, and they’ve put together some special “white gloves” tours for GenreCon attendees interested in connecting with Queensland’s genre heritage.

Tours will focus on the history of specific genres. Tours include:

• Adventure and Fantasy: Friday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

• Romance: Friday, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

• Crime: Saturday, 10:30 AM – 11:130 AM

• Romance: Saturday, 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Space in each tour is  limited to a maximum of 20 people. If you’d like to register for a tour, email the details to Peter at [email protected] or check for the sign-up sheet at registration.

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