Is There Interest In a Mid-West Regional Meet-Up/ Lecture?
As I've mentioned a few times, I am a long time member of the Archon Sci-Fi Convention community which is held near St. Louis, Missouri each year on the first weekend in October.
Their website: http://www.archonstl.org/
By long time member I mean my first was #5 where I met Steven King in an elevator. In 2017, it will hold its 40th continous year of celebration.
(Ok so I'm as old as the hills and twice as bushy, lol.)
Archon is a general sci-fi convention, with a broad range of interests for the fans, averaging around 2500-4000 people in attendace. It is held at a amazing convention center in Collinsville, east of St. Louis in Illinios. If you have never gone to a sci-fi convention, its a great time, alot of fun.
I have been working for the last couple of decades on the costume contest crew, and so I know about everyone that runs the thing. This past year I stepped back from that job, thinking that I wanted to focus more on promoting my writing and especially, promoting Green Wizardry.
One of the things they do is hold several lectures and/or demo classes each hour (called tracks). These can be anything from a guest reading by a well known writer, to a round table discussion on a variety of subjects. If I can get 3-4 other people who will commit to attending, I will approach the people who run the convention and get us a hour lecture on the tracks for Saturday.
I think this could be a great way to attract new people to what we do here, as well as promote JM Greer's work.
As a plus, St Louis has a great community of costumers, which really are just people who sew and make their own clothing, as well as "Maker Space" people, "Zombie Squad" (a tongue in cheek prepper group, and remember too, collapse fiction is hot.
There may well be a few lectures that you want to attend as well.
Ticket prices are $45 for the single day of Satuday, but I'm pretty sure I can pull a few strings and get that down to $20 for Green Wizards coming into town, or perhaps even free for those doing the lecture.
If you are far enough outside of St. Louis, and need a hotel room for the night, prices are around $125 a night for a room near enough to walk to the convention. And they sell out fast. Collinsville has 5-6 smaller hotels and one large one around the convention center. If you are willing to go a exit or two down the highway you can probably cut that in half.
If we can generate enough interest in this, a bigger repeat lecture next year or two, then I may be able to sell the people who run it, on the idea of having JM Greer as a guest. They would then pay for his travel and hotel, but that is far down the road.
Its 9 months out but what does everyone think?