An uplifting, collaborative and educational conference for writers, those who want to be writers, and those who want to support writers, whether fans or service providers.
utopYA is a four-day event filled with motivational conference activities, an awards ceremony, social mixers and more.
Twenty-four (24) panels spread out over two full conference days are filled with writers and experts in the publishing and entertainment industries who share their insight and valuable tips with established and aspiring authors, bloggers and screenwriters to improve their craft and advance their careers, as well as FUN panels for fans where then can directly influence and interact with their favorite authors!
Over 150 Exhibitors
Book store on site
Beginner, Advanced and Fan Panel Session Tracks
Meet your favorite authors in friendly, level playing field environment.
This conference is for:
- self- and indie-published authors*
- traditionally published authors *
- hybrid authors*
- comic book writers and creators
- book bloggers
- book tubers
- web and graphic designers
- book cover and author branding photographers
- book trailer producers
- book cover models
- FANS of all of the above
* utopYA caters to the full gamut of those on any side of the publishing fence because we have a lot to learn from each other, much we can share and even more we can innovate together.
And you won’t want to miss the Fourth Annual utopYA Awards on Saturday night, where we celebrate the writers, producers, editors, bloggers, designers and others who bring our favorite characters and stories to life!
With 30+ categories, live music, interactive live streaming and celebrity hosts and guests, it’s YOUR chance to dress up and get down with your favorite authors and friends!
A quick look at 2015:
Wednesday, June 17:
Badge Pick-up 2-5 PM - Lobby
Query Letter Workshop w/ CJ Redwine 4 PM
Newtopia Party 6 PM - Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (room TBA) - for shy or first-time attendees, this is a party with a fun BINGO-style game that lasts all weekend long to help you break the ice AND make the most of your conference experience. Chance to win a HP Time Turner!!
Thursday - Friday, June 18-19
Two full days of panels, exhibitors, meet & greets, parties and the best keynote speakers.
Includes utopYA Idea Exchange:
Similar to the massively popular TED talks, the utopYA Idea eXchange gives you the chance to share your ideas with attendees at the 2015 utopYAcon.
Twelve (11) Talks were chosen from among dozens of entries to share their ideas on piracy, confidence, publisihing, marketing, community-building, craft, trends, good-doing, and forward-thinking.
Thursday Keynote - Denise Grover Swank - 9 AM
Friday Keynote - Lauren Miller - 9 AM
Afterlight Film Premiere & Reception 7 PM Friday night
Steampunk-themed Cosplay Karaoke 9 PM Friday night
Saturday, June 20:
Keynote - Kim Holden - 9 AM
Signing Event 11 AM - 4 PM
Fourth Annual utopYA Awards 8:30 PM
Sunday, June 21:
Closing ceremonies: Prizes, Raffles and more
Post-con afternoon Write-In
Grab your ticket and reserve your room in the official conference hotel, Millennium Maxwell House, now!
REFUND POLICY: No transferring or reselling of tickets allowed. Not for use in giveaways, contests or sweepstakes. Full refund available up to 60 days from purchase (unless April 30, 2015 comes first). After 60 days, refund minus processing fees available until April 30, 2015. No refunds after April 30, 2015.