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So I help organize a convention in Minneapolis every June. It's called 4th Street Fantasy.

It's an awesome, small, intimate, and very nerdy place to talk about books a lot, and it's my favorite convention of all the conventions there are.

I'd love it if you'd consider coming, but registration caps around 230, so... you probably need to decide.

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I didn't know you were helping organize 4th Street, Bear. Maybe you can tell me if the focus has shifted any. When the con reappeared it was very much a discussion about the craft of writing. A few years after that it had become just another fan convention. There are plenty of conventions about being book fans, but I would love to find a convention that focused on craft.

I know that Steven doesn't see a difference, but I disagree with him. I can contribute to a discussion about craft; I cannot contribute to discussions about books that I haven't read (which, judging from past years, is about 90% of the books mentioned at the con.)
What we've done is split off a writer's seminar, which takes place before the con proper.

I tend to think there's a lot of discussion of both writing and reading throughout the convention, however. Not all attendees are writers; not all conversations are going to be about writing.

However, we do really focus on the idea of the *conversation*, and the ethos that everybody in attendance has things to add to it. So I would hesitate to call it "just another fan convention." I think we're a bit more socialized than most.
Yeah. Being antisocial as I am, though, there isn't much that appeals to me in that kind of format. I like the structure of having teachers and students.
You might or might not like the writer's seminar. It's a series of interviews and panels on aspects of writing science fiction.
I was at the writer's seminar the first year you held it.

You will never not forget who I am, will you? :)
I know exactly who you are. But I don't presume to have any knowledge of your response to the seminar.