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ARRC2015: program update

14 February 2015

arrc2015_banner_dark_200x200Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Since the launch of the ARRC2015 program in October last year we have continued to develop it and there have been a few little adjustments and substitutions made along the way. Nothing too major!

With the convention now less than three weeks away, we thought it was time to update you on these changes.

For those coming in early and joining the sight-seeing tour, note that the tour will now depart at 1.45 pm. Please assemble at the front of the QT Hotel from 1.30 pm. It will return to the QT by 5.00 pm. Don’t have your ticket for the sight-seeing yet? You can get one HERE.

We have also made an adjustment to the timing for the welcome reception. We had it scheduled for 1½ hours originally. But after finding out that we had to pay for a 2-hour drinks package even if the event was shorter, well we did the only thing we could do—we extended the welcome reception to be 2 hours! It will now run from 5.45 pm to 7.45 pm.

As a consequence of this, the start of the trivia night has been moved to 8.30 pm. We will need that time to reset the room and you will need the time to change out of your fancy duds and into something more comfortable. You’ve all bought your ticket for the trivia, right? We will have hot snacks at the trivia, so you must pre-purchase your ticket—you will not be able to buy them at the convention. In fact, tickets will only be on sale until 1 March. If you don’t have your ticket, you can buy one HERE. We’ll wait …

On to the specific program changes …

  • In session 1C (Beyond firsts: why we need NA) we have added in two authors—CJ Duggan and Maggie Gilbert.
  • In session 2C (Love, categorically) Rachel Bailey has replaced Paula Roe.
  • In session 4A (Where worlds collide: exploring the dark side) we have added Shannon Curtis.
  • In session 5D (Romancing the stars) Erica Hayes has replaced Imogene Nix.
  • In session 7A (Our world, other worlds) we have added Tracey O’Hara and Viola Carr.
  • In session 7B (Out of the closet) we have added Ellen Cross.
  • In session 7C (Small town seduction) Margareta Osborn has replaced Elisabeth Rose.

Here is a sparkling new version of the program:

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You can download a printable PDF of the program HERE.

We are fairly confident that this is all locked in now, but be sure to check the latest version of the program in the handbook you receive when you register. The handbook version will also include room allocations.

If you have not yet read the blurbs for the various panel sessions, you can find them HERE.

We also promised to let you know about two special extras we are planning for ARRC2015.

The first of these are special private tea breaks and lunches with the keynote speakers. When you receive your name badge and bag of goodies, check your bag for a gold or silver ticket. If you find a gold ticket this entitles you to a spot at one of the private keynote lunches. The silver tickets are for the private keynote tea breaks. There will be a sign-up sheet at registration on Saturday morning, where you can choose which keynote speaker’s table to join—but don’t delay because there are only 7 spots at each table.

We will also have ‘Meet an Author’ tables at three of the tea breaks. Eighteen authors have signed on to host a table each, and they will be waiting to welcome you with a special hostess bag. How do you get a spot at one of these tables? Look for tickets in your name badge holder and enter them into the draw for a spot with one of these mystery authors.

And don’t forget our speed dating and alpha hero poker sessions. There will be sign up sheets for both of these at registration as well. Spots are very limited, so plan your strategy carefully.

You have probably seen that we have sold all 100 author spots at the convention. The list of authors attending has been updated to reflect this. You can find the list HERE.

But there are still plenty of spots available for readers. If you haven’t registered yet (seriously? why not!) you can find the registration link HERE.

That’s everything. We will see you all in 20 days and counting …

(P.S. There are still tickets available for the welcome reception and the awards dinner—email us if you would like to add one to your registration.)

Cora and Debbie

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5 Comments
  1. 19 February 2015 1:40 pm

    Wish I could make it but unfortunately I can’t leave Perth that weekend. It was great meeting Sylvia Day last time she was in Melbourne thanks to ARRA giving me the opportunity when I won your competition, only wish Perth was included in her schedule this time but never mind, maybe next time!

  2. 18 February 2015 6:02 pm

    So looking forward to it – be there before we realize it! One minute it was months away, now it’s just a couple of weeks! Whoo hoo!

  3. 14 February 2015 3:18 pm

    Well done ladies and the committee – fantastic program!!

  4. 14 February 2015 2:44 pm

    The program looks great – congratulations.

  5. helensibbritt permalink
    14 February 2015 1:46 pm

    Countdown is on I am so excited🙂🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

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