ARRC2017: program launch
We are very excited to be able to launch the program for ARRC2017 today!
For the past several months the organising committee has been hard at work developing the program. We are planning to bring you more of what you loved at ARRC2015, plus a whole lot of new stuff.
If you are arriving on Friday, why not plan to come a little earlier and join other delegates for a sumptuous High Tea. We are still working on details of this, but please indicate when you register if you are interested in a ticket for this. We’ll be sure to let you know when they go on sale.
Friday evening will begin with our traditional welcome reception. This is your chance to meet authors, catch up with friends, and make new friends, in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Following the welcome we have a special evening of trivia, games and mayhem planned. We will let you know more about this once we have finalised the details, but we can say the whole evening is going to be a lot of fun. If you are able to, we recommend you come along for the Friday events.
Saturday will also feature our epic book-signing event—this time featuring about 80 authors. Plus of course the very popular awards dinner, where we will reveal our favourite romance books and authors for 2016.
This year we have worked harder than ever on the program themes, and we have also arranged some special treats. On Saturday we will have a screening of the documentary Love Between the Covers. A lot of people had missed the various screenings around Australia, so this is your chance to finally see this film about the romance fiction industry. On Sunday we will have a special Skype Q&A session with Thea Harrison.
We had a very long “shortlist” of program themes and we sent it out to attending authors to get their preference for themes. There were many topics that were very popular, which we think will bode well for the convention—we hope there will be something of interest for all romance readers as well.
Once again we will be featuring some sessions that are not panel discussions. We will have three separate speed dating sessions, which means even more one-on-one time for readers and authors. And we also have a special Miss Fortune’s Etiquette Lesson for those interested in Regency etiquette. It will include lessons on the language of the fan.
We will also be scheduling some exclusive ‘meet an author’ events in morning and afternoon tea breaks and of course we will have gold tickets again—a chance to join one of our keynote speakers for a private lunch.
Over the coming months we will be posting articles about each of the sessions to tantalise all our delegates. We aim to make the choice of sessions as hard as possible for you all!
And after a hectic and fun-filled weekend, what better way to wind down than with a lunch cruise on the river. Details of that will be available soon – you can note your interest when you register for the convention.
So, with the panels now mostly locked in, the draft program can be unveiled. There will be some refinement over the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to Melbourne in February next year!