The conference starts on Saturday at Open Book (home of The Loft Literary Center). Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. I We hope you can all make it tonight--Friday night--to a reception followed by a presentation and Q & A about online critique groups by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton. The reception starts at 6:00 and is also at Open Book.
Here's a map from the conference hotel (an easy walk):
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Update: For those who are local or driving to the conference: President Obama will be attending a rally at the U of M on Saturday. While we don't anticipate this affecting much, it may be helpful to keep this in mind when planning your driving routes to and from Open Book (as it's not all that far from the campus). Basically, avoid the U.