Due to COVID, our 2021 North American conference will be all virtual.

While we are disappointed not to be able to meet in person, this is a chance for some exciting new opportunities. Rest assured that you can still look forward to the quality panels, presentations, cozy chats, and workshops you’ve come to expect from our conference. These will be live sessions with real-time interaction. Because networking and socializing with fellow historical fiction lovers is such a huge part of our conference, we hope to keep that spirit alive with conversation rooms, meet & greets, and other virtual social events. We will also feature virtual pitch sessions with our stellar lineup of agents and editors, and we are working to make the Blue Pencil Café virtual as well. We have partnered with EventMobi to provide a robust, all-inclusive platform for our virtual conference. Going virtual allows us to schedule content throughout the day and evening across multiple days to ensure that attendees from time zones all over the world will have the chance to participate. And a virtual conference paves the way for something so many of you have asked for in the past—sessions that are recorded so you can revisit at your leisure.

Although we won’t be able to meet in San Antonio in 2021, the board is working on ideas to infuse the virtual conference with a taste of the city to give you a preview of what you can look forward to when we are able to meet in person again in San Antonio in June 2023.

Can those outside of North America participate in the virtual conference?

Of course! That’s one of the wonderful benefits of a virtual conference—the chance to attend an event that may ordinarily be difficult for you to attend in person, and from the comfort of your home!

Though the number of hours you are ahead or behind of US Central Time will affect how much you can reasonably attend live, don’t worry! All panels, presentations, cozy chats, and author spotlights will be recorded, plus Cold Reads, Lisa See’s Book Clubs, Lunch with Lisa, Jane Friedman’s Q&A, and Hooch Through History Live. Master class recordings will be available to attendees who register for them. (Additional fees apply.) That’s over 100 hours of programming available for on-demand viewing! Please note that Lisa See’s special events will only be viewable for 30 days, but everything else, including our prerecorded Historical Highlight and Hooch Through History videos, will be available for 90 days.

Our highly interactive sessions such as Conversation Rooms and evening entertainment (Trivia, Music, History After Dark) will not be recorded, but we do have scheduled events taking place over a 15-hour period each day for seven days, so chances are, no matter where you are in the world, at some point during the day you’ll have the ability to view or participate in live sessions. And the ones you can’t catch live you can watch at your leisure after the conference.

Our 2023 conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas. 

San Antonio has been named the #1 conference city in the U.S. for the last four years in a row.

Forbes magazine notes: “The city has a distinct Hispanic culture, feels more like a European city than American” and “the famous River walk is loaded with hotels, restaurants, and businesses.”

The conference hotel is located downtown where hotel guests can easily explore a wide variety of attractions along the vibrant River Walk, survey the city from the Tower of the Americas, or soak in the history of the nearby Alamo. Other places of interest include the historic Pearl District, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and Missions National Historical Park.