FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register?
Registration is now open!
Registering is easy! Just click here to be taken to our registration page. You do NOT have to be a member of RWA to register. There is a nonmember option. Be sure to sign up for our Master Class (extra fee of $55—and well worth it), as well as Agent-Editor Roundtables (free) and a Manuscript Critique(extra fee of $35). See below for more information on some of these topics.
I want to change my registration. Can I do that?
You can, although we will have to cancel your existing registration and reregister you, so it’s easier to sign up for everything you want at the time of your initial registration. However, if you need to make a change, please use the Contact Us form on the website. *Note that no changes can be made to a registration after 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2017.
I want to cancel my registration. How do I do that?
You can, but we hope you won’t so you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful workshops and opportunities Connecticut Fiction Fest offers. If you must cancel, please use the Contact Us form on the website. Our cancellation policy is as follows, and we regret that we are unable to accommodate any exceptions:
Up to 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2017: full refund, minus $25.00 processing fee
After 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2017: no refunds
I’m only coming for one day. Can I get a pro-rated registration?
No. We have only full registrations available.
I don’t have a finished manuscript. Should I still come?
Absolutely! Fiction Fest has a wide range of workshops, most of which will be useful to writers at any stage of their careers.
I don’t write romance. What’s in it for me?
Have you looked at the workshops we’re offering? Most of our workshops are applicable to any genre. We even have a full mystery-suspense track. There is plenty for everyone at Connecticut Fiction Fest.
I need a roommate? Can you help?
We have set up a Facebook Event page. Why not post a request there?
Where can I get directions to the venue?
Click here for directions to the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center.
I am on a special diet. Can you accommodate me?
As part of your registration process you are able to notify us of any dietary restrictions. We and the conference venue will do our best to accommodate you.
I see that dinner is not included any evening. Where can I eat?
You are in luck. Norwalk has a variety of places to choose from in all price ranges. The conference hotel has an onsite restaurant, Adam’s Rib. We have also prepared a list of some nearby restaurants, many within walking distance. Click here to be taken to that list.
What should I wear?
You will be mingling with industry professionals, including editors from major publishing houses, literary agents, and published writers. Business casual attire is your best bet to present a professional image. Dress comfortably but be classy. It is helpful to dress in layers as temperatures can fluctuate from room to room.
What should I bring?
As part of our attendee registration bag, you will be provided with a notebook containing all the information you need about the conference, as well as paper for taking notes and space for all the handouts you will be provided at the various workshops. You will want to bring your favorite writing implement. If you prefer to take notes on your laptop or tablet, that is fine, but be aware that the workshops are set up auditorium style, with chairs only, no desks or tables.
Can I record the workshops for future use?
Sorry, but no. Recording is not allowed. *If you have a challenge that requires special accommodation, please contact us, confidentially, here.
What's a Masterclass? Why should I sign up for it?
Our Masterclass is an in-depth workshop presented by marketing expert Jane Friedman. Click here for more information on Jane.
Can I bring a copy of my manuscript or self-published novel to give to the agents and editors?
No. It is not professional behavior to do so. If you are requested to submit your work to an agent or editor, please follow the instructions they give you.
I'm signed up for the agent-editor roundtables. How does that work?
You will bring with you the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around, in Times New Roman or Courier 12 point font. You will be assigned to a table with an agent or editor, as well as a published author. The published author will read your page aloud, and the agent or editor will offer feedback. No one else at the table is allowed to comment. You can present your page anonymously or identify yourself. If the agent or editor is interested in seeing more, he or she can let you know. Click here for more information.
I'm signed up for a manuscript critique. How does that work?
We will do our best to match you with your first choice from among our agents and editors. When requested to do so (an email will be sent to you in mid-August), you will electronically submit the first 15 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around, in Times New Roman or Courier 12 point font. We will forward your submission to the agent or editor, who will review your work. At the conference, you will be assigned a time to meet with your agent or editor for a 12-15 minute one on one meeting to discuss your work. Click here for more information.
Are there other opportunities to pitch the agents and editors?
Our agents and editors (click here for a list) will be mingling at the conference on Saturday when they are not otherwise scheduled. Following Saturday’s daytime workshops, there will be a cocktail hour (you will pay for your own drinks) in the bar, and you may also mingle with our agents and editors than in a relaxed, informal setting.
How does the Silent Auction work?
We will have a number of baskets, items, and services on which you may place a bid. Bid sheets will be placed in front of each item. There is no minimum bid on any item. You will write down your bid, and simply check back periodically to see if you wish to increase your bid. The auction will close during lunch on Sunday, and winners will be announced before the Sunday afternoon workshops begin. Payment must be made at the time winners are announced. We are able to accept cash, check, or Paypal only.
I have a question you didn’t answer here. How can I contact you?
Just click here to be taken to our Contact Us form.
Your writers’ group sounds amazing! How can I join the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America (CTRWA)?
We would love to have you! Our members are published in many genres, both fiction and nonfiction. You must first join our national organization Romance Writers of America (www.rwa.org). Then you may join CTRWA by using this link.
Can I get the schedule on my Smartphone?
Yes, you can! We are using an app called Guidebook. The app is free (though there may be data roaming charges, please check with your carrier.) Please go to either the Apple App Store or the Google Play store and search for: Guidebook. The logo looks like this:
Once the app is downloaded on your smartphone, search for FICTION FEST 2017. Some features of Guidebook include clickable links to local restaurants, the ability to create a custom program with reminders and so much more.