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03 June 2009 @ 11:29 am
Sirens Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 6 (June 2009)  
This is the official newsletter for Sirens, a conference dedicated to women in fantasy literature. The newsletter is published once a month to the Sirens forums, mailing list, LiveJournal, Facebook, and MySpace. Between regular editions, the Sirens LiveJournal also hosts special updates, in-depth information posts, and helpful hints for traveling, registering, and getting involved with programming. This newsletter is part of the Sirens website and is not presented under a cut on LiveJournal. Once a month, you'll have a longer post on your LiveJournal friends list. For alternatives, please click here.





Sirens
Volume 1, Issue 6
June 2009



Programming Deadline, We Really Mean It
The extended (and absolutely final) deadline for programming proposals is this Sunday, June 7, 2009. Even if this is your first conference, we encourage you to share what you know with others through papers, panels, workshops, or even by leading a roundtable discussion. Find all the information you'll need right here on the Sirens LiveJournal and the Sirens website.

We're also pleased to receive proposals for interactive afternoon classes. Share your related hobbies and activities with other attendees! The deadline for submitting to teach these classes is July 1, but if you can get your application in sooner, we’d certainly appreciate it.

Please also join in on our discussion of inspirations and favorite female characters in fantasy, whether or not you'll be proposing a presentation.

Programming Preview!
Want a sneak peek at a sample of the presentations for Sirens? Check out the new accepted proposals page on the Sirens website. (And if you're a presenter and don't see your accepted proposal, please don't panic; once we've confirmed your registration, the summary goes into a queue for editing and formatting, and it can take another few weeks to be published.)

Programming Panels
A few panels--one on women in Harry Potter, one on Mary Sues in fantasy, and one on Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer--seek additional panelists. If you'd rather not present on your own, consider taking part in one of these moderator-focused panels. Visit this entry for details and contact information.

Sirens Shuttle Between Denver International Airport and Vail
It can cost $100 or more one-way between Denver and Vail if you take a commercial shuttle, and as much or more to rent a car and park in Vail. We've found a way to get you there and back again for half the price--and give you a chance to meet other attendees on the way. A conference-sponsored shuttle will depart from Denver at 3:30 p.m. on October 1 and leave the Vail Cascade at 10:30 a.m. on October 4, which will accommodate flights arriving by 2:00 p.m. on October 1 or departing after 3:00 p.m. on October 4. Registered attendees will receive an e-mail as soon as shuttle tickets are available, and will have the first opportunity to purchase the limited seats.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa
Roommates wanted! If you're looking for someone to share a room with, check out the Sirens message boards to read or write advertisements.

One of the things we like best about the Vail Cascade is the library across from the main desk. The library was donated by a frequent patron of the Vail Cascade, and comfy couches and squashy armchairs overlook the patio on Gore Creek.

And see the screen on the right-hand wall? That's a computer terminal and printer, provided so that you can check in for your flight and print a boarding pass before you head home.

Quick Links
The Sirens Website and Tell a Friend Link
Registration
Travel
Become a Supporter
Read the FAQ

For More Information
Please feel free to contact us at [help AT sirensconference.org]. We're happy to answer any questions you might have.

See you in Vail!
 
 
 
Jazztheironchocho on June 5th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hi, I have a few questions about the shuttle. When you say half of the price, do you mean it will be $100 round trip? How many seats are available on the shuttle? Finally, will I be able to buy a seat for myself an a non-registered person? I might have a family member with me who will be interested in enjoying the resort, but not the conference.
Sirens Modssirens_mods on June 5th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Actually, we did a little bit better! The shuttle will be $95 round-trip, and that's based on a minimum of 10 people signing up. Right now there are 10 seats, but we can expand beyond that pretty easily.

And absolutely, you'll be welcome to buy tickets for non-registered folks. We know lots of people might have family or friends in tow, and we wouldn't want you to have to leave them at the airport!

Amy