Is BookFest held every year? No. BookFest @ IceFest is part of the IceFest celebration which is only scheduled in odd number years. Mad Anthony Writers Conference and Ryan’s Tavern-An Authentic Irish Pub co-sponsor BookFest as a service to authors in the area. Authors are not charged for space at this event nor a fee for setup, take down, clean up, or advertising. Neither Mad Anthony nor Ryan’s Tavern profits financially from this goodwill donation of space and service.
What is your refund policy? Your written cancellation/refund request must be received no later than ten (10) business days prior to the conference. A 10% administrative charge is deducted from the conference fee.
Facility and Food
Do you have comfortable chairs?
We feel we do. Murder & Mayhem and Saturday workshops are held at the lovely Harry T. Wilks Conference Center on the campus of Miami University Hamilton. Most chairs are cushioned but some of the workshop chairs are not. Sunday Master Classes are held at Ryan’s Tavern. Some of their chairs are cushioned and some are not. If you have a bad back or other physical issues, please bring a cushion that you can carry with you to make your stay more comfortable.
Do you serve gluten free food?
Our food has received “excellent” ratings all seven of our seven years. We do not specifically plan for gluten-free foods but we do try to offer a variety. Former attendees with special dietary needs have brought their own food. We have a wonderful caterer and usually serve sweet rolls, boiled eggs, fruit, chicken, salad, and bread.
Saturday Workshops and Appointments
May I change my workshop choice during the conference? May I visit all 3 workshops offered at the same time?
No, we regret that you cannot. We work with Miami University Hamilton to choose the most appropriate room for each workshop and plan ahead to have enough chairs. It simply is not fair to those who are registered—or to the instructor—to delay a workshop while more chairs are added, to be cramped in a room because more people came than were scheduled, and to cause visual and auditory distractions by coming in late or causing registered people to be late as they struggle to find a place to sit. In your Welcome Packet, you will have a ticket for each workshop you registered for. You must present that ticket to enter the workshop room. No exceptions.
Can I sign up for an appointment without going to the conference? No. Appointments are an added bonus of the conference and you must be registered for the Saturday workshops in order to get an appointment.
How many appointments can I sign up for? You may sign up for as many as you like as long as your registration check reflects the fee for each one.
Do I have to bring anything to the appointments? Please consult the particular requirements listed after the name of the appointment mentor on our Appointment page. Please send the requested material BY THE DEADLINE stated. Send to madanthony@WriteLikeMad.com You may want to bring to the appointment a copy of the material you sent in. Pitch and Advice appointments don’t require that you bring anything. It’s a good idea to bring paper and pencil to jot down notes. Most if not all mentors give verbal, not written, feedback.
How long are the appointments? They last the amount of time stated on our website Appointment page. Mad Anthony personnel will keep time and notify you and your mentor when 5 minutes remain and when time is up. Please help us keep on schedule by arriving at Schwarm Library early and leaving your appointment promptly.
Where are the appointments held? In Schwarm Library which is connected to the Wilks Conference Center on the second floor (a shorter way involves a very, very short walk outside.) Please ask at the Registration Desk for a volunteer to show you how to get there when you arrive. Check in at the library’s desk. A volunteer will walk you to the appointment room or space.
Do I have to leave a workshop to attend an appointment? Yes. Our mentors are willing to take appointments during the workshop day but are not on duty in the evening.
Why is there an additional fee for appointments? Because of the extra hours of work and the individual attention that our mentors give to each one.
How many Master Classes can I take? All seven Master Classes run simultaneously so you can only take one.
Do I have to be published to take a Master Class? Absolutely not! Master Classes are appropriate for beginners, intermediates, and multi-published writers alike because a given topic is explored intensely—to master more of a given topic. Continuing education is just as important for published writers as it is for anyone else, and questions from beginners might remind advanced writers of basics they have forgotten. Master Classes are also advantageous for writers moving between genres.
Can my spouse wait in Ryan’s Tavern while I am attending a Master Class? No, we regret that they may not. Ryan’s Tavern is closed that day and because we are offering seven different classes, space is very limited. Security and privacy regarding manuscripts are other issues. Please have your transportation person drop you off at Ryan’s Tavern at 8:30 A.M. and be waiting outside for you between noon and 12:15 P.M.