Archive for March 2009

Sirens Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 3 (March 2009)

As you’ve noticed, we’re hosting a series on how you can participate in programming as a presenter on the Sirens LiveJournal. We encourage you to become a presenter yourself, whether this is your first conference or your hundredth. The majority of the presentations at Sirens will be designed, proposed, and presented by you–and they will represent your interests, research, work, and passions.

You can see the current posts on programming right here. We know of one person on the Sirens message boards who’d like to collaborate on a presentation about fantasy book covers. Join her–or post your own messages to discuss ideas.

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on programming! Later this week, we’ll provide how-to information for papers and panels, and next week, we’ll focus on workshops, roundtables, and afternoon classes. In the meantime, you can visit the programming page of our website for programming proposal instructions. Proposals are due April 12, 2009.


Programming Chat
We’re having a chat, and you’re invited!

Next week, we’ll hold a chat for those interested in Sirens. We’ll have staff available to answer your questions about programming, to help you work through ideas, and to suggest topics for you to present. You’re also welcome to come and connect with other Sirens attendees. We’ll hold a few more chats before Sirens at different times and on different days of the week if you can’t make it to this one.

DATE: Tuesday, March 24
TIME: 9-11 p.m. Eastern/8-10 p.m. Central/7-9 p.m. Mountain/6-8 p.m. Pacific

You don’t need to download anything or have any special software to participate–the webpage will turn into a chat room when the chat begins.


Sirens has a Twitter account, but we don’t plan to use it except during the conference, and then only for information that’s really vital to disseminate quickly. In fact, we hope we won’t need to use Twitter at all! That said, please feel free to follow the account–all tweets will be public, and the account won’t follow or add anyone. (If you don’t use Twitter, you can also subscribe to sirens_con’s RSS feed.) For more information about Twitter, please see their website.


Vail Cascade Resort and Spa
As a reminder, rooms at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa need to be reserved well in advance. You can find out how to do that via the Vail Cascade page on our website. By the time Sirens arrives, the Vail Cascade will be finished with a multi-million dollar renovation–and our rate of $109 (single/double) or $134 (triple/quad) for standard rooms is simply amazing. We hope that you and any traveling companions will take advantage of this discounted rate. You’ll have the most convenient conference lodging and you’ll help Sirens fill our room block, which means that we can have more space for programming, events, and activities.

Should you encounter any difficulty in making a reservation, please contact us; we can help clear up any confusion or problems.


Banner Exchanges
We’re excited to be exchanging banners and buttons with a number of sites, including newsletters, archives, conferences, artists, and online stores. To see the offerings or to exchange a banner, visit the Banner Exchange page on our website.


Quick Links
The Sirens Website and Tell a Friend Link
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For More Information
Please feel free to contact us at (help at We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.

See you in Vail!


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