Beyond programming, Sirens features keynote addresses, events, and other activities. The Sirens team creates these other events, and all of these events are, like programming, included with the registration fee as part of Sirens. Please read below for more information on these events and activities.
Finally, if you would like to extend your Sirens experience, we offer two additional, ticketed events prior to Sirens: the Sirens Studio, which includes workshop intensives and discussion time for readers, writers, and professionals, and the Sirens Supper, which is a chance for attendees to socialize over dinner.
Sirens Keynote Addresses, Events, and Activities
Our welcome reception on Thursday evening is the official opening of Sirens. We invite all attendees to join us for a dessert reception, which is followed by our team’s welcome remarks and Rebecca Roanhorse’s keynote address.
Books and Breakfast
Each year, Sirens selects tremendous, controversial, and popular books within our theme and invites attendees to bring their breakfast to a book discussion. Books and Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 25.
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera
Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Suzanne Scott’s keynote address.
Guest of Honor Book Signings
During Sirens, we set aside time for attendees to seek autographs and conversations with our guests of honor. You’re welcome to bring your own books for signing, or purchase books or bookplates from our bookstore.
Book Talk with Sirens
Narrate Conferences, Inc., the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that presents Sirens, offers a Sirens bookstore with over 1,000 fantasy and scholarly titles by women and nonbinary authors. The proceeds from the bookstore go toward supporting Sirens (thereby reducing registration costs for all attendees), so we hope that you’ll come shop. Amy Tenbrink, one of Sirens’s founders, who has read well over 1,000 fantasy works by women and nonbinary authors, and Faye Bi, Sirens’s Communications Director and a publicist in the publishing industry, will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat books, provide recommendations, and enthusiastically put a stack of great books in your hands.
On Friday night, we ask our guests to present their work, whether that’s through a reading, a presentation of research, or an exploration of craft. Most often, guests read from published or unpublished work, but in the past our guests have presented eloquently on other topics, such as the importance of “home” as a theme.
All attendees are invited to join us for breakfast and Mishell Baker’s keynote address.
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Ausma Zehanat Khan’s keynote address.
Don your finest—whether that’s your favorite ballgown, an elaborate costume, your superhero cape, or just jeans—and come to the Sirens Ball on Saturday night. We’ll have dancing, of course, as well as a quiet area nearby for conversation, and both the Murder Mystery and the silent auction will take place during the Sirens Ball.
Never fear, Captain Obvious is here! Or rather, was here, as he is clearly now very dead. Can you gather clues, unravel the plot, and deduce the killer? Our Murder Mystery will take place during the Sirens Ball, and we hope you come ready to play!
Each year, people donate items to Sirens’s auction, and Sirens auctions off those items and uses the proceeds to cover Sirens’s expenses (thereby reducing registration costs for all attendees). Our auction begins on Thursday afternoon with buy-it-now items in our community room and continues with a silent auction of all items during the Sirens Ball. Especially fabulous items will be auctioned off live at our Sunday Breakfast—where the auction is often rowdy and the bidding furious. The auction raises thousands of dollars for Sirens, and we hope you’ll consider donating an item or two.
We’ll close Sirens with breakfast, a live auction, and our closing remarks. All attendees are invited to join us for breakfast before buying a few last-minute books and heading home. Sirens will end at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
As Sirens’s schedule takes shape, we will develop additional activities to enhance our programs. In the past, these activities have included crafting, hiking, hot-tub time, writing challenges, interactive workshops, and fantasy-themed games.