Events & Exhibits

Scotch Tasting

Guy Gavriel Kay and Mary Robinette Kowal are hosting a Scotch Tasting event at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, November 5, in the Conference Theater on the Ballroom level. 
This is a limited event, and tickets must be purchased in advance.  A few tickets are available for the Scotch Tasting at $30 each.

Pre-Convention Workshops

For Attending members interested in getting an early start on their WFC 2014 activities, we will hold three pre-Convention workshops on Thursday, 6 November from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topics are:

Warfare for Writers - Award-winning author Timons Esaias ( will highlight the 'basics for writers who send characters into battle.'

Demystifying Crowd Funding - Ron Garner from Silence in the Library Publishing ( will delve into 'Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Your Publishing Future.'

The Tactics of Creating Alternate Histories - Jack Dann will lead a panel exploring the process and pitfalls of writing alternate history

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies will be from 8 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Thursday in Regency E & F on the Ballroom level.  Prior to the opening, there will be three workshops in the morning, then program items will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a two hour dinner break.

Ice Cream Social

The convention will have an old-fashioned ice cream social in the Regency Ballroom Foyer on Thursday evening, November 6, at 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., to honor the Nominees as well as Les Edwards (who loves ice cream) and our other Guests of Honor.

In addition to eating ice cream, we'll present Award Nominees with World Fantasy Nominee pins, fete the Guests of Honor, and recognize the Life Achievement Honorees.

With toppings !

Mass Autograph Session

The Friday evening WFC 2014 Mass Autograph session is open to all members.  It will be in the Independence Center of the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and will be accompanied by a reception and a cash bar from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Authors, artists, editors, and other literary lights may pick up their name tent beginning at 7:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to find an agreeable seat.  For our Honored Guests, an agreeable seat will be saved for you.

Please note that we reserve the right to limit the number of books that may be signed at one pass through an autograph line.

No wheeled carts or wheeled luggage will be allowed in the Mass Autographing room.

Art Show Reception

A reception honoring our artists will be held Saturday evening, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom Foyer.

The Virgil Finlay Centenary Prize for the Best in Show will be presented at the Reception.  The exhibiting artists will choose the winner.


Virgil Finlay Collections

Several collectors of Virgil Finlay originals have agreed to exhibit some of the finest examples of his artwork at the convention.

Jane Yolen Exhibit

There will be a special exhibit of Jane Yolen’s work featuring international editions and cover artwork for many of her novels.

World War I Retrospective

The First World War marked the end of old empires and the beginning of new ones.  It was also the advent of a newer, brutal, mechanized warfare with the introduction of tanks, machine guns, and poison gas.  It was a war that never should have happened, and WFC 2014 will examine it with an extensive exhibit of WWI artifacts and documents from one of the best collections in the country.

Hugo Award winning author Edward James is gathering material on science fiction and fantasy writers' participation in WWI, and we hope to have a display of his work at the convention.  His web site is Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War