2009 SFWA business meeting scheduled for World Fantasy Convention

LOS ANGELES — Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America will hold this year’s annual business meeting at the 2009 World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, Calif.

The SFWA business meeting will be held the morning of Oct. 31 at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street in San Jose. A light continental breakfast will be served to SFWA members beginning at 8:00am, with the meeting commencing at 8:30am and running to 9:30am.  The business meeting was scheduled so as not to conflict with regular WFC programming.

“We are very grateful to World Fantasy for reaching out with this offer of aid,” said SFWA Secretary Mary Robinette Kowal. “As one of the most important annual conventions, a large number of our members already planned to attend. This partnership is a win-win for everyone, and allows us to honor the ‘Fantasy’ element of our mission.”

SFWA will not hold a business meeting during the upcoming 67th World Science Fiction Convention in Montréal, Québec. Massachusetts law—under which SFWA is incorporated—precludes meetings outside of the United States. Normally, the business meeting would be during a North American Science Fiction Convention, but NASFiCs are only scheduled when Worldcon occur outside North America.

iStock_000003773030XSmallAbout World Fantasy Convention

The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering of professionals, collectors and others interested in the field of light and dark fantasy art and literature. The number of attending memberships are limited, and usually sell out in advance of the start of the convention. The World Fantasy Awards are presented during a Sunday afternoon banquet.

Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday, the 2009 World Fantasy Convention will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in San Jose, Calif. For additional information, visit ://www.worldfantasy2009.org/

About SFWA

Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.

Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 1,500 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals.  Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction.