Tips

  1. What to wear: We want you to consider the WIWC a home away from home, a place where you can chill out, relax, and meet new people. We want you to learn, learn, learn. So, as far as clothes are concerned: wear whatever you like that makes you comfortable —just no jammies. If jeans and cowboy boots are your thing — go ahead. Some people feel they should be dressed their best because you never know who you will meet, especially with agents and publishers hanging around. I suppose there is merit in that. One man I met at a California conference always wore a suit and tie. He didnít get an agent but I did and I was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt.
  2. Weather: Windsor has interesting weather in May: one day it can be 80 degrees F. and the next in the mid 30s . It also rains a fair bit. This is where that old motto “Always be prepared” comes in handy. The hotel only has 214 rooms , so you should book your room early. Pack a sweater. And, if you are planning on going outside, definitely bring a jacket or trench coat. Portable umbrellas are also nice.
  3. What to bring: Do bring pens, pencils, your laptop —and make yourself business cards!!!!! The name tag we will have for you has a space behind your name where you can have them readily at hand, and give a lot of them out. (you can also place the ones you receive in the back as well. Just remember to remove them at the end of each day so you have room to collect more the next day) At any given conference I have attended I have given out at least 50-100 and I still keep in touch with a lot of those same people, including my agent.
  4. NB!!! Let us know!: If you have allergies, dietary restrictions, medical problems, disabilities etc. We are here to make your stay with us as enjoyable and safe and healthy as possible.
  5. Parking: The Holiday Inn has ample parking.
  6. Register early: We are limited in the number of attendees we can have so register early. We also have early bird savings you will want to take advantage of!  The first one is gone already, so book early.
  7. Bookstore: We will be having a bookstore that will take VISA, MASTERCARD.
  8. Touring the area: As we mentioned earlier, Windsor/Detroit has a colourful history, which means we have quite a few interesting sites to see. If you want to arrive a few days early or leave a few days late we will be happy to help you arrange your time. There is Point Pelee National Park, the winery tour, Hiram Walkers, and the infamous Rum Runners tour that talks about our times in Prohibition. We have Caesarís Casino . And a lot more, some of it within walking distance.
  9. We will add to this list as the dates of the conference draw near.