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January 9, 2019

Taken To The Wood-Sched

Well, not literally. Based on some feedback on social media, though, I thought now might be a good time to highlight a new, critical part of the StokerCon™ experience, introduced this year: our online scheduling website, called Sched. In an effort to improve the planning, implementation, and attendee experience of StokerCon™ conventions, the HWA purchased…

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December 28, 2018

Baby, you can drive my car.

Beep beep’m beep beep, yeah! For December’s blog post, I am going to move away from food, drink, and other convention fun and focus on how to get around town. Most attendees will fly into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport just outside of Grand Rapids. From there, you have two options to get to…

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October 16, 2018

Lost and Founders

In a previous blog, I talked about the New Holland Brewing Company and its resident beer garden, the Knickerbocker. Next on our list of brewpubs to visit while at StokerCon™ is Founders Brewing Company, located roughly half-a-mile from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel—easily within walking distance, or a quick Uber ride if it’s raining. Having…

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September 17, 2018

You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Buried

As part of our more fun-filled events at StokerCon™ 2019, we are pleased to announce our second Midnight Special! “The last thing I wanna see is myself at a podium, awkwardly trekking through what should be an immersive, electric story.” –Josh Malerman, StokerCon™ 2019 Guest of Honor From the day his first book, Bird Box,…

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August 19, 2018

Beer City, U.S.A.

StokerCon™ attendees do not live on bread alone (though it would be cheaper if we did). Since we don’t, however, there is always…beer. Grand Rapids, Michigan, known as Beer City, U.S.A., has more than eighty breweries within the city and the surrounding suburbs—more craft beer per square mile than any other place on earth. In…

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July 7, 2018

The Most Important Meal of the Day

No matter if you are an experienced conventioneer or a first-time attendee, one concern everyone shares is where do I go to eat? Visiting a new city, where few know the lay of the land, can be intimidating. People often stick with the hotel’s restaurants, which is fine. For StokerCon 2019™, the Amway Grand Plaza…

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June 11, 2018

“The Art of Darkness”

Most of what a StokerCon™ offers its attendees focuses on professional education and development. Panels and workshops. Guest lecturers to help both new and experienced writers advance their craft. Pitch sessions that give you the opportunity to put your work in front of key agents and publishers. By the end of the day, absorbing that…

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May 10, 2018

One Year and Counting

One year from today, the Horror Writers Association will convene in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, where members and non-members alike will revel in a weekend of horror, workshops, movies, horror, panels, presentations, autograph sessions, readings, horror, parties, an academic conference, an awards banquet, horror, a Librarians day, a new Bram…

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April 14, 2018

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The next post in our series will highlight the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, the venue for StokerCon™ 2019. Construction of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (then known as the Pantlind Hotel) began in 1913, and by 1925, the hotel was listed as one of the ten finest hotels in America. The Pantlind Hotel thrived until…

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March 21, 2018


Welcome to the StokerCon™ 2019 blog post series. Over the next fourteen months, we will publish several blogs highlighting the city of Grand Rapids, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and the upcoming convention. Be sure you check back for exciting announcements and interesting tidbits about what can expect come next May. But first–why Grand Rapids?…

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