RWA 2011 in NYC – things to think about

If you’ve never been to New York City before, and if you’re debating whether or not to attend the 2011 RWA National Conference in New York City, here are some of my thoughts.

Because the city is a major destination, it might be easier to find cheap flights; if you live in an area where it’s possible, it’s also very easy to take the train to Penn Station, which is close to the conference hotel. The hotel, the Marriott Marquis, is expensive, but unlike in some other cities, you won’t be limited to the onsite hotel restaurants; Midtown is crowded with restaurants with a wide range of prices. (Though take note, the Marquis has a cool revolving rooftop restaurant!)

Depending on your tourism desires, sightseeing can also be very cheap in New York, if you’re willing to walk and take the subway. (Cabs are reasonable as well, but sometimes hard to come by during rush hour or in certain neighborhoods). There are myriad guides and helpful websites to tourism in the city. And the people-watching can’t be beaten.

Plus, you can also attend the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, which is piggybacked on RWA. One trip, two conferences!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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7 Responses to RWA 2011 in NYC – things to think about

  1. Gwen Hayes says:

    so true! I can't wait!

  2. Jenna Reynolds says:

    I'd love to visit New York and it would be my first RWA conference and the other conference sounds great too! Pretty much all depends on, yep, you know it! Money!

  3. Victoria Janssen says:

    For me, this one is actually a little easier because it's only a train or bus ride away. Though hotel cost is still a factor.

  4. Felicia Lind says:

    I had to cancel this year so I really want to go. Cheap flights and I've never been to NY.

  5. Mima says:

    i'd like to do both conferences too!

  6. Julie Hurwitz says:

    And remember, there's not just one airport to fly into, but several. You can even fly into Newark, if you're willing to figure out how to take the train into NYC.

    And the hotel is right there on Times Square. I can't wait for some musicals.

  7. Victoria Janssen says:

    Good point! Some flights into Newark are much cheaper.

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