ObitCon 2017

The Grim Reaper’s writing team will gather in Chicago


Oh yes, I will be attending ObitCon 2017.

Fellow writers on the death beat, come hang out in Chicago this fall. From Oct. 13-15, obituary writers from all over the world will participate in the fifth conference of The Society of Professional Obituary Writers.

Here’s the schedule of events:

On Friday night, ObitCon participants will attend a meet and greet at Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston, Ill. Afterwards, interested society members will walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

On Saturday, participants will gather at the offices in Evanston, Ill. to engage in talks about obits and obituary writing. There will also be a screening of the documentary, “Obit,” followed by a discussion of the film with director Vanessa Gould.

On Sunday morning, Grimmys will be awarded in the following categories: best short form obit (under 800 words), best long form obit (over 800 words), best obit of an ordinary Joe/Jane, obituary writer of the year and lifetime achievement in obituary writing.

If you’d like to attend this three-day weekend of professional development and camaraderie, be sure to submit your vacation requests now. Tickets for the conference cost just $25 per person.

To register, click here.

Deadline to register is September 25, 2017.

Can’t attend? All events will be tweeted using the hashtag #obitcon.

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