Thursday, July 20, 2017

Registration for ObitCon 2017 opens

The fifth conference of The Society of Professional Obituary Writers will be held Oct. 13-15, 2017 at the offices in Evanston, Ill. Our current schedule of events is as follows:

On Friday, ObitCon participants will meet for dinner and drinks at an area restaurant.

On Saturday, participants will engage in discussions about obits and obituary writing, and attend a screening of the documentary, "Obit." A continental breakfast and a full lunch will be served. Special guests will be announced soon.

On Sunday, 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 join your fellow writers on the death beat for a three-day weekend of professional development and camaraderie, be sure to submit your vacation requests now. Tickets for the conference cost $25 per person.

To register, click here.

For those unable to attend, all events will be tweeted using the hashtag #obitcon.


Unknown said...

Does anyone know if this is just for working writers or could I attend as an aspiring writer? Thanks

Jade Walker said...


Aspiring obit writers are welcome to attend as well.

Tom said...

What is the address of the conference site?
What is the recommended hotel or closest hotel?

Jade Walker said...


The event will be held at the offices:
820 Davis St # 210.
Evanston, IL 60201

If you email, I can forward you a list of nearby hotels.