When do I pick up my registration materials?
Registration opens on Thursday, April 14, at 8:30 AM, 7:30 AM on Friday, April 15, and 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 16, in the lobby at the Tivoli Theatre. Your registration badge is your pass to all Conference events, including the Saturday luncheon at the Convention Center. Please wear it to all events.
Where can I learn more about the Conference venues, and get directions?
All Conference events except the Saturday luncheon and the dramatic reading are held at the Tivoli Theatre, a fabulous historic showplace known as the “Jewel of the South.” For over 85 years the grand theatre has entertained patrons, offering everything from silent movies to Broadway blockbusters. The Saturday Luncheon will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, and the Thursday night reading will be at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on River Street, one of the oldest community theatres in the country.
Can I purchase additional Conference programs?
One program is included with your registration. Extra copies are $5 while supplies last.
Can I buy a one-day ticket to the Conference?
One-day tickets are available for $55 on Thursday, $55 on Friday, and $65 on Saturday.
Do you offer a student price?
Full time students with a current school ID receive a Conference student price of $25, good for all three days including the Saturday luncheon.
Are any events open to the public without conference registration?
A badge is not required to attend the Friday night keynote address. A suggested donation will be accepted at the door. The Thursday night dramatic reading at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is open to the public. Without a Conference badge, tickets are $5 at the door.
Will the artwork at Tanner Hill Gallery’s PEN TO PAINT exhibit be for sale?
Paintings by Clyde Edgerton and Louis D. Rubin, Jr. will available for purchase at Tanner-Hill Gallery Warehouse Row Project Space (1110 Market Street). Hours are 12 – 5 PM Thursday-Saturday during the Conference. Call 423-280-7182 for more information.
Are refreshments provided during breaks?
Coffee is provided in the lobby during breaks. Bottled water is available for a suggested donation of $1 to support the Conference. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the theatre.
Is shuttle service provided for off-site Conference events?
* Dramatic Reading at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre: Free CARTA electric shuttles will be available Thursday night. North Shore shuttles buses run every 15 minutes from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Check the shuttle map and guide for more details.
* Book Notes reception at Warehouse Row: Tanner-Hill Gallery at Warehouse Row is located within easy walking and driving distance from the Tivoli Theatre. Refer to the map and parking sheet in your registration packet for more information. Warehouse Row is also on the CARTA free electric shuttle route, which runs until 11:00 PM.
* Saturday Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center: The Conference provides its own shuttle service for conferees attending. Catch the shuttle in front of the Tivoli Theatre starting 11:30 AM. Saturday conference shuttles are yellow school buses.
Is Conference parking provided for attendees?
The Tivoli Theatre does not offer parking. We recommend the following options:
*Park and Ride! CARTA South Garage (ride the free electric shuttle to the Tivoli Theatre) Located at 1400 Market St by the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Rates: $3.00/DAY
-JCB Lot- Located at the corner of 7th & Chestnut. Daily Rates: $2 - $8
-CitiPark Garage- Located on the corner of MLK Blvd & Chestnut St & Pine St. Rates: $2 - $7
-EPB Garage - Located between MLK Blvd & West 10th St, and Broad & Market St. Rates: $1 -$8
Will writers' books be sold the Conference?
Wild Hare Books, the Conference book vendor, will offer a wide selection of titles from all the writers, on sale throughout the Conference. Cash, check or major credit cards will be accepted. Check the schedule for the official book signing times.
Where can I eat during "meals on your own"?
The downtown Chattanooga area offers many dining options to suit your tastes and wallet, including several within walking distance from the Tivoli. Dining guides and coupon booklets will be available at the Information table in the Tivoli lobby. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the auditorium.
Can I purchase video/audio tapes of the event?
At this time, no plans have been made to record Conference sessions.
How many people attend the AEC Conference? Can I meet the writers?
On average, 1,000 people from across the country attend the Conference. There are scheduled book signings and breaks between events, at which time many writers mingle with attendees. Check the Conference schedule for details.
What do people wear to the Conference?
Guests are welcome to wear comfortable, business casual clothes to all events. The weather is usually mild in Chattanooga in early April, but cool temperatures and wind are not uncommon, especially in the evening. It would be wise to bring a coat or jacket.