Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

You’ve been waiting for it, and early bird tickets are on sale for Midwest Craft Con now! The first 100 tickets are $199 each, and after that, the full price is $249. Get your early bird ticket while you can — when the early bird tickets sell out, they’re gone.

What is this?

The Midwest Craft Con is a three-day retreat for mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners. The conference will include inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. But it won’t be all work: You’ll make new friends at our evening mixers, explore our trade show and network with makers — it’ll be a weekend-long retreat with your best craft buddies. We hope you can join us!

Our keynote speakers are Abby Glassenberg and Lisa Congdon. Read more about them here. We’ll be announcing the rest of the schedule in the fall. If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give, fill out this form! Speakers will get a full pass to the conference, but note that we won’t be able to invite everyone to speak. If you want to be at Midwest Craft Con come hell or high water, get an early bird ticket to be safe, and if we pick you as a speaker, we’ll refund the price.

When is it?

Midwest Craft Con will be from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19 to 21, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

What’s included?

Three days of sessions, panels and keynote speakers, plus fun maker-centric activities and ample socialization time. Your ticket to Midwest Craft Con gets you 24-hour access to the Hyatt. Note that you’ll be responsible for paying for your own room and meals aside from a few mixers we’ll host. When you register, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a link to reserve your hotel room.

We highly recommend staying on site, as events will go late into the evening, and our reservation of the hotel’s public spaces is contingent on having our people book rooms. We’ve negotiated a special price of $129 for a double and $159 for a quadruple, and we would be happy to help you find someone to share with if you’re coming on your own!

When you book your ticket, we’ll give you access to a private Facebook group just for conference attendees so you can start sharing stories and planning. That’ll be the place to go to find someone to share a room with or hitch a ride with!

Who should go?

Anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’re welcome here and you’ll come away from the weekend with lots of new ideas, techniques and friends.

What else do I need to know?

We aim to make this conference inclusive and fun, so you should have a look at the Code of Conduct that we expect all attendees to adhere to.

Help out a fellow maker!

You also have the option to donate to our scholarship fund on our Eventbrite page. Consider giving a dollar or two to help out a crafter who can’t afford this awesome experience on their own right now.

Can I come for just one day?

We may have some one-day passes available, but that will not be determined until early 2016.

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2 comments

  1. […] Running a craft business can be a lonely endeavor. When you make a living selling what you make, you’re usually, well, making stuff. A revived creative business conference will get makers together to learn from each other and from experts in the creative fields. Midwest Craft Con is Friday to Sunday, February 19-21, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, and early bird tickets are on sale now! […]

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