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Midwest Craft Con will be at a time and place TBD in 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Our first two events were in February 2016 and 2017 at the Hyatt Regency. But the DIY spirit lives on year-round in the private Facebook group for Conners.

Midwest Craft Con is a three-day retreat for mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners. The conference will include inspirational speakers, 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 fellow makers — it’ll be a weekend-long retreat with your best craft buddies. Last year’s after-hours activities included karaoke, craft-offs and LOTS of googly eyes.

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’ll come away from the weekend with lots of new ideas, techniques and friends. here’s what people had to say about the 2016 conference:

“I feel like superwoman now thanks to all the encouragement.”

“This was such an amazing and affirming weekend. It was wonderful to be around my fellow crafters.”

“There was a moment during Lisa Congdon’s keynote where I just realized that I was in a room filled with such like-minded, goal-oriented crafty people. It had been a clear underlying theme all weekend, but something during her speech really drove it home for me. It felt so exciting to realize that there are so many of us out there, driving the handmade revolution!”

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. When you book your ticket, we’ll also 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!

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.