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  • We are pleased to announce that Katherine Kurtz will be at Chessiecon 2018 as our special guest!
  • We now have a Discord server! If you have a Discord account and would like to keep in touch with fellow attendees, ask questions of the convention staff in real time, or share your pictures or art projects, please come join us through this code!

Register for 2018

Dec 31Mar 15Nov 1At Door
Young Adult
Children under 12 are always free.

Contact Us

TSFS, Inc.
PO Box 83032
Gaithersburg, MD 20883-3032

Jo WaltonGuest of Honor

Jo Walton has published thirteen novels, most recently Necessity. She has also published three poetry collections, an essay collection, and Starlings, a collection of short stories. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw in 2004, the Hugo and Nebula awards for Among Others in 2012, and in 2014 both the Tiptree Award for My Real Children and the Locus Non Fiction award for What Makes This Book So Great. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are much better. She gets bored easily so she tends to write books that are different from each other. Her work includes two alternate histories, a trilogy about gods and robots setting up Plato's Republic, an urban fantasy, a domestic fantasy, a sentimental Victorian novel where all the characters are dragons, and she is presently working on a book she describes as "Savonarola Groundhog Day". She also reads a lot, enjoys travel, theatre, talking about books, and eating great food. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.

Dr. Mary CrowellMusic Guest of Honor

Dr. Mary Crowell has released three solo physical albums, the most recent being Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour (2017) recorded at Mystic Fig Studio and funded through a Kickstarter. The work focuses on themes of mythology and mortality. Her previous album (also recorded at Mystic Fig Studio) is Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories (2012), a love letter to the hobby of gaming. Courting My Muse (2007), recorded by Greg Robert in the Vault, collects some of her earliest songs created for the filk community. She also has a compilation album of music she made for her patrons in the first year of her Patreon available at Bandcamp called Mary Crowell's Patreon Year One (2017).

She is active in several bands, but primarily gigs with Play It With Moxie and Three Weird Sisters, releasing respectively Play It With Moxie, Live! (2012) and, Third Thyme’s the Charm (2012). Both bands were created in the greater Atlanta area of Georgia through the GAFIA filk community, but now include members living in London, England; Toronto, Ontario; and the Midwest.

Dr. Crowell also teaches music theory and music appreciation at a local North Alabama community college as well as private piano lessons out of her home studio. She loves to write songs about mythology, gaming, beagles, pomegranates, and lately—running. She has been enjoying the challenge of writing a song per week (or more) since the beginning of 2017 as part of an online songwriters group. She also makes short quirky midi compositions and arranges piano music, violin and piano duets, marimba duets, and more! These past two years she’s been filming and editing fun music videos with a host of incredibly creative people (including her son Simon Crowell and her husband Wesley Crowell) for her patrons on Patreon. http://patreon.com/drmaryccrowell.

Katherine KurtzSpecial Guest

Katherine Kurtz graduated from the University of Miami and, later, UCLA. While establishing her writing career, she worked as an instructional designer for the Los Angeles Police Academy. Her best-known work, the Deryni series, ranks near the top of modern fantasy fiction. After more than 20 years living in a gothic revival house in Ireland, Ms. Kurtz and her producer husband Scott MacMillan now live with their two basset hounds and three cats in a historic home in Staunton, Virginia.