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To give its far-flung membership a chance to meet, and to present papers orally with audience response, The Mythopoeic Society has been holding conferences since its early days. These began with a one-day Narnia Conference in 1969, and the first annual Mythopoeic Conference was held at the Claremont Colleges (near Los Angeles) in September, 1970. (Following the 1969 Narnia conference and the first three Mythcons, the Society published small informal volumes of conference proceedings (index available) but, in subsequent years, papers were submitted to Mythlore if the scholar so chose.) The table below contains summary information about each of the Mythopoeic Conferences.

Past Conferences By Date, Location, and Theme


Mythcon 1
September 4-7, 1970 - Claremont, California

Clyde S. Kilby, guest of honor

Mythcon 2
September 3-6, 1971 - Santa Barbara, California

Mary McDermott Shideler, guest of honor

Mythcon 3
June 30-July 4, 1972 - Long Beach, California

Poul Anderson, guest of honor

Mythcon 4
August 17-20, 1973 - Santa Barbara, California

Peter S. Beagle, Richard Plotz, guests of honor

Mythcon 5
August 23-26, 1974 - Claremont, California
The MabinogiCon: Celtic and Welsh Influence in Mythopoeic Literature

Evangeline Walton, Kathryn Lindskoog, guests of honor

Mythcon 6
August 15-18, 1975 - Claremont, California
The Fictional Worlds of C.S. Lewis

Walter Hooper, Ed Meskys, guests of honor

Mythcon 7
August 13-16, 1976 - Sacramento, California
Arthurian Elements in Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien

Thomas Howard, guest of honor

Mythcon 8
August 26-29, 1977 - La Jolla, California
The "Lesser" Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Richard L. Purtill, guest of honor

Mythcon 9
August 11-13, 1978 - West Sacramento, California
"DeryniCon"

Katherine Kurtz, guest of honor

Mythcon 10
July 12-15, 1979 - San Jose, California
"The Silmarillicon"

Annette Harper, Jim Allan, guests of honor

Mythcon 11
July 25-28, 1980 - Reno, Nevada
Joy in the Great Dance

Glen GoodKnight, guest of honor

Mythcon 12
August 7-10, 1981 - Oakland, California
A Festival in Faerie

Elizabeth M. Pope, Joe R. Christopher, guests of honor

Mythcon 13
August 13-16, 1982 - Orange, California
"Celtic Con": The Celtic Influence on Fantasy Literature

Special Guests: Nancy-Lou Patterson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tim Kirk, Katherine Kurtz,
Kathryn Lindskoog, Ataniel Noel, Paul Edwin Zimmer, Bernie Zuber

Mythcon 14
August 12-15, 1983 - Claremont, California
Mythic Structures in Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams

Clyde S. Kilby, Stephen R. Donaldson, guests of honor

Mythcon 15
August 10-13, 1984 - Oakland, California
The Wood Between the Worlds

Jane Yolen, Paul F. Ford, guests of honor

Mythcon 16
July 26-29, 1985 - Wheaton, Illinois
A Kinship of Dancers: Interplay in the Lives and Works of Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams

Patricia A. McKillip, Peter Schakel, guests of honor

Mythcon 17
August 8-11, 1986 - Long Beach, California
The Daughters of Beatrice: Women in Fantasy

Charles de Lint, Judith Kollmann, guests of honor

Mythcon 18
July 24-27, 1987 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Looking Back From Weathertop: A Fifty Years' Retrospective on The Hobbit

Christopher Tolkien, John Bellairs, guests of honor

Mythcon 19
July 29-August 1, 1988 - Berkeley, California
Legends for a New Land: Fantasy in America

Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Attebery, guests of honor

Mythcon 20
July 28-31, 1989 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Mythic Elements in Fantasy

Guy Gavriel Kay, Raymond H. Thompson, guests of honor

Mythcon 21
August 3-6, 1990 - Long Beach, California
Aspects of Love in Fantasy

Diana L. Paxson, Patrick Wynne, guests of honor

Mythcon 22
July 26-29, 1991 - San Diego, California
The Hero Cycle: Archetypes in Fantasy Literature

C.J. Cherryh, Stephen W. Potts, guests of honor

Mythcon 23
August 17-24, 1992 - Oxford, England
The J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference

(in conjunction with The Tolkien Society)

Mythcon 24
July 30-August 2, 1993 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Down the Hobbit-hole & Through the Wardrobe: Fantasy in Children's Literature

Carol Kendall, Jane Yolen, guests of honor

Mythcon 25
August 5-8, 1994 - Washington, D.C.
The Language of Myth

Madeleine L'Engle, Verlyn Flieger, Judith Mitchell, guests of honor

Mythcon 26
August 4-7, 1995 - Berkeley, California
Fairies in the Garden, Monsters at the Mall: Fantasy in the World Around Us

Tim Powers, Michael R. Collings, guests of honor

Mythcon 27
July 26-29, 1996 - Boulder, Colorado
The Inklings and Nature: Magic in the Mountains, Wonder in the Woods

Doris T. Myers, Ted Nasmith, guests of honor

Mythcon 28
August 8-11,1997 - Malibu, California
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Achievement of His Literary Life

Orson Scott Card, Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, guests of honor

Mythcon 29
July 15-20, 1998 - Wheaton, Illinois
C.S. Lewis: A Centenary Celebration

Paul F. Ford, Verlyn Flieger, guests of honor

Mythcon 30
July 30-August 2, 1999 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bree & Beyond: Exploring the Fantasy Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and His Fellow Travelers

Sylvia Hunnewell, S. Gary Hunnewell, Douglas A. Anderson, guests of honor

Mythcon 31
August 18-21, 2000 - Volcano, Island of Hawai'i, Hawai'i
Myth and Legend of the Pacific

Steven Goldsberry, guest of honor

Mythcon 32
August 3-6, 2001 - Berkeley, California
Many Dimensions: Modern Supernatural Fiction

David Llewellyn Dodds, Peter S. Beagle, guests of honor

Mythcon 33
July 26-29, 2002 - Boulder, Colorado
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy

Connie Willis, Alexei Kondratiev, guests of honor

Mythcon 34
July 25-28, 2003 - Nashville, Tennessee
From Athena to Galadriel: The Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic Fiction

Sherwood Smith, Dabney A. Hart, guests of honor

Mythcon 35
July 30-August 2, 2004 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bridges to Other Worlds: Thirty-five Years of Mythopoeic Scholarship

Neil Gaiman, Charles Huttar, guests of honor

Mythcon 36
August 11-15, 2005 - Birmingham, England
50 Years of The Lord of the Rings

(in conjunction with The Tolkien Society)

Mythcon 37
August 4-7, 2006 - Norman, Oklahoma
The Map & The Territory: Maps and Landscapes in Fantasy

Lois McMaster Bujold, Amy H. Sturgis, guests of honor

Mythcon 38
August 3-6, 2007 - Berkeley, California
Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery

Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, guests of honor

Mythcon 39
August 15-18, 2008 - New Britain, Connecticut
The Valkyrie and the Goddess: The Warrior Woman in Fantasy

Marjorie Burns, Sharan Newman, guests of honor

Mythcon 40
July 17-20, 2009 - Los Angeles, California
Sailing the Seas of Imagination

James A. Owen, Diana Pavlac Glyer, guests of honor

Mythcon 41
July 9-12, 2010 - Dallas, Texas
War in Heaven

Tim Powers, Janet Brennan Croft, guests of honor

Mythcon 42
July 15-18, 2011 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism

Catherynne M. Valente, Michael D.C. Drout, guests of honor

Mythcon 43
August 3-6, 2012 - Berkeley, CA
Across the Continents: Myths and legends from Europe and Asia meet and mingle

G. Ronald Murphy, Malinda Lo, guests of honor

Mythcon 44
July 12-15, 2013 - East Lansing, MI
Green and Growing: The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy

Douglas A. Anderson, Franny Billingsley, guests of honor

Mythcon 45
August 8-11, 2014 - Norton, MA
Where Fantasy Fits

Ursula Vernon, Richard West, guests of honor

Mythcon 46
July 31 - August 3, 2015 - Colorado Springs, CO
The Arthurian Mythos

Jo Walton, John D. Rateliff, guests of honor

Mythcon 47
August 5-8, 2016 - San Antonio, TX
Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

Midori Snyder, Andrew Lazo, guests of honor

Mythcon 48
July 28-31, 2017 - Champaign-Urbana, IL
All That Is Gold

William Fliss, Laura Schmidt, guests of honor

Mythcon 49
July 20-23, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
On the Shoulders of Giants

Robin Anne Reid, Donato Giancola, guests of honor







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