Call for Submissions is Now Closed

Our community is constantly finding new ways to come together to spread creativity, inspiration, thought leadership, and market trends. 

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) invites you to share your expertise, showcase your products, and/or present best practices with the AFCI community at Creativation 2021, ​taking place January 14-18, 2021 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Why should you submit? This is your chance to educate creative business owners about your new products or share your business expertise. Participating in the Creativation education program enhances your presence at the show by driving booth traffic and building new connections.

Who is at Creativation? The audience is a wide spread of business owners, buyers, retailers, influencers, professional DIY-ers, and manufacturers in the creative industries.

What should you review before you submit? Download the Creativation 2021 Submission Checklist to view the information we'll ask you to submit; get familiar with the submission guidelines; and gain ideas on how to make your submission stand out.

Present at Creativation 2021 — Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2020

Apply to present below by clicking on the appropriate call for submissions button. The deadline to submit for the Creativation 2021's educational program has been extended to Monday, June 22, 2020. If you are interested in speaking but do not have a specific seminar to present, please still apply using the business seminar or general interest in speaking buttons below.

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AFCI Workshops are project-based, hands-on learning opportunities for attendees to test suppliers' product lines and practice craft techniques. Workshops run between 90 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the length needed to complete the project. The types of projects span a multitude of crafting styles including, but not limited to: fine arts, food crafting/edible arts, home décor, jewelry making, mixed media, needlework, paper crafting, party/special occasion, scrapbooking, sewing/quilting/fabric arts, DIY, and more. 

Please review the 2021 Workshop Rules and Regulations before submitting your workshop.

Business Seminars

AFCI Business Seminars provide focus on the craft/maker's needs as an owner, salesperson, and marketer. Topics may include accounting, blogging, branding, and/or manufacturing, digital marketing, eCommerce, legal, point-of-sale, shipping solutions, social media, technology, and more.

Suggested Topics for Creativation 2021

Creative Innovation Business Insights Social Savvy Trend Watch
  • Content Strategy
  • eCommerce strategy
  • Project management in the creative world
  • Expanding your brand
  • Giving back to your community through crafting
  • Getting creative in unpredictable times
  • Building partnerships


  • Improving customer experience and competitive advantage
  • Starter kit items for those new to business ownership
  • Brand development
  • Marketing and branding strategies
  • Legally protecting your brand
  • Small business life hacks
  • SEO techniques
  • Hosting giveaways
  • Leveraging social media to grow your audience
  • Maximizing your video ROI
  • Blogs and blogging
  • Connecting with your audience across multiple social media platforms
  • Breaking into YouTube




  • Legal updates
  • Website improvements
  • Design Trends
  • Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest trends
  • Self-publishing
  • Podcasts
  • Marketing trends