Tip/Alli Filming at WisCon 43

Hello WisCon,

My name is Rox Samer. I am a Screen Studies professor, feminist science fiction fan, filmmaker, and non-binary femme (among other things—note, also passionate cat parent). I have been attending WisCon since 2011. I often debut vids (OneOfGloriasJudys) at the Vid party, and in 2016 I served on the Tiptree Award jury that awarded Anna-Marie McLemore the TIptree for her incredible magical realist trans romance novel When the Moon Was Ours. One of my greatest WisCon joys (and life joys, truly) was getting to present Anna-Marie the award and play my Moon vid for all of you. Because of these amazing experiences, I am delighted to be returning to WisCon this year with a film crew to begin filming for my forthcoming documentary Tip/Alli, about the life, work, and influence of James Tiptree, Jr./Alice B. Sheldon.

Like many of you Tiptree’s work has been profoundly influential on my thinking of gender and sexuality, including my imagination of what could be and the many challenges we as humans face in getting there. In bringing my small, queer film crew to WisCon and making it our first stop, my goal is to center the story of feminist, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming science fiction fans. I envision Tip/Alli as being both Sheldon’s story and our own. However, I cannot do this without your help. In order to tell fans’ stories I need to interview fans! I would love the opportunity to speak to you about when you first discovered Tiptree’s work and learned of Sheldon’s story; your favorite James Tiptree, Jr. or Raccoona Sheldon story; and how the author’s work and life have inspired your own. If you are interested in interviewing for the film or helping out in another way (among other things, we need b-roll of convention activities), please do reach out and get in touch: rsamer@clarku.edu.

I am also aware that not everyone, Tiptree fan or no, is comfortable or excited to be on camera. The Tip/Alli crew will be very careful to not film anyone without their knowledge or consent. If you have any questions or concerns, please do find a member of team (we should all have black and white Tip/Alli t-shirts on most of the time) and let us know.

I encourage you to read more about the project online. Please follow us on Twitter (@TipAlli), and please shoot me an email before the convention if you’re curious!

Warmly,

Rox

Sign Up for Workshops!

Greetings from your friendly WisCon Workshop team! Did you know that in addition to the dozens of fantastic panels that are offered at WisCon each year, there are oh so many chances for you to indulge your creativity? This year, we are offering a variety of critique sessions, workshops, and open salons. Some of these have an upcoming deadline (April 25th!) and require signups, but others are very much a drop-in. To learn more the various workshops and critique sessions, click here, or read below to find out about our offerings this year. If youre interested in signing up, email workshop@wiscon.net!

Critique Sessions

The deadline for critique sessions is April 25, 2018. Critique sessions take place on Friday morning, scheduled from 9am to noon. See here for instructions on what to send as part of your signup email! This years amazing critique session facilitators are:

For short stories:

  • Vylar Kaftan
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Eugene Fischer

For novellas:

  • Nino Cipri

 

For novels:

  • JoSelle Vanderhooft

Special Sessions

But wait, theres more! Our special sessions are pretty great this year. Some require signing up ahead of time; others will be open for drop-ins.

First, our salons!

These salons are open sessions and will be led by facilitators who can offer advice and hands-on assistance whether youre a beginner or just looking for a space to get some work done. These will be in the schedule once its out, so dont forget to look!

  • Knitting and Fiber Salon
  • Morning and Evening Writing Salons
  • WisCon Workshops Mixer meet and greet with your fellow creatives!

Reserved Workshops

These sessions require sign up prior to the workshop. Sign ups for these workshops are open until May 21 or until all slots are filled. Email workshop@wiscon.net to reserve your space!

  • Sensory WritingSaturday from 10am to noonuse your senses when writing with JoSelle Vanderhooft.
  • Writing the Other Saturday from 3 to 5pm learn how to write characters different from your own identity respectfully with Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford
  • How to Write Mental Health Issues Sunday from 1 to 3pm explore how to write character with mental health/mental illness as part of their identity with JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • How to Carve Erasers for Block PrintingSaturday from 1 to 3pm led by Candra Gill

Open Sessions

These workshops do NOT require signups so feel free to drop in! You can also email workshop@wiscon.net to reserve a guaranteed space and help us anticipate attendance.

  • Leadership and Community Building for Small Groups Saturday from 1 to 3pm address specific leadership issues that pop up in subcultures and volunteer-run groups with Shauna Aura Knight
  • Learn How To Fancy Braid Saturday from 1 to 3pm learn how to braid hair with John Wardale
  • Lessons for the Not-Quite-Pro Writer Saturday from 10am to noonexplore how to navigate social media, submissions, and writing workshops with Nibedita Sen
  • Nobody Goes It Alone: A Riff on Character Relationships and Romancing the BeatSaturday from 10am to noon explore character relationships with Dayna K Smith
  • Life Drawing Saturday from 3 to 5pm gather and draw from live models
  • Biology Bursts Binaries Saturday from 4 to 6pm use biology to break down binary sex/gender concepts in character creation with Elena Tabachnick, Kit Stubbs, and Elisa Derickson Krueger
  • 5 Core Components of Scene Structure Saturday from 7 to 9pm learn to use goal-oriented storytelling to cement the foundations of their scenes with R R Campbell
  • Facilitation Skills for Authors, Artists, and More Sunday from 4 to 6pm learn techniques for leading meetings and workshops with Shauna Aura Knight
  • Astrophotography Sunday from 1 to 2:30pm learn a cool new hobby with Rachel Konick
  • Spiraling Down; Spiraling Out; Connecting to the Imagination Sunday from 1 to 3pm participate in writing exercises to spark connection to creativity and deepen craft with Lisa Bergin
  • Emergency Room, ICU, and Burns: Medical Knowledge for Writers 10am to noon learn about injuries and what a character could survive with Erin Cashier
  • Genetics for Writers Sunday from 10am to noon attend a genetics primer with Keffy Kehrli
  • Conflict as Fuel for Momentum Sunday 10am to noon dive deep into the importance and use of conflict in stories with R R Campbell
  • How to Get Inspired, Find Time to Write, and Be Happy While Doing It Sunday from 3 to 5pm confront issues of scheduling, exhaustion, and other pains of the busy writer with Alisa Alering and Rebecca Adams Wright

We cant wait to see you at WisCon!

Discounted rooms on the 6th floor available for WisCon 43

Jess Adams
Affordability

 

WisCon is pleased to offer a limited number of discounted rooms on the sixth floor of the Concourse Hotel.  Because there are so few discounted rooms available — this year we have 5 — we’re offering them via a lottery.

The discount applies to specific rooms on the sixth floor of the Concourse.  This is the floor where many parties happen in the evening and also where the safer spaces and the Con Suite are.  This means that these rooms are subject to more noise generated by foot traffic, elevators, and so on. If you are someone who needs a very quiet room with not many people passing by at all hours, then the discounted rooms may not be a good fit for you.

How can you enter the lottery for a room?

We are accepting requests until  April 22 (closing at 11:59pm Central Time). After the request window closes, we will get in touch to let you know if your name was drawn in the lottery to be granted a discounted room.

There is one catch! To be eligible to receive the discount, your reservation must be for at least Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night of the convention. (You may, of course, be staying longer, but you must have reserved these three nights.)  

To request to be entered into the drawing for a discount, send an email to affordability@wiscon.net, with the subject line: ROOM RATE DISCOUNT.  To be eligible for entry, your request must include the following details:

  • The first & last name your hotel reservation will be under
  • Your arrival and departure dates
  • The number of people in your party
  • Any accessibility needs you have.
  • The best email address to contact you.

Entries which do not supply the needed information will not be entered into the lottery. Please limit submissions for the discount lottery to one entry per party.

See you at WisCon!

Dessert Salon Changes for WisCon 43

This year we are implementing some changes to how we handle entry to the Salon!

Beginning at 6pm Sunday, ticket holders can stop by the second floor Registration Desk to get a number which will correspond to a place in line for themselves or their group. At 7:30pm we will start to show folks into the Salon in number order.

The lowest numbers will be reserved for people who need the help of assistive devices or staff to get seated. There will be chairs available near the door as in past years for people who need to sit until their number is called.

If you miss your number, simply let the door person know, and they will include you in the next group. We will also be able to give approximate estimates of when a number is likely to be called when you pick your number up, allowing you time to relax, eat dinner, and socialize anywhere in the hotel.

WisCon 43 Panel Sign-Up and Interest Survey and AV Requests Deadline is TOMORROW!!!

Panel Survey closes closes tomorrow, March 24, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Central Time.  It’s your last chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 43.  The survey is a big part on how Panel Programming is decided every year!  If you want to more about how panel programming works, please view this post for a quick overview.

WisCon Panel Programming is divided into separate tracks which group related concepts together in order to facilitate interesting and complex discussions.  The current list of tracks are below:

  • Feminism and Other Social Change Movements
  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression
  • Spirituality, Organized Religion and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • The Craft and Business of Writing
  • Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing Science Fiction
  • Fandom as a Way of Life
  • Interactive Storytelling and Media

You will need to a WisCon account in order to view and fill out the survey.  If you don’t have an account, create one at the “Create Your Account” page.  For those with an account already created, go to “Log in to My Account” page.  You should see the link to the survey once logged into your account. Then you can choose your panel interests on the panel sign up and attendance interest form!

This is a very important stage of Panel Programming. The more people who participate in the survey and sign up for and/or rate the panels, the better chance you will have at seeing your panel submissions on the final schedule. We understand that completing the survey can be laborious, but doing so is completely for your benefit.

AV Requests for WisCon 43

As previously stated, the Panel Survey closes tomorrow, March 24, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Central Time.  However, some of you fine folk put in requests for AV equipment when you submitted your proposed panel ideas. If your proposed panel ideas for which you requested AV equipment made it onto the Survey, we ask that you confirm that you still require said equipment.

The Madison Concourse provides conference rooms with projector screens and projectors with HDMI ports for your laptop. We recommend that you bring your own HDMI cables or Macbook converters for your laptops, and any external sound amplifier equipment, as we cannot guarantee that the Concom will have equipment like that available on the spot.

To confirm, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “AV Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and what type of AV equipment you require in the body of the email by tomorrow, March 24, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Central Time.

In order to streamline this process, we ask that only those who submitted the panels which made the survey email us with these requests. To view the entire list of panels, please log in to your WisCon account, click “Sign Up For Programming”, then click the full list of proposed panels link.

We cannot guarantee that AV equipment will be available for you if you do not submit an AV Request to us by March 24, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Central Time.

Hand-Staffed Panel Requests for WisCon 43

You may have noticed that certain panels allow for only a “I would like to attend this panel” option. That is because those suggesters had requested that these particular panels be staffed with those folk who best fit with the marginalized identities about which the panels will discuss. If you have not already contacted us about hand-staffing your proposed panel, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “Hand-Staff Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and who you would like to be on your panel in the body of the email by tomorrow, March 24, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Central Time.

Questions/Concerns/Feedback can be sent to panels@wiscon.net.

Jackie Gross, Lead Panel Programming
JP Fairfield, Panel Programming
Jennifer Cross, Panel Programming
Charlie Hawkins, Panel Programming

WisCon Kids’ Programming Needs You!

This year, WisCon Kids’ Programming is trying a new approach. Kids’
Program activities have their own track in the Panel Signup. For more information on how to sign up for panels, check out this post on our blog.

We’re hoping to get different people to volunteer for each hour of Kids’ Programming, to enrich the activities we can offer our kids, and to share the work so that Kids’ Program volunteers get time to enjoy
WisCon themselves.

WisCon is full of people who have learned how to do a few cool things! Some of you would enjoy the opportunity to teach one of those things to an interested group of kids. Kids’ Programs can offer you an hour and fifteen minutes, a small group of kids (6-11 years old), an adult assistant, and whatever materials our small budget can cover. Sign up for Panel Programming, in the Kids’ Programs track, and send email to kidsprograms@wiscon.net with questions or a description of what you’d like to do.

If you don’t want to run an activity, you can be the second adult in
the room. In this role, you have to be flexible. You might be
assisting with materials for a craft activity, or building Legos or
jigsaw puzzles with the kids who don’t want to do the main activity,
or firmly redirecting the energies of a kid who doesn’t want to do the
main activity and is trying to have a swordfight in that space
instead. To volunteer for this role, sign up for a panel in Panel
Programming, in the Kids’ Programs track, but don’t click the button
that says you volunteer to moderate this panel.

If you want to do more to help create a welcoming space for kids at
WisCon, consider joining the Kids’ Programming Team on ConCom. Share the work and the decision-making that make WisCon happen!

Volunteering at WisCon entitles you to the Volunteer Gift.
Volunteering for six hours entitles you to a rebate of part of your
membership fee.

If you have any questions, email kidsprograms@wiscon.net.

One Week Left for WisCon 43 Panel Sign-Up and Interest Survey and AV Requests!!! Deadline to Submit Survey and AV Requests – March 24th

You have one week left! Panel Surveys are open until March 24th  Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 43.  The survey is a big part on how Panel Programming is decided every year!  If you want to more about how panel programming works, please view this post for a quick overview.

WisCon Panel Programming is divided into separate tracks which group related concepts together in order to facilitate interesting and complex discussions.  The current list of tracks are below:

  • Feminism and Other Social Change Movements
  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression
  • Spirituality, Organized Religion and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • The Craft and Business of Writing
  • Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing Science Fiction
  • Fandom as a Way of Life
  • Interactive Storytelling and Media

You will need to create a WisCon account in order to view and fill out the survey.  If you don’t have an account, create one at the “Create Your Account” page.  For those with an account already created, go to “Log in to My Account” page.  You should see the link to the survey once logged into your account. Then you can choose your panel interests on the panel sign up and attendance interest form!

This is a very important stage of Panel Programming. The more people who participate in the survey and sign up for and/or rate the panels, the better chance you will have at seeing your panel submissions on the final schedule. We understand that completing the survey can be laborious, but doing so is completely for your benefit.

AV Requests for WisCon 43

As previously stated, the Panel Survey is currently live and will close on March 24th. However, some of you fine folk put in requests for AV equipment when you submitted your proposed panel ideas. If your proposed panel ideas for which you requested AV equipment made it onto the Survey, we ask that you confirm that you still require said equipment.

The Madison Concourse provides conference rooms with projector screens and projectors with HDMI ports for your laptop. We recommend that you bring your own HDMI cables or Macbook converters for your laptops, and any external sound amplifier equipment, as we cannot guarantee that the Concom will have equipment like that available.

To confirm, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “AV Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and what type of AV equipment you require in the body of the email by March 24th.

In order to streamline this process, we ask that only those who submitted the panels which made the survey email us with these requests. To view the entire list of panels, please log in to your WisCon account, click “Sign Up For Programming”, then click the full list of proposed panels link.

We cannot guarantee that AV equipment will be available for you if you do not submit an AV Request to us by March 24th.

Hand-Staffed Panel Requests for WisCon 43

You may have noticed that certain panels allow for only a “I would like to attend this panel” option. That is because those suggesters had requested that these particular panels be staffed with those folk who best fit with the marginalized identities about which the panels will discuss. If you have not already contacted us about hand-staffing your proposed panel, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “Hand-Staff Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and who you would like to be on your panel in the body of the email by March 24th.

Questions/Concerns/Feedback can be sent to panels@wiscon.net.

Jackie Gross, Lead Panel Programming
JP Fairfield, Panel Programming
Jennifer Cross, Panel Programming
Charlie Hawkins, Panel Programming

Want to come to WisCon for FREE?*

* Some conditions** apply.

** Okay, the condition*** is that you are a Red Cross certified lifeguard, or willing to become one before May 15.

*** Sorry, the other condition is that you’re 18 years old or older before the beginning of WisCon.

You probably already know that WisCon’s venue, the Madison Concourse Hotel, has a terrific pool. What they don’t have is a lifeguard, and a lifeguard is something we need to have when our Kids’ Program participants visit the pool before lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday. You won’t be in charge of the kids, though — just their safety. A volunteer will be with them to bring them to the pool, supervise while they are there, and take them back to the sixth floor afterwards. You’ll be poolside wearing a swimsuit or whatever clothes you’d be comfortable jumping into the water wearing, on the very slim chance that becomes necessary.

This is not a volunteer role, but you aren’t disqualified if you’re also a WisCon volunteer! If you are our lifeguard, your registration is free, and we will also pay you for the time you spend on duty, approximately three hours total. If you’re willing, we may also discuss holding family or all-ages lifeguard-monitored swimming sessions, which could add up to another three hours of paid work.

If you already are lifeguard certified, hit us up! If you know someone who has a certification, lives in the area, and might want to try WisCon out, send them this post! If you don’t have a certification but might want to get one, you can learn more here: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding Unfortunately, we cannot pay for the certification or reimburse you for that cost, so we only suggest that you do so if you might find it useful in other parts of your life.

If this sounds like you or you want more details, please email personnel@sf3.org and let us know.

Two Weeks Left! WisCon 43 Panel Sign-Up and Interest Survey Is Open!!! Deadline to Submit Survey – March 24th

You have two weeks left! Panel Surveys are open until March 24th  Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 43.  The survey is a big part on how Panel Programming is decided every year!  If you want to more about how panel programming works, please view this post for a quick overview.

WisCon Panel Programming is divided into separate tracks which group related concepts together in order to facilitate interesting and complex discussions.  The current list of tracks are below:

  • Feminism and Other Social Change Movements
  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression
  • Spirituality, Organized Religion and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • The Craft and Business of Writing
  • Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing Science Fiction
  • Fandom as a Way of Life
  • Interactive Storytelling and Media

You will need to a WisCon account in order to view and fill out the survey.  If you don’t have an account, create one at the “Create Your Account” page.  For those with an account already created, go to “Log in to My Account” page.  You should see the link to the survey once logged into your account. Then you can choose your panel interests on the panel sign up and attendance interest form!

This is a very important stage of Panel Programming. The more people who participate in the survey and sign up for and/or rate the panels, the better chance you will have at seeing your panel submissions on the final schedule. We understand that completing the survey can be laborious, but doing so is completely for your benefit.

Questions/Concerns/Feedback can be sent to panels@wiscon.net.

Jackie Gross, Lead Panel Programming
JP Fairfield, Panel Programming
Jennifer Cross, Panel Programming
Charlie Hawkins, Panel Programming

Art Call for Souvenir Program Book

The Souvenir Program Book is currently looking for artwork for its cover. (Just like last year, the Souvenir and Program Books will be combined!)

Dimensions–8×10, 300 dpi
Works in all media that can be easily scanned/laid out in an 8×10 cover are welcome!
Please send a proposal and 3-5 work samples.
We pay $100!
Deadline for consideration is March 30.
Please send proposals for consideration to souvenirbook@wiscon.net.

AV & Hand-Staffed Panel Requests – Do You Need A Special Request For Your Proposed Panel?

AV Requests for WisCon 43

As you probably know, the Panel Survey is currently live and will close on March 24th. However, some of you fine folk put in requests for AV equipment when you submitted your proposed panel ideas. If your proposed panel ideas for which you requested AV equipment made it onto the Survey, we ask that you confirm that you still require said equipment.

The Madison Concourse provides conference rooms with projector screens and projectors with HDMI ports for your laptop. We recommend that you bring your own HDMI cables or Macbook converters for your laptops, and any external sound amplifier equipment, as we cannot guarantee that the Concom will have equipment like that available.

To confirm, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “AV Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and what type of AV equipment you require in the body of the email by March 24th.

In order to streamline this process, we ask that only those who submitted the panels which made the survey email us with these requests. To view the entire list of panels, please log in to your WisCon account, click “Sign Up For Programming”, then click the full list of proposed panels link.

Hand-Staffed Panel Requests for WisCon 43

You may have noticed that certain panels allow for only a “I would like to attend this panel” option. That is because those suggesters had requested that these particular panels be staffed with those folk who best fit with the marginalized identities about which the panels will discuss. If you have not already contacted us about hand-staffing your proposed panel, please email us at panels@wiscon.net with “Hand-Staff Request – Your Submitted Panel Title” in the subject line, and who you would like to be on your panel in the body of the email by March 24th.

Questions/Concerns/Feedback can be sent to panels@wiscon.net.

Later Days,

Jackie Gross, Lead Panel Programming
JP Fairfield, Panel Programming
Jennifer Cross, Panel Programming
C.J. Hawkins, Panel Programming