Panel Programming

  • contact:  program@wiscon.net
  • WisCon 41 deadline to accept/decline your panels: April 22, 2017

WisCon is famous for panel programming that’s full of great conversation, that covers a spectrum including the hilarious and the intensely political — and that’s far more than you’ll be able to fit in during one weekend (sorry!).  Our panels celebrate our Guests of Honor, delve into discussions of gender, race, disability, and class, and explore every aspect of science fiction from current books and film to transformative works to fandom itself.

Who’s on our panels?  Members of the convention themselves, including professional authors, detail-loving academics, and attentive fans.

Programming Timeline

WisCon programming is developed in stages, all heavily influenced by our participants and attendees.

Idea Collection: We collect ideas throughout the year and generally close idea submission in mid- to late-January. We receive several hundred ideas and we’re forced to cut or postpone some because we simply don’t have the capacity to run them all.

Participant Signup: In February we open up programming for participants to let us know their interest in a programming idea and to volunteer to serve as panelists or moderators.

Scheduling and Program Assignments: Using the participant sign-up information, we determine which items will be scheduled, who will be assigned to them and when, and in what room they will happen. Participants receive an email confirming the details of their assignments A first cut at the schedule generally goes out to program participants in early April.

Program Assignments: By late April we’re able to publicly reveal the full program schedule.  Minor adjustments will continue to be made even into the convention itself (e.g., a panelist may need to leave a panel), but the schedule we reveal in late April is 99% final!

How Long Do These Programs Last?

The standard program time slot is one hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes), followed by a 15-minute break until the next program. No one is going to actually kick anyone out of a program room during the 15-minute break, but remember that break is your chance to use the restroom or run up to the Con Suite! Continuing our tradition of supporting our convention attendees’ need to eat meals without missing programming, lunch and dinner breaks are scheduled at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Hardly anything gets scheduled during these periods. But the Con Suite will remain open for your refreshment. Relax, get a bite to eat and hang out!