We have returned to an in-person con for WisCon 45 in 2022, with some virtual/online elements. In-person registration will remain open through the start of the convention or until we meet our cap of 600 in-person members. Please note that you will only receive a pre-printed badge if you register before Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 11:59pm US Central Daylight time. There is no deadline or cap for online memberships.
For affordability reasons, we try to keep the cost of WisCon memberships low (currently $65 for an adult in-person membership). However, we have recently posted about the financial challenges facing WisCon, which have been sharpened by the pandemic. If you can afford to pay more for a WisCon membership, we would deeply appreciate it if you made a donation to the WisCon/SF3 general fund alongside your registration. Because SF3, WisCon’s parent organization, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers.
If the cost of membership—or any other aspect of attending the convention—presents a financial barrier to you, please reach out to the WisCon Member Assistance Fund!
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How to Register for WisCon
For WisCon 2022 we have a new online registration system. We recommend that you register online even if you plan to pay at the convention.
You can pay online by credit card, or if you plan to attend in person, you can pay at the convention by credit card, cash, or check.
If you register online but choose to pay at the convention, your membership will be reserved, but listed as unpaid. If we approach the in-person membership cap for WisCon, we may contact you to confirm that you still plan to attend; if we don’t hear back from you at that point, your membership may be cancelled.
If you can’t use the online registration system for some reason, but wish to pre-register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policies & Pricing
Proof of Vaccination
All members who attend WisCon in person in 2022 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including all children who attend with their parents. Currently, this means that children under 5 cannot attend; we will update this if younger children become eligible for vaccines.
When you register, you must attest that you are currently vaccinated, and you will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the door of the convention. More information on the WisCon 2022 COVID-19 policies can be found here.
Some WisCon 2022 programming and events will be available online, including at least the Opening Ceremonies, GOH Speeches, a virtual track of programming, some readings, and some panels on the academic track. These virtual offerings may expand as we move closer to the convention. However, we do not expect to be able to broadcast all in-person programming to virtual attendees, due to limitations on AV equipment and volunteer time.
An Adult in-person membership costs $65; this gives you access to the full weekend of in-person events (with the exception of the Dessert Salon, which requires an additional ticket), as well as to all online programming and the WisCon 2022 Discord Server.
We originally priced Online memberships at $40; we have now lowered the price to $25. This membership (at either price point) gives you access to all online programming as well as to the WisCon 2022 Discord Server. If you paid $40 and would like a rebate, please fill out the Google Form here.
You can upgrade from an online-only membership to an in-person membership any time before the pre-con registration deadline. You can also upgrade your membership at the door (assuming we do not reach our in-person membership cap), though in this case you will not receive a pre-printed badge.
Supporting memberships do not give access to either in-person or online convention events. Supporting members will be mailed any print materials from the convention (e.g. program book and/or souvenir book) after the convention is over.
Pricing: Full weekend memberships
- Adult (In-person) (18+): $65
- Online Membership (18+): $25
- Teen (ages 13-17, in-person or online): $20
- Youth (ages 7-12): $20
- Supporting Membership: $20
- Former WisCon Guests of Honor: Free
- Child Care (age 0-6, but children under 5 cannot attend unless vaccine eligibility changes) $1 per child; requires pre-registration. Please provide the age of each child to be enrolled in childcare. For details, read the childcare information page.
- Single Day Membership: See below
Both free memberships and financial support for attending WisCon are available through the WisCon Member Assistance Fund (WMAF)
Dessert Salon tickets
The Dessert Salon takes place Sunday night, before the Guest of Honor speeches. One ticket gets you two items from the dessert buffet, and physical access to the room where the Dessert Salon and the Guest of Honor speeches are held. For those who do not attend the Dessert Salon in person, the Guest of Honor speeches will be broadcast to a secondary viewing room at the Concourse, as well as shared with online members of the convention.
We are working with the Concourse Hotel to plan a safe Dessert Salon in the context of the pandemic; the details may change from previous years, but the Dessert Salon will still take place in some form.
Proceeds from the Dessert Salon help to financially support the convention as a whole, allowing us to keep things like Child Care and the con suite available to all members. For this reason, Dessert Salon tickets are available on a sliding price scale beginning at $20, with a suggested default price of $35.
Questions and Answers
What if I’ve already registered but can’t attend?
If you are unable to attend, refunds are available until May 15 in the year of the convention. You may opt at any time to defer your membership or Dessert Salon ticket to a future year, or to donate your membership or Dessert Salon ticket to the WisCon Member Assistance Fund.
Why did you change registration systems?
Longtime WisCon attendees will have noticed that we’ve changed registration systems twice in the last three years! Our previous system (at account.wiscon.net) was developed and maintained by members of our AppDev team. Many members of that team have since stepped back from the concom, and at the same time we’ve had growing problems with our interface with PayPal. We therefore made the decision to transition to a third-party registration and payment platform, and selected GrowTix from among the options we reviewed.
However, in the course of WisCONline in 2020 we became aware of a number of accessibility issues with the GrowTix interface. We are fortunate that the longtime developer of the WisSched app, BC Holmes, was able to develop a new registration interface for WisCon in the Fall of 2021, building on the registration interface used by Balticon.
What Is the In-Person Attendance Cap?
Registration has historically been capped at 1,000 members; the in-person cap will almost certainly be lower in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have not yet confirmed an exact number with the Concourse Hotel. We cannot guarantee availability of at-the-door memberships. However, we do not currently plan to cap the number of online memberships available.
Are There Single Day Memberships?
If the convention does not meet our in-person cap, single-day memberships will be available at the door. The cost of these memberships is:
- Friday: free
- Saturday: $35 (Adult), $10 (Teen and Youth)
- Sunday: $30 (Adult), $10 (Teen and Youth)
- Monday: free
Though Friday and Monday memberships are free, they are still subject to our membership cap. Also, everyone is required to wear their badge when in convention spaces. For these reasons, we do ask that you check in at the registration desk to confirm that one-day memberships are still available, and to receive a badge.
If you have any questions about registration for WisCon, feel free to email us at email@example.com.