Please note this is a newsletter type Yahoo group - it's not for discussion. Any questions, email us direct at mwcprogram@...
You can find Word / Excel documents for the convention at
THey are all read-only. Password-protected for editing so that no one can upload viruses or other nasties.
But here is the pertinent information.
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Programming Schedule Instructions
Update 1.1: Jan 24, 2010
Programming for MediaWest*Con 2010 has started! Please note that all dates are subject to change.
1. Suggest Panels: January 1-February 28
2. Sign-up as a Panelist: March 1-20
3. Programming is Assembled: March 21-30
4. SECOND PHASE of Suggestion/Signup: April 1-10
5. Party Suite: March 1-April 1
NOTE: Please note that May 1st is the final deadline for any changes in programming.
1. SUGGESTING PANELS
We need your help so we can provide the best possible programming for MediaWest*Con 2010.
Please note that what appears on the final Programming Sign-Up Form will be based solely upon the input received from the attendees. Do not assume that your interest will automatically have a panel. If you want to see your fandom represented, please send us suggestions. You must be a member of MediaWest*Con 2010 to participate in programming but you do not have to wait to receive a progress report to start participating in this particular process. Please note that making suggestions for panel topics will not sign you up for a panel. That is an entirely different process.
for the 2009 Sample Programming Info Excel file, which lists all of last year's suggestions. This will give you an idea of the wide variety of programming we're seeking.
Topics are divided into these categories:
Literature (books, magazines, etc.)
Fandom (fan fiction, fandom) |
Internet (live journal, blogs, sites)
Games/Gaming (includes games of all kinds, board games, computer games such as World of Warcraft, etc.)
Creative Pursuits (hobbies, vidding, etc. but not fan fiction)
Workshops* (workshops can be on anything how to write, bead, vid, etc.)
* All workshops are 2 hours long, unless otherwise requested to be less. If you suggest a workshop, you are volunteering to run it. This is the ONLY exception to making suggestions for panels.
When making suggestions, please include a topic of discussion in addition to the title. Examples are:
A: Heroes: They did WHAT?!
A: Stargate Atlantis: Is there going to be a movie?
A: Supernatural: How will the series end?
A: Dexter: How can a serial killer be somebody you enjoy watching each week?
B: Enchanted: Are rude chipmunks the new vogue?
C: Jensen Ackles: Supernatural's ghost-fighting hunk.
B: Avatar: The Smurfs have grown up?
E: Writing hurt/comfort fan fiction: just how much medical accuracy do you need?
E: Flaming: how to survive fandom when it all goes to hell on your favorite list.
F: Blogging your fandom: Blogger or Live Journal? Pros and cons.
G: Music Videos: How to make them
G: VHS tapes: Once cherished, now a thorn in your side. How to farm them out to a good home.
H: Livejournal Backgrounds: Step by step instructions on how to make them (run by [insert your name], 2 hours)
Please limit each topic to one brief sentence (no more than 25 words, and please, no abbreviations), each started on a new line. Please remember to put the category letter (i.e., A, B, etc.) in front of the suggestion (like above). If the panel is slash, you must state by putting the "/" mark after it; Otherwise all panels are considered to be 'gen' and open to audiences of all ages. Please note that panels cannot be both gen and slash.
E-mail us directly at mwcprogram@...
with MWC Suggestions as the subject/topic.
All we require from you is:
Also, please CC yourself on what you send to us just in case of server or e-mail disasters. Thanks! Now, put on those thinking caps and start sending in suggestions! :)
2. SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE AS A PANELIST
NOT open yet.
3. THE PROGRAM IS ASSEMBLED
This is the third phase. This is when the programming gurus ;) put together the schedule. If time permits, we do a second phase of letting people volunteer and/or suggest panels, which accommodates new TV programming and panel suggestions.
4. SECOND PHASE
This is the second phase of making suggestions or signing up for panels. You can join any panel with four or less people on it. This is NOT open yet.
5. PARTY SUITE
The convention offers a Party Suite for use by all registered attendees. They are available in two-hour blocks on the Friday-Sunday of the convention. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mwcprogram/files/
to see the rules and request a form, which is available as a WORD document you can download. Check above for dates.
Have a question about PROGRAMMING that is not answered on this website? Email mwcprogram@...
. Make sure you save a copy for yourself. Either Elyse and/or Dawn will get back to you. Thanks for your patience.
UPDATE: Please note the hotel is under new management, so it's very possible new rules will apply this year.
These were last year's rules: We are also in charge of flyers that are distributed at the convention. Because anybody can see the flyers that are put down in the lobby (and elsewhere), remember to keep the content appropriate. Use ONLY low tack tape (masking tape) to post flyers in appropriate places. Please note that the hotel has undergone extensive renovations and posting of flyers will be limited - nothing on wallpaper, painted surfaces, etc. so plan your flyers (or door decorations) accordingly. Flyers placed with duct tape, packing tape, will be removed and tossed. Please limit yourself to ONE stack in the lobby atrium area (once the convention begins) as this gives space for other fans to put down their flyers, as well as lessens confusions for fans who wonder if they picked up that flyer. Areas will be marked for Fanzines, Conventions, Books, etc.
Please note that we do not actually 'get' the hotel until Friday, so please refrain from putting up flyers (in elevators, atrium, corridors, etc.) until the hotel staff deems it is appropriate. If the hotel staff puts up notices in regards to posting flyers, PLEASE obey them. This is to respect the other guests who are staying in the hotel. Please note that the con staff will post designated flyers on the pillars in the atrium, so do not post to them until we put up the notices. Thanks.
Also, if you find a flyer objectionable, inform the con staff. Removing the flyer yourself or discarding stacks is inappropriate and can result in a revoked membership.