FanWorks 2019 Schedule

We are still adding details and refining the schedule for this year. We will add additional events and descriptions as they become available.

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Friday
Metro 7-8 Metro 5-6 Metro 3-4 Metro 2 Metro 1 Salon 1
9 a.m. Set Up
10 a.m. Welcome
Welcome
The Welcome is a two-hour kick-off event to introduce con staff, go over con weekend guidelines, and highlight programming tracks and con events! Join us for a welcome to the con at 10:00AM, and then get a taste of each programming track by checking out our quick track welcomes in each panel room.
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11 a.m. Come Out And Level Up
Come Out And Level Up
Narratives of Resistance as sung by Vienna Teng.
Fanfiction as a Genre
Fanfiction as a Genre
Discussion of how community evolution of writing styles and tropes have lead to place where fanfiction exists as a character driven genre in and of itself, beyond its primary definition in relation to assorted canons.
Facing Your Fears
Facing Your Fears
How do fans gain confidence to share their work with the (sometimes harsh) internet? Whether it's because you're posting something that might be taboo, you're worried your characters are OOC, or anything else, sharing personal creations can be scary. A discussion about how to overcome various anxieties about posting fanworks.
Podfic 101
Podfic 101
Beyond the technical aspects, how do you get started with podficcing? We'll go over the creative work that goes into recording podfic and ways to get involved with the community.
noon Catered Lunch
Catered Lunch
After the welcome, stay in the con space for a catered lunch before full programming kicks off at 1:00PM.
1 p.m. Introductions
Introductions
For the first vidshow of FanWorks, vidders will take a moment to introduce themselves! A showcase of self-submitted past work by con attendees. Vids for this show can have been posted at any time, in any year, on any subject; submissions are purely vidder's choice.
Vidding 101
Vidding 101
So, you're interested in trying to smash together some moving pictures and musical notes? Let's talk about where you could start.
Gifs: A Story in Several Parts
Gifs: A Story in Several Parts
A look at how we use gifs: to share pieces of our favorite media, to comment on and critique that media, to create moving art, to tell our own stories, to communicate with each other, and so much more. The panel will focus on why we create gifs and how we use them (and not on software or technique).
Fanfic Without Source Texts: The Rise of Original Fanfic
Fanfic Without Source Texts: The Rise of Original Fanfic
The most controversial fandom category on the AO3, Original Fanfic is a growing genre that's especially popular in many multifandom fic exchanges. What is Original Fanfic? Why are so many writers and readers falling in love with it? What makes something Original Fanfic, and what are some particularly good examples of the genre?
ACTING! in Podfic
ACTING! in Podfic
From pacing to character voices, the choices we make in recording podfic can have a big impact on listeners. Let's talk resources and acting tips you can incorporate into your readings!
2 p.m. Long Form Vidding
Long Form Vidding
Videos that go longer than 6-10 minutes - Why and how? Also again WHY? How to develop an idea - how to organize that much source - and how to feel okay about it when you’ve had “edit that song down” drilled into your brain your entire vidding life
Cosplay 101
Cosplay 101
Have you ever wanted to get into cosplay, but weren’t sure how or where to start? This panel is for you! We’ll discuss strategies for choosing/designing a character & outfit, and putting together a costume (for both DIY & “I am 0% crafty” options!)
Creative Balance
Creative Balance
Many fans make more than one kind of fanwork. Each kind of fanwork can have its own approach and can come with very different time commitments and methods of fueling creative drive, separate fannish communities, and unique complications and successes. In this panel, we’ll talk about how best to get into something new without giving up the creative outlets we already love, the challenges of balancing our time between multiple kinds of fannish creative drives, and how different our personal measures of success can be for different kinds of fanworks.
3 p.m. Afternoon Break
4 p.m. Vid Premieres
Vid Premieres
A showcase for premiering fanvids by con attendees.
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5 p.m.
6 p.m. Dinner Break
7 p.m.
8 p.m. Gallery Night Market
Night Market
Buy or sell fan wares in our art and crafts market. If you’re a maker of art, prints, stickers, knit crafts, shirts, buttons, jewelry, housewares, or other non-perishable goods, or if you run a fan organization you want to promote, this is a venue for you!
Social Space, Bar and Gaming Closed
Wizard Rock Concert: Tonks and the Aurors
Wizard Rock Concert: Tonks and the Aurors
Get down on Friday night with our featured wizard rock musical guest, Tonks and the Aurors!
9 p.m.
10 p.m.
11 p.m. Late Night Vidshow
Saturday
Metro 7-8 Metro 5-6 Metro 3-4 Metro 2 Metro 1 Salon 1
9 a.m. Set-up
10 a.m. Saturday Morning Cartoons
Saturday Morning Cartoons
A vidshow for animated sources of all kinds, running on Saturday morning from 10am - noon.
Premieres Discussion
Premieres Discussion
A two hour discussion session looking at vids from Friday's Vid Premieres show.
The Alpha and the Omegaverse - A/B/O From Fanfic to Profic
The Alpha and the Omegaverse - A/B/O From Fanfic to Profic
Love it or hate it, the A/B/O fic has become nearly inescapable. A/B/O stories can be found in almost every fandom, and the Omegaverse is a thriving genre of published romance. From straight-up porn to explorations of heteronormativity and social justice issues, A/B/O stories come in infinite forms. What makes them so popular? What are some of the differences between A/B/O fanfic and Omegaverse romances? And what about that lawsuit?!?!
Fan Music: Making It Happen
Fan Music: Making It Happen
So you want to make fan music! Now what? Steph of Tonks & The Aurors is here to discuss what comes next, from promoting your work to booking a show.
11 a.m. Prop-making
Prop-making
How fans create and manage props, whether it’s for cosplay or just to have an artifact from their favorite fandom. We will discuss the considerations you have to take when you’ve got a thing you’ll be carrying around all day, and techniques for getting those minor details just right.
It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World
It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World
Got an idea for an exchange or fest that you really want to make happen? Hear from experienced fandom mods on the best way to go about it, and pitfalls to avoid.
noon Lunch Break
1 p.m. Fan Made Credit Sequences
Fan Made Credit Sequences
A showcase of fan made credits and intro sequences.
The Language of Vidding
The Language of Vidding
Have you ever watched a fanvid and thought, "I...think that was cool, but I'm not sure I understood it?" Understanding the narrative of vids can sometimes be a little bit like learning a new language. Let's break down a few vids and talk about the skill of parsing fanvids.
Fandom in Fibercraft
Fandom in Fibercraft
A discussion and show-and-tell of various ways to interpret fandom in knitting, crocheting, and other fiber arts.
Spoken Audio Recording Tech How-To
Spoken Audio Recording Tech How-To
Have you ever wanted to start a podcast or make a podfic, but weren't sure where to start with the technical aspects? We're here to help! We'll explain hardware options on a variety of budgets, software programs for all platforms, and any other questions you would like answered pertaining to audio tech.
2 p.m. Women’s Work
Women’s Work
cooking, cleaning, loving, fucking, birthing, nursing, changing diapers, changing regimes, fighting with fists, fighting with steel, flying spacecraft, saving lives, losing lives, winning wars, losing pieces of yourself, losing all hope, knitting
Identity and Vidding
Identity and Vidding
How does our identity (sexual, gender, romantic, or other) affect the choices we make when it comes to vidding? A discussion about how anything between clip choices and relationship focus in our own catalogue of vids is informed by who we are.
Problematic Faves
Problematic Faves
Let’s discuss the joys and potential pitfalls of writing dark tropes and problematic pairings!
Should Everything Be Preserved?
Should Everything Be Preserved?
Many things in fandom are worth preserving! But what about things that were never intended to last, from LJ entries so old we've forgotten they exist to our old fic we would really rather weren't on the internet anymore? How much control do we or should we have over our fannish footprint? How do we as fans and fanwork creators in the public sphere feel about fan studies preservation, documentation efforts like Fanlore, or private circulation of fic/art/vids no longer available online?
3 p.m. Afternoon Snack
Afternoon Snack
A light catered snack in the con space before the cosplay contest.
4 p.m. Cosplay Showcase
Cosplay Showcase
Show off your costuming skills at our cosplay contest with workmanship judging and a runway show!
The Year in Vids
The Year in Vids
A vidshow featuring works from the previous year (any vid released after September 2018).
Closed Slack, Discord, and the Resurgence of Chatrooms
Slack, Discord, and the Resurgence of Chatrooms
Fandom activity across several chatroom platforms has increased significantly. Is this the next big platform migration or part of a larger trend? What impact do invitation-based chatroom platforms have on community access and fandom as a whole? How do these spaces function, and what are the pros and cons to chat-based fandom communities?
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5 p.m. The Evolution of Meta and the Fannish Conversation
The Evolution of Meta and the Fannish Conversation
With shifts in fannish platforms come changes in the ways fans write meta and have discussions about source material. Tumblr reblogs can fragment conversations and make them difficult to track; Twitter has forced us to make brevity an art form. Few platforms make it easy to have fluid discussions about spoilers without spoiling our friends. How do we overcome platform challenges to keep fannish conversation going in 2019? How have social media and the pop culture spotlight on fandom changed the ways we write meta, and who we write it for?
6 p.m. Dinner Break
7 p.m.
8 p.m. Sparkle Motion (Dance Party)
Sparkle Motion (Dance Party)
A three hour vid and costume party with a bar and appetizers. Dance and watch vids on the dancefloor or chill and eat light appetizers in the ballroom.
Sparkle Motion Brightly Lit Seating Sparkle Motion Atmospheric Seating Sparkle Motion sober space
9 p.m.
10 p.m.
11 p.m.
Sunday
Metro 7-8 Metro 5-6 Metro 3-4 Metro 2 Metro 1 Salon 1
9 a.m. Set Up
10 a.m. Quiet Morning
Quiet Morning
A vidshow for anyone looking for a soft, easy start to Sunday morning.
Fic Book Club
Fic Book Club
A one-hour book club on Sunday morning, featuring a selection of fanfic in different genres. Chosen genres and fic selections will be announced prior to the con, with enough lead time for everyone who wants to participate to choose a genre and read the fic selection for it before the con. On Sunday morning, join your genre group for a fanfic discussion session!
11 a.m. Variations
Variations
Premiering vids made to interpret a theme. A different theme will be chosen each year, and digital fanworks of all kinds can be submitted on the theme to this vidshow or the con zine. This year's theme is Ignite!
We Reject Your Canon!
We Reject Your Canon!
An awesome fandom is awesome, until suddenly that One Terrible Thing happens and everything is ruined. How does fandom move forward when the source creators do the opposite of what we want?
A Look at Historical Fan Works
A Look at Historical Fan Works
Did you know that Cervantes wrote the second part of Don Quixote (in part) because a literary enemy had already published a fan-written continuation? Or that Edward Bulwer-Lytton (yes, he of "it was a dark and stormy night") had a novel that was so popular that one sculptor sold 167 copies of a character's statue from it? Quite aside from pre-modern works that were almost entirely communally owned (such as The Matter of Britain, aka the Arthurian Legend), fans have been reacting to works that have inspired them. (Ref: The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825 by David A. Brewer). Let's discuss pre-20th century fan works.
Your Filesize Is Too Damn Big
Your Filesize Is Too Damn Big
In a world where many people are listening to podfic on mobile devices with limited storage, or even streaming on data plans, file size is perhaps more important than ever. In this tech workshop, we'll talk audio compression specs, technical capabilities of popular microphones, and more ways to make your podfic more accessible to listeners by keeping file sizes down.
noon Lunch Break
1 p.m. Best Selves
Best Selves
Whether it's realizing their highest calling, living the dream, discovering their personal or collective truth, or learning what they are really made of in the face of adversity, the characters in these vids are living their best selves.
Song Editing
Song Editing
An instructional panel on editing songs for fanvids. What are the different programs that can be used, and how do you cut a song down without making it sound choppy?
Cosplay 201
Cosplay 201
So you've put together a few costumes, maybe busted out the sewing machine, but you want to step your cosplay game up to the next level. Let's talk about modifying patterns, crafting accessories, and more intermediate-to-advanced level skills to really bring your costuming vision to life.
I Made You A Mixtape
I Made You A Mixtape
Sometimes a song reminds you of a character, pairing, or fandom you love! Sometimes a whole lot of songs do. This panel will look at fanmixes: how we thoughtfully construct music playlists to evoke character arcs and relationships and tell stories.
2 p.m. Foe Yay!
Foe Yay!
Enemies to friends to... well, they're something, aren't they?
Changes in Vidding Technology
Changes in Vidding Technology
People are now vidding on their phones, editing programs are constantly churning out new interfaces, and MPEG Streamclip hasn't updated since 2012. Halp! A panel on how to keep up with technology, what the future looks like, and how these changes affect our vidding processes and our vids themselves.
The Art of the AU
The Art of the AU
Let's talk about the why and the how of AUs! What do we love about AUs as writers and as readers? What makes a good AU? Are some fandoms easier to write AUs in than others? What are some of the unique challenges of writing AUs? Come share your love of all things Alternate Universe and maybe some writerly tips and tricks!
Fandom Podcasts
Fandom Podcasts
You don't have to be at a con to enjoy fan discussion year round. Let's talk about all the various the podcasts out there that are about fandom itself!
3 p.m. Afternoon Snack
Afternoon Snack
A light catered snack in the con space before the fic reading event.
4 p.m. Fic Reading
Fic Reading
Listen to and participate in live performances of fanworks read by podficcers.
I love you and you and you
I love you and you and you
A vidshow celebrating poly relationships.
Decorating with Fandom
Decorating with Fandom
What kinds of collectibles, home goods, and crafts / DIY projects do we use to bring fandom into our homes? Do we have specific rooms for fannish decor, or is it all over the place? What happens when we have to negotiate fannish decor with non-fannish family/roommates, or when our family/roommates have different fandoms than we do? Does our decor change according to our current fandoms?
Closed Closed
5 p.m. More of Introductions Fandom Food
Fandom Food
Recipe exchange and resource sharing - discuss fan-created flavors that range from tea blends and cocktails inspired by favorite characters, to cake and cookie decorating, to fandom-specific cookbooks.
6 p.m. Dinner Break
7 p.m.
8 p.m. Closing
Closing
Gather for a few closing notes on the con from staff; stay for informal vid singalongs and replays, or to play games and socialize in the con space until midnight!
Closed Social Space Closed
9 p.m. Vid Singalong
10 p.m. Instant Replay
11 p.m.