Running a con

Moderating a panel at a con

Not directly pagan related but definitely fits into my ‘running a con series’. Here is a set of resource links for you when you a mod on how to run a panel. SMOF Babe Wiscon Arisia Tips for Our Moderators Having skimmed John Ringo's 38 pages of "why I am good and the feminist moderator who interrupted me is bad" (here: ) I want to talk about moderating panels. — Naomi Kritzer (@NaomiKritzer) April 17, 2018 Heather Weidner

Comment on the 2017 PantheaCon schedule

This is a reminder that if you want to see something on the schedule it helps if you offer it, or nudge a friend to do so. It’s an extremely rare case when the programming committee goes out and solicits something. We prefer to be a bit more, hmm, natural about it and go with the flow of what the community feels the urge to talk and teach about. This post brought to you by this year’s folks wishing there was more of X on the schedule. This is also a reminder that if you wonder about if something wasn’t […]

How to program a con

Or rather, how to schedule and fill a program grid:  (This is what the grid looked like when I started.) In the case of PantheaCon I walked into a passionate base of presenters, an established set of hotel room usages and a dedicated set of attendees. Here we go: Assume the following things: 1. A fixed schedule 2. Way more presentations than you have slots for 3. A diversity of the types of presentations (workshops, panels, discussion groups, etc) 4. A balance across tracks is required. 5. A conference chair with presenters that they’ll invite that you must account for. […]

Aftermath of rejection

An update on yesterday – all three people who posted about their disappointment on not being selected have reached out to me privately. It’s all mended. I’m grateful to everyone that’s commented on all aspects of the process. Caring about what’s on the schedule means you are passionate about the conference (even if it is to bust on it!) and that means that myself and the rest of the staff are doing their job right. As someone said yesterday being an artist (or presenter or both) is a calling filled with rejection. It’s going to happen. It’s going to sting […]

Rejection and not talking

The acceptances and rejections went out last night. Okay. So that’s three posts that are angry at me so far on Facebook. Who else? How about asking directly instead of this? Do we not do that anymore? Edit: I forgot for a moment this is social media. I know better. Tell you what – the schedule will speak for itself when it comes out in a few weeks. If you can wait that long please judge it on its merits by whatever metric suits you. If you would rather judge it by its absences, then of course, you can do […]

Now what?

I never know quite what to say on the day that the rejection emails go out. I’m seeing a lot of anger, frustration and even gotten called idiot by people. Here is what I will try to express: I get it. I truly do. We got 600+ presentations again this year and have 203 accepted items. That means a whole lot of things don’t make it. Every year old favorites don’t make it for a year and then they come back (or the presenters choose not to bring it back). Being on the schedule for 10+ years is no guarantee […]

Draft 1

s’okay. Complete draft #1 of the program is done. 209 items that (I’m pretty sure) don’t conflict on trad, subject matter, presenters, or topics. All in the size room we think fits the draw. All aligning with the times people said they could do the thing. Now to rest and double check it tomorrow. ::flops over::

Got it on repeat?

Note: This is generalities, and like the English language, programming has more than its fair share of exceptions. In general, repeats of material for the PantheaCon schedule, especially in the 101 category are often accepted. If they get good feedback and great attendance we will accept repeats. Some items, like the longstanding Pomba ritual repeated for years but there were shifts in the ritual itself. In general an item can be accepted for a repeat for 3 years in a row then we ‘give it a break’ or ‘put it on vacation’ for a year or two then accept it […]