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We strive to make Writercon the best convention it can be, and a huge part of that is knowing what did and didn't work for our attendees. We've created a survey to help us understand your thoughts on Writercon.
You may take this survey anonymously or under your own name. We strongly encourage ANYONE who is at all interested in Writercon to take this survey, regardless of whether you attended in 2009. If you didn't attend, we want to know why, and if you're thinking about attending in the future, we want to know what you're looking for.
Please spread the word to anyone you know who is at all interested in Writercon.
If you're just getting in, head to New Sweden (second floor meeting room) for registration and the welcome party (5-9pm).
Hospitality (room 408) opens at 8pm and will stay open late for all your partying needs.
Our fantastic local coordinator, Soundingsea, has written up a guide to places in Minneapolis that may be of interest to Writercon attendees.
Click here to see our local guide. We've got food, shopping, and "Dens of Vice" -- bars, coffee shops, and more.
We'll have a copy of the local guide available in the Hospitality Suite for your reference, but you may also want to print out a copy to bring for yourself. Luckily our website auto-generates a print and pdf version--just click the links for each at the bottom of the local guide page.
We've also updated our hotel and transportation page with more information--click here for the details.
The Writercon 2009 schedule is live on our website. Have you had a chance to peruse it yet? Take a look at the schedule and learn more about our programming. Did you know that you can click on a panelist or moderator's name and read her bio, plus see all of her events? (Note to panelists/mods: you can update your bios and usernames by logging in to your Writercon.com accounts.)
Our programming consists of panels, presentations, and workshops. Only three workshops were filled during online signups--Weird Americana, Inner Lives I and II, and Writers' Salon. All other workshops will have slots available for signup at the convention, so please don't worry too much about not getting into the workshop of your choice. (And if you can't remember what you signed up for, we'll have the lists printed out at con so you can check.)
We've also got a great array of special events including parties in the hospitality suite on Thursday and Sunday nights, video screenings in the hospitality suite (the schedule will be posted at con), fan-organized gatherings for Torchwood/Doctor Who fans and for Spuffy shippers, a Star Trek MST3K, and of course our infamous cocktail party. If you haven't gotten your cocktail party ticket yet, we recommend that you buy it now--it's cheaper in advance and there's a possibility that we'll sell out at con.
This schedule is as final as we can get it, but please be aware that there is always a possibility of last-minute changes. Any changes will be posted prominently at the Magic Box, where we'll also have a bulletin board for attendees to post notes and trade information.
Registration runs in the Magic Box from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday and from 8:45am to 1pm on Friday. If you arrive after registration closes, just head to the Magic Box and someone will be called to check you in.
If you have any questions or concerns about the con, please ask! We're here to help, and we can't wait to see you.
This has been an especially tough year for trying to plan life in advance, so it turns out we've had three people who were planning to attend Writercon 09 but were forced to change their plans. They've generously asked that their badges be passed on to someone else who could use them.
So, if you live in or near Minneapolis and would love to attend but don't have the funds for a membership badge -- or if you have a friend who'd enjoy Writercon who's in a similar position -- we're taking names and will be holding a drawing Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT.
Comment to the Writercon LJ post with your RL name and email address -- comments will be screened. You don't have to have an LJ to comment; "anonymous" comments are allowed (but we still want your name and email address, of course).
Badge recipients will be responsible for their own travel, meal and hotel (should they choose to stay at the con hotel) costs.
Add your name here, and good luck!
There's been interest in a recording of the various panels similar to what was done in 2004. While we as Writercon Comm don't have the ability to the high-tech or the mailing system of '04, we'd still love to see recording and sharing happen again.
So, if you have a personal recording device, and as long as panels/presenters don't mind, you are welcome to make a recording. Ideally we'd love to see mp3 recordings made, uploaded, and shared. (So many fab panels, so little time!)
To that end, I was at a Big Lots type close out store and stumbled across three Belkin Voice Recorder for iPod for a price I couldn't refuse.
The one complication is that these only fit iPods with a small rectangular slot right next to the jack. (Unfortunately the picture doesn't show it.) My downstairs neighbor has such an iPod; she purchased hers in 2002 and it's about the size of a deck of cards. We tested out one of the recorders and it worked easily and seemed to record clearly, etc.
If you think you might have an older iPod model and would be interested in helping out with recording and uploading panels, etc., please respond. (I'll be leaving in less than an hour and gone for a week, so don't be surprised by the lack of a reply.)
We've been working on a way to offer the "Official" Writercon 2009 T-Shirt in more sizes without sacrificing quality. CafePress offers a women's T-Shirt up to 5X, but 1. it's not the same heavyweight cotton of our custom printed T's, 2. CafePress printing is not as opaque and durable as the screen print on our custom printed T's, and 3. even without a mark-up, CafePress cannot meet our price.
Nonetheless, CafePress is the best option we've been able to come up with, so in the interests of inclusiveness, joy, and all things Writercon, we've added the Women's Plus Size T to our CafePress store at http://www.cafepress.com/retailjustice.
The custom printed T-Shirts run rather large. I wear a medium and am a busty size 14. If you size no larger than a 24/26, I recommend buying a custom printed T-Shirt, from www.writercon.com, or in Minneapolis. Larger than 24/26, and CafePress might be the way to go.
Unfortunately, because these T's are through CafePress, we cannot offer the option of having them available when you register; you should have your CafePress T-Shirt shipped directly to your home.
Thank you all for your patience while we explored our options!
Thank you to all of those who have responded to the request for volunteers, we're making progress! But I still need more folks. So what may be keeping you from volunteering?
This is my first Writercon, I wouldn't be useful to you.
Oh contraire! You don't need to have previous Writercon (or con) experience to help. We've got orientation sessions that will get you up to speed and answer your questions.
No worries, many of us are! Volunteering gives you a task and makes interacting and connecting easier.
I'm totally planning to, I just haven't had a chance to sit down and figure it out.
If at all possible, please take five minutes right now, look over the list, look over the schedule and drop me a line today. (Please! I've got some work travel beginning Monday and the more I can do prior to that, the better.)
So, below are the needs, including two new ones, so take a peek.
Thursday Airport Greeters.
Description: Sit at the Starbucks in baggage claim in the Lindberg terminal, wear a 3 inch smiley face sticker to be easy to identify, drink the coffee beverage of your choice, and wait for other travels to come to you. Then either walk them or confirm the directions to the train (aka lightrail). I got a few locals in mind to help, but I'd like two per shift, and really, once you've walked the route yourself, it's easy as pie. Thursday times:
9 – 10 am
10 – 11 am
1 – 2 pm
2 – 3 pm
3 – 4 pm
4 – 5 pm
Thursday – "Don't worry, be happy" opening party.
Description: Give out stickers, beads, leis, and generally keep an eye on the crowd for those in need of a friendly face.
7 - 8 pm
8 - 9 pm
Security - Friday Cocktail Party.
Description: Stand at the door, verify that anyone going in has their cocktail ticket. Watch for anyone behaving inappropriately or overly intoxicated, working with the concomm staff if problems arise. In handy half-hour slots to make it easy to still party. (And talk about a great job where you can see and/or be seen at the party scene.)
8 – 8:30 pm
8:30 – 9 pm
9 – 9:30 pm
9:30 – 10 pm
10:30 – 11 pm
11 – 11:30 pm
11:30 - Midnight
Greeters - Friday Cocktail Party
Description: These folks mission is generally to say hi and chat up those who look uncertain or in need of a friendly face.
10 - 11 pm
11 - Midnight
Description: Help with getting folks registered.
Thursday, 7 – 8 pm
Friday, 8:45 – 10 am
Friday, 10 – 11 am
Friday, 11 – Noon
Description: Help keep the suite sweet. Show folks where the food and drink is, help with some food prep, point out the fic library and vid list, etc.
Friday, 3:30 - 4:30
Friday, 4:30 - 5:30
Sunday, 9 - 10 am
Sunday, 10 - 11 am
Sunday, 11 - Noon
Programming Room Host
Description: Go to the room a few minutes in advance of the session/panel/workshop. Make sure there's water and cups. Collect up stray paper afterward. Be general support to be a runner, etc., if there's a complication and need for a concomm staff.
This job is usually one of the favs - volunteer WHILE seeing that session/panel/workshop you were going to go to anyway! I've had very few taker, so few it's not worth listing out every one I need. So check out the schedule and let me know. The only caveat is that the closed workshops needs to have a room host who is already on the list to be in the workshop.
Please email me at volunteers at writercon dot com and be as specific as possible with what you can do. Ex: Security from 10:30 - 11 pm at the cocktail party. Or Room Host for the Sunday 10:00am - 11:30am session "Here Be Pirates: The Thorny Problem of Plagiarism"
Due to popular demand, i.e. someone asked and I said "sure!" the Writing Between the Lines logo has been added to wide variety of gear and garments for your fannish delectation. Go to http://www.cafepress.com/retailjustice to place your order!
A new design (Write Fic and Carry On) has been added to the Cafe Press store! Go to http://www.cafepress.com/retailjustice to buy mugs, totes, etc.
Also, official Writercon 2009 tees are still available for purchase, here: http://www.writercon.com/tshirt2009