CONfab 2017 Programming – Brainstorming Post

Hello fellow fanpersons, your Programming Team here with some announcements!

Programming submission time is just around the corner! We will be running submissions for one month, opening next week on Monday, January 16th and closing on Friday, February 17th. We will be accepting submissions for any of our four tracks of programming: two tracks of panels, one of roundtable discussions, and one of workshops. After the submission period ends, programming will be voted on and chosen by you, the attendees.

But how do I know what kind of programming my idea would fall under, you ask? Good question! Here’s a handy guide to get you started:

  • Panels – Programming about a topic that applies to multiple fandoms (AUs, tropes, kink, horror TV, the representation of women in canon, etc.) or a more general fandom universe that has multiple smaller fandoms that fall under its umbrella (Comics, Sports RPF, Video Games, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, etc.). Panels run for one hour, and can have up to 4 panelists, including a moderator, whose job is to keep discussion moving, and ensure that the panel stays within established time limits. If you don’t want to mod your own panel, we can find someone to help you.
  • Roundtables – Programming about a single fandom (Yuri on Ice, Check Please!, Critical Role, Overwatch, Stranger Things, etc.), or a niche topic within fandom. Roundtables are designed to be a group discussion, and can be run by one person, but can have up to 2 panelists. Roundtables run for one hour.
  • Workshops – Programming where attendees get a chance to learn something new or hone their skills. Workshop topics could include things like live beta reading, art tips and tricks, or making fannish plushies. If you submit a proposal for a workshop, you must be willing to run it. Workshop sessions run for one hour, but you may offer more than one session of your workshop across multiple days, or request a single day session of longer than one hour (in one hour blocks, only).

We need your help to make the first CONfabulation amazing by submitting your programming ideas! We will be accepting submissions for all types of programming from everyone, whether you have had a chance to register for the con yet or not. If there’s that one thing you really wish you could do at a con or see a panel on, but never have, submit that idea for voting! Tell us what you love squeeing about the most, because we guarantee there’s someone else who wants to squee about it with you!

Use the comments on this post to share programming ideas, ask questions, find friends and strangers to help you out, and get ready to submit your proposals starting on January 16th! A new post will go up with submission instructions and a link to the submission form at that time.

The comments on this post will be open throughout the submission period, so if you come up with an amazing idea at any time during that time and want some people to talk it over with before you submit, you can do that! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post, or email the Programming team at

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If you need help or have any questions, please email us!

12 replies to CONfab 2017 Programming – Brainstorming Post

  1. Thinking of submitting a Rooster Teeth roundtable this year. It’s a thing I’ve enjoyed for years but only just recently got into the fandom side of/starting talking about with other people because recently they’ve expanded SO MUCH. Any interest?

  2. Stranger Things, anyone? :D? :D?

    • yes pls. pls yes.

  3. YURI ON ICE. If someone else really wants to mod it I’ll step aside but WE MUST HAVE IT.

    • I’d love to be involved!

  4. Would anyone be interested in a mythology in fandom panel/roundtable? Things like reinterpretations of classical mythology- Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, The Almighty Johnsons, representations of mythological figures in Marvel comics, Merlin, etc.

    • Yes please!

      Also, is book fandom represented? Not specifically Harry Potter, or Mockingjay, or other newer book series, but older stuff, like Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, and so on?

      • Love to see a mythology in SF panel. Particularly for books; things like LE Modesitt’s timegod sequence and Hammer of Darkness, Zelazny’s Lord of Light and Creatures of Light and Darkness, the urban fantasy trend of picking up mythologies and folklore, heck, even back to Emil Petaja’s Kalevala SF of the 60s.

  5. I’d like to do a panel about history and fan works – history in works and/or history of works. Any interest?


      • Yay! Can I put you down on the submission form as a panelist?

  6. The Adventure Zone! Possibly with other McElroy content if there is interest?

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