What is CONfabulation?
In the simplest of terms, CONfabulation is a long-weekend where people from fandom come together to talk about the things they love best.To elaborate, CONfabulation is a fan convention run by the same people who brought you Wincon for 10 great years. Wincon started out as Winchestercon in 2006, a Supernatural (the television show) fan con. The final Wincon was held in Pittsburgh in 2016 and had evolved into a multi-fandom convention that altered its location every year.
CONfabulation is a celebration of fandom with panels and structured events. We are the internet in all its glory, come to life. We are a place to get together with old friends, discover new ones, and talk about everything that makes us squee.
Who runs CONfabulation?
What is CONfabulation’s philosophy?
Does CONfabulation host any actors, celebrities, or other special guests?
Is CONfabulation het friendly? Slash? Gen? RPF? RPG? Art? Lurker? International? Cosplay?
How many people can attend CONfabulation?
Is CONfabulation a women-only event?
Does CONfabulation have a harassment policy?
Is CONfabultion accessible?
Are there age restrictions for CONfabulation?
What is CONfabulation’s drinking policy?
CONfabulation respects and enforces the drinking laws of its host city each year. As such, you must be 21 to consume or be served alcohol in the con spaces. We encourage safe drinking habits and personal responsibility, as well as respecting others’ decision to remain sober. While CONfabulation and its staff are not liable for the actions and decisions of its attendees, particularly outside of con spaces, the Con Committee itself always has several sober hands on deck in the hotel throughout the event, just in case.
How is CONfabulation policy enforced/regulated?
The Con Committee responds directly to any violations of policy at the time they are reported. If and when our policies are transgressed, we address the individual(s) involved directly. We do not base policy or our handling of policy violations upon hearsay. We protect the privacy of victims or witnesses who come forward to report incidents to us. At our discretion, and based upon the severity and nature of the violation, transgressors may be given (but are not guaranteed) one or more warnings before being banned from the con space for the remainder of the day, event, and/or all future CONfabulation and Winconferences, LLC events.
For more detailed information, please see our Legal page.
I have a friend nearby/my significant other is traveling with me, but doesn’t want to attend the con itself. Can they swing by a panel, be my date to the dance, etc.?
No, only con attendees are allowed in official con spaces. You may hang out with your friend/significant other any place in the hotel that is not an official con space, such as the bars, restaurants, lobby, or your hotel room. When someone is an official attendee, that implies their agreement with our Harassment Policy and other guidelines and policies. We don’t own the hotel, but we do need to be able to control our own spaces as much as possible.However, when availability permits, we do sell a limited number of one day tickets on the ground. These tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis, exclusively on-site, and include a name badge and program book. For further questions, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is your logo an infinity sign?
We had a contest in 2016 to see who could create CONfabulation’s new logo! Mikaela (technicolorstarburst) won, and provided this explanation as to her design:
I chose an infinity symbol as the focus because I believe it is synonymous with fandom. Fandom can be viewed as taking something finite, such as a television show or book, and making it infinite through endless interpretations and remixes. This is not to mention the people associated with fandom that come from an infinite number of backgrounds, personality types, gender identities, etc.
I can’t attend this year. Is there any way I can still show my support?
Hey, I want to help! Can I volunteer? How do I do that?
Where has CONfabulation been in the past, and where is it this year?
This is our second year under CONfabulation! We are excited that it will be in Chicago, IL on October 25-28, 2018. CONfabulation has been held in the following cities:
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – May 25-28, 2017
- Chicago, Illinois – October 25-28, 2018
Previously, Winconferences LLC, the organization behind CONfabulation, held Wincon in these cities:
- Nashville, Tennessee – October 13-15, 2006
- Los Angeles, California – October 12-14, 2007
- Baltimore, Maryland – October 17-19, 2008
- Denver, Colorado – October 9-11, 2009
- Chicago, Illinois – October 15-17, 2010
- New Orleans, Louisiana – October 14-16, 2011
- Dallas, Texas – October 18-21, 2012
- Las Vegas, Nevada – October 10-13, 2013
- Orlando, Florida – October 16-19, 2014
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 15-18, 2015
How do I register?
Are you going to post a public attendee list?
Will everyone have access to my real name/other personal details if I register?
Only authorized personnel on staff will ever see the personal information you enter when you register. The only information shared publicly at the con are the names submitted for the front/back of your badge. However, you must provide a government-issued ID during check-in to verify your name and age.
What hotel is CONfabulation visiting this year?
What airports can I use?
O’Hare Airport is the closest airport servicing the area.
What kind of programming do you offer? What are the programming tracks for 2018?
On site programming includes panels, roundtables, workshops, demonstrations, crafts, and other events. We try to cover as many fandoms and interests as we can, based on the feedback from past and present CONfabulation attendees. Previous programming can be seen here. We have multiple tracks of programming for CONfabulation 2018. Panels provide larger groups of con-goers to discuss their topics, most of which will be multi-fandom orientated. Round tables are smaller discussions with no moderation, and provide a conversation around mostly single fandoms or smaller niches. Workshops are a chance to learn something new, or hone a craft in detail.
You can request the type of space which will work best for your idea, but please be advised the con committee reserves the right to move it to the space we think is most appropriate. However, we’ll never stick you in a bigger room without consulting you first.
How do I pitch a panel/roundtable/workshop?
What kind of panels/roundtables/workshops do you accept? Are there specific requirements?
We are looking for a variety of panels and workshops, which appeal to the widest range of attendees. We are a multi-fandom convention, so we would love to accept pitches for genre specific and pan-fandom panels such as: medical dramas, reality shows, crime procedurals, BBC, comics, and the like. We also love fandom meta and discussions about fandom culture. Be creative!We also welcome programming that is fandom-specific, and we would love to get your submissions for roundtable discussions on whatever your current (or past!) fandom favorite is.
We encourage all ideas and fandoms as potential subjects. A subject should be broad enough to fill fifty minutes, but specific enough to guide the conversation or activity. If you have an idea, but need help fleshing it out into a panel or event, we will be opening up at Brainstorming Post prior to panel submissions opening.
What is considered a panel?
What is considered a workshop?
Workshops give attendees a chance to learn something new, or hone their skills. They are smaller than panels to allow participants to ask questions and get feedback. Past workshops have included live beta reading, art tips and tricks, and making fannish plushies.
What is considered a roundtable?
Roundtables are small, intimate discussions focused on a specific theme. They will have a moderator, but no formal panel structure. Round tables often focus on topics of single-fandom or niche interest.
What if I have an idea but no one to be on the panel with me?
What if I have an idea but don’t want to be on the panel?
Unfortunately, in order for your programming idea to be eligible for voting, you must be able to list someone who is willing to be on it. We can provide a moderator for panels, but if you have a roundtable or workshop idea that you don’t want to run, you will need to find someone else to run it for you. Again, leave your ideas on our brainstorming post! You never know, there might be a dozen fans who didn’t know they were waiting to talk about your idea until now.
How can I see what programming has already been submitted?
But you don’t understand, I need to see this panel or I will cry.
There’s no crying in fandom. We’ll be opening panel/workshop/roundtable submissions to a vote (sans submitter’s name) to gauge attendee interest. Just make sure you vote and you get your friends who are attending to vote, too! You have to be a registered attendee to vote on programming, so register early! Voting opens [date TBA] and will run for one month.
What is the schedule this year?
Is there a Vid Show? How do I participate?
What is the Fandom Lounge?
Will there be vendors?
What is the Friday night dance all about?
CONfabulation’s dance is about community, positive self-expression, acceptance, and celebrating everyone’s individuality and amazingness. It’s also a big dance party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and more sparkling lights than you can shake a stick at. We dance, we eat, we drink, we dance some more, and we come together in the true spirit of CONfabulation and fandom. For more info about CONfabulation’s dance, keep an eye on our programming page.
What charity does your raffle support?
How do I donate to the raffle?
What off-site activities do you have planned?
While no off-site activities are part of the official CONfabulation programming, many are planned in advance by attendees and staff and will be listed on the website and program book. They become an essential part of many people’s unofficial weekend plans.For more details or to see other off-site activities planned, keep an eye on our programming page.