programming-chicago

Programming Submissions Are Closed! Vid Show and Activity Submissions are Open!

Programming submissions are now closed! Thank you so much for all of your submissions and stay tuned for voting, which will open on Monday, July 22nd.

Submissions for our Vid Show, Activities, and Off-Site Group Outings are all currently open. Please view the relevant sections below on this page for information about how to submit.

About Our Programming

CONfabulation 2024 will be held in Chicago from October 24th through the 27th. All of CONfab’s programming is designed and staffed by volunteers, both attendees and members of our con committee. If you have any questions about any of our programming, you can email our programming team at programming@confabcon.com.

If you would like to see the specific programming we’ve offered at past CONfabs, check out this page with information about all of our previous conventions.

Programming Tracks

We host two tracks of programming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All programs in these tracks are 50 minutes long, with ten minute breaks in between each one. Programming is offered in the following formats:

Panels: Presentation by 1-4 panelists, including a moderator to guide the panelists, ensure the panel runs on time, and lead the audience Q&A (this can be the same as the presenter if only one person wants to run the panel). This format allows for a more structured presentation with specific times for taking audience questions. Previous panels have included fandom history, boy bands, diversity in genre TV, ways to participate in fandom, and vidding.

Group Discussions: Roundtable conversation led by 1-2 facilitators. More loosely formatted than a panel. This format should not be a formal presentation, but rather a conversation between the facilitator(s) and attendees. Previous group discussions have included soulmate AUs, OT3s, found families, femslash, and incest.

Workshops: A hands-on experience! Facilitators can teach attendees a skill or game or anything else they might want to share. Workshops can take up multiple time slots if facilitators need more than fifty minutes, either as one double-sized workshop or two separate sessions. Previous workshops have included live beta reading, art tips and tricks, making fannish plushies, and tabletop RPGs 101.

Attendees may submit up to four programs. All submissions are then voted on anonymously, and the ones with the most votes get added to our schedule. If you’re interested in submitting something but you’ve never done programming at CONfab before, we have some tips and tricks that can help you out:

Moderating a Panel
Hosting a Group Discussion
Hosting a Workshop

Activities

New to CONfab Chicago as of 2023, Activities are longer time slots in the evening after regular programming concludes. Activities can include group games, watches of movies or TV, crafting, themed vid shows, and more. Activities are hosted in CONfab meeting spaces on Friday from 7-11pm or Sunday from 3-6pm.

Activity submissions are now open. You can submit your activities using this form. In order to guarantee inclusion, we must receive your submission(s) by Friday, September 13th.

Special Events

We also host a variety of other special events throughout the weekend.

Meet & Greet is a casual hangout that happens on Thursday night in the Fandom Lounge and marks the official start of the convention. Here you can meet your fellow attendees and participate in some icebreaker games.

Our annual Vid Show welcomes premieres, new vids, and more. Vid show submissions are now open! Please visit our Vid Show page for more information and to submit your vids.

The Saturday Night Dance Party includes food, music, and dancing, but it’s also an opportunity to sit down and spend time with your fellow attendees and chat. Drawings for our charity raffle will occur during the dance as well. It’s a celebration, but dancing is totally optional. You can dress up, dress to theme (to be announced later), or dress down, whatever you’d prefer!

A mask-off eating area will be provided, otherwise masks must be worn at the dance. We appreciate your cooperation with our COVID-19 policy, and your commitment to the safety of our attendees.

Off-Site Group Outings

If you would like to host your own off-site outing, we are happy to advertise it in the program, on our website, and in the con Discord. More details on how to do that are available here.