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FanWorks is a new con that will begin in 2019. It will be dedicated to various forms of fannish craft, including (but not limited to) fanfic, fanvids, fanart, and podfic, and is under development by Trelkez, sweetestdrain, and AbsoluteDestiny.

There will be individual programming tracks for fanfic & podfic, fanvids, and fanart. Panel programming will focus on craft, and will be a mix of technical panels/presentations (how to achieve a video effect, how write a certain kind of scene, how to make certain kinds of cosplay outfits, all the various things we love to make and do) and topical discussion panels related to different fan crafts. The fanvid programming track will have both panels and vidshows, including a show of premiering vids. All vidshows will be available to stream online (with viewer-optional subtitles) for attending and supporting members.

Planned features of the con include:

-- the FanWorks Night Market, an evening event with artist vendor tables, food and drinks
-- a vid dance party
-- a con zine
-- an on-site art gallery
-- a quiet room with a zine library and podfic available for checkout

We're excited to be starting a new project and we have many, many ideas for it based on our experiences as both con attendees and con staff, but we also want to take the time to plan carefully and thoughtfully. We want to build an accessible con that will be fun for everyone.

To that end, we'll be soliciting a lot of feedback over the coming year as we lay the groundwork. If you're a writer, artist, vidder, podficcer, cosplayer, filker, knitter; if you make gifs or do fannish infrastructure or beta read; if you just want to come to a con that celebrates fanworks in all forms – we want to know what kinds of things you want in a con.

You can subscribe to our mailing list for updates, follow us on social media, email us, or fill out our feedback form here:

If you are interested in joining the staff of FanWorks, please email me at and let me know! No prior con organizing experience is required (though it definitely helps); any kind of fan background is welcome if you have the time to commit and are interested in contributing. Diverse perspectives are particularly welcome.

Date: 2017-06-03 08:27 pm (UTC)
mlyn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mlyn
Ooo! Where's it going to be? Is your icon of a magpie?

Date: 2017-06-03 08:29 pm (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
How wonderful! I adore this idea (NIGHT MARKET OMG)! Excited to see how it develops.

Date: 2017-06-03 10:45 pm (UTC)
kass: "let love be your engine," image of Kaylee and of Serenity (let love be your engine)
From: [personal profile] kass
Thank you for making this happen -- and for giving me something to look forward to as I mourn the impending end of VVC, which has been such a mainstay of my fannish experience over the last many years.

Yay for keeping the tradition of a vid dance party. :-)

Date: 2017-06-05 07:13 am (UTC)
diannelamerc: Wonder Woman deflecting a bullet (Default)
From: [personal profile] diannelamerc
Yes! :-) ...and I love the magpie icon!

Date: 2017-06-04 02:03 am (UTC)
sol_se: (Coldwave)
From: [personal profile] sol_se

Date: 2017-06-04 03:22 am (UTC)
ride_4ever: (Welcome to Chicago)
From: [personal profile] ride_4ever
What [personal profile] kass said. *points up*

Also: *hearts your Dief running icon*

Also: I hope that you will choose Chicago for this new con's location to ward off the Chicago con gap that will otherwise be created by the end of VVC.

Date: 2017-06-05 03:26 pm (UTC)
norah: Monkey King in challenging pose (Default)
From: [personal profile] norah
If there is anything I can do to support the con being held in Chicago I am so there. Let me know!

Date: 2017-06-05 03:55 pm (UTC)
ride_4ever: (Welcome to Chicago)
From: [personal profile] ride_4ever
Ditto what [personal profile] norah said!

Date: 2017-06-04 04:33 am (UTC)
aurumcalendula: gold, blue, orange, and purple shapes on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] aurumcalendula
I'm excited for this! (and as midwesterner I'm kinda hoping this ends up being in the Chicago or Pittsburgh area)

Date: 2017-06-05 08:25 am (UTC)
franzeska: (Default)
From: [personal profile] franzeska
Man... I'm so torn... Would Chicago be more awesome because VVC? Or would Pittsburgh be more awesome because a bunch of people I used to see in the Philly area are more likely to make it there? Good luck on your location search in any case! As long as there's an airport with cheap-ish flights from many places...

Date: 2017-06-04 11:49 am (UTC)
valoise: (Default)
From: [personal profile] valoise
This is such a wonderful idea! I've been spending time lately working with embroidered and beaded fannish items as well as vidding for fannish expression and a con that's open to a wide range of arts/activities is such a good idea.

Wherever you decide to hold the con, it would be great if it was a major airline hub to make travel easier, or at least a destination with a lot of direct flights. I'd love it to be Chicago, but I like traveling, so anywhere would be great.

Date: 2017-06-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
colls: (SW Jyn Erso)
From: [personal profile] colls
Oh! Exciting!

I'll toss a vote in for Pittsburgh. I haven't been able to make the last few VVC due to location :(

Date: 2017-06-06 06:02 am (UTC)
thenewbuzwuzz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thenewbuzwuzz
What an awesome idea!
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