Programming Suggestions and Sign-up Sheet
Last Updated: February 20, 2011
Here is the first phase of suggestions. There WILL be a second phase to suggest panels, so don’t worry-email your suggestions to email@example.com if you think of something and we will collect and put out in our 2nd phase. Meantime, peruse the list below and follow instructions at bottom of this document in order to sign up as a panelist.
Sign-ups for first phase need to be into programming folk by March 15th. Thanks!
Here are the categories:
D. Literature (books, magazines, etc.)
E. Fandom (fan fiction, fandom) |
F. Internet (live journal, blogs, sites)
G. Games/Gaming (includes games of all kinds, board games, computer games such as World of Warcraft, etc.)
H. Creative Pursuits (hobbies, vidding, etc. but not fan fiction)
J. Workshops* (workshops can be on anything – how to write, bead, video, etc.)
* All workshops are 2 hours long, unless otherwise requested to be less. If you suggest a workshop, you are volunteering to run it. This is the ONLY exception to making suggestions for panels.
A&E’s Hoarders: Is this show about hoarding entertaining, or do you think you could be a candidate for the series?
Amazing Race: Revisiting seasons 17 and 18 (“Unfinished Business”)
American Idol: General discussion about the tenth season – cast changes, format changes, how is the still faring?
Are the networks killing themselves? Half-year hiatuses, constant time-shifting. Is your show a victim of these practices and does it kill your enthusiasm to even watch?
Being Human (SyFy Channel): Are Aidan & Bishop just another Nick Knight & Lacroix?
Being Human (SyFy Channel): Josh is adorable. Is he the most human of the trio?
Being Human: The SyFy vs. the BBC version.
Big Bang Theory: More pals for Penny; having introduced Sheldon to non-geek friendship, how’s it going with Amy Farrah Fowler?
Blue Bloods: Does this Tom Selleck series have the same appeal as Magnum PI?
Boardwalk Empire: General discussion (Steve Buscemi love god?)
Boardwalk Empire: Prohibition and corruption. A reflection of our own times?
Bones: Discuss the latest season.
Burn Notice: After four season, has it gone as far as it can go as a series… or does it have more life left in it?
Burn Notice: General discussion of the latest season.
Burn Notice: If Michael actually became a spy again, would it ruin the show?
Cape, The: Fun new comic-based series or mediocre entertainment? Your chance to discuss.
Cape, The: How many sources can we identify? Batman, sure, but then?
Caprica: Unnecessary addition to the Galactica canon, or a fascinating look at the days before Apollo, Starbuck and Boomer?
Cartoon Network: What’s good on this channel? Share your favorites?
Castle: General discussion of the latest season.
Castle: It’s been long enough. Can’t they get together and be like Nick and Nora?
Castle: Relationship progression – Are you satisfied with how the relationship between Beckett and Castle as progressed?
Chase, The Good Wife, Medium: Shows with women in the leads. What shows work and which ones don’t.
Chicago Code: General discussion of this new Fox series.
Chuck: General discussion of the latest season.
Cooking shows: Cake Wars, etc. Which is your favorite reality show dealing with food.
Criminal Minds: Has the show survived the cast changes?
Criminal Minds: What the heck has happened to our show? Compare earlier seasons with the past two years
Criminal Minds: What would you like to see happen to or for Dr. Spencer Reid?
Criminal Minds-Suspect Behavior: Is the new spinoff unique, or just more of the same?
CSI, the franchise: The series spawned a revolution on TV with procedural crime shows, but does it still have it? Discussion/dissection of all three CSIs.
Defenders, The: General discussion of the latest season.
Dirty Jobs: Can’t get enough of Mike Rowe? Come discuss the most recent new episodes and tell us about your favorites!
Doctor Who: A look back at the 11th Doctor’s first season – what did you think of Matt Smith?
Donald Strachey Mysteries: A general discussion of the movie series (/)
Donald Strachey Mysteries: AU’s, crossovers, and kinks, oh my! What would and wouldn’t work for Donald and Timothy? (/)
Donald Strachey Mysteries: How do the book and movie characters compare and contrast, and which are your favorite? (/)
Donald Strachey Mysteries: What do you think Donald’s and Timmy’s childhoods were like? (/)
Donald Strachey Mysteries: Which movie is your favorite, and why? (/)
Donald Strachey Mysteries: Why do you think Timothy really left the seminary? (/)
Eagle, The: fiction potential
Emergency!: Johnny and Roy. Why is this series still entertaining after all these years?
Eureka: Is the alternate universe change working for you?
Event, The: How is the series progressing, and where the heck is it on NBC?
Face Off – best reality show on the air?
Fairly Legal: A light piece of fluff, or are you tuning in for just Richard Dean Anderson’s guest spots?
Falling Skies: Discussion (with spoilers) of this new scifi series starring Noah Wyle
Fannish/Canon OCs .. Yes! They can be Awesome and No, they should not all be branded as Mary Sue or Gary Stu.
Firefly returns? This cult favorite returns to baseic cable. Can it revive the fandom?
Flashpoint: Discuss the latest in this Canadian police drama (potential spoilers for Canadian-aired episodes).
Forget the show, I like the commercials! Sometimes the commercials are more fun than the show you’re watching. Share your favorites.
Fringe: Peter and Olivia, alternate universes, is a fan-dream come true?
Fringe: Sorry, I fell in love with your doppelganger…what can I do about it? The complicated relationships of this paranormal thriller.
Game of Thrones: Did this HBO miniseries do justice to the George RR Martin’s novels?
Ghost Hunter and its ilk. What’s the appeal of this and other paranormal series?
Ghost Hunters: General discussion of this SyFy series.
Glee: Fellow Gleeks, celebrate the show!
God on TV: Is prime time setting a good example?
Gone too soon? Which shows were bad ideas, bad execution or bad casting?
Guilty Pleasures: What do you watch on TV because it’s like watching a car wreck in slo-mo? Shares your likes J
Harry’s Law: Quirky Kelley, or a little less? Not as much as Ally or Boston Legal, not as serious as The Practice. Do we like it?
Haven: has it done justice to the original Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid?
Hawaii Five-O: A look back at the history of this venerable franchise, from exotic police procedural to hunky cops in the tropics.
Hawaii Five-O: Book ‘em, Dannon. What works in this new remake, what doesn’t?
Hawaii Five-O: Should McGarrett and Dann-O just get a room, the way they argue? (/)
Hellcats: General discussion of this CW cheerleader series.
House and Cuddy? Has this relationship strengthened the show, or made it jump the shark?
Human Target: Has the addition of female characters helped or hindered development of this series?
Human Target: How did the cast additions work during the second season?
Human Target: Okay, Guerrero is on the good guys’ side, but is his constant killing of people with bombs, etc. a bit unnerving?
Infested!, Fatal Attractions & Monsters Inside Me: What’s so fascinating about such icky topics on TV shows, and which segments were your favorites?
Is your genre being rebooted on TV?
Justified: Discuss the first two seasons of this series starring Timothy Olyphant.
Laramie Why is this show still gaining fans after all these years
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – just about the survival of the L&O franchise. What makes it last?
Leverage: Discuss the latest season of this Timothy Hutton series.
Leverage: Great writing, great plots, great characters. Slick and smartly presented. Why is it the best ensemble cast on telly (or not!).
Leverage: The Con is On! How did season three stack up to the first two? Where to now?
Leverage: Where do they go from here?
Magnificent Seven Crossovers
Magnificent Seven: What is it with the scruffy bunch that keeps us coming back for more?
Medium: Discuss the end of this series.
Medium: They killed Joe! The BASTARDS! How does this affect syndication, DVD sales and the universe?
Mentalist, The: Will Patrick ever catch his nemesis?
Mentalist: I love Patrick, but talk about a toddler who needs to be spanked! Discussion of Patrick’s antics at the CBI and with the unsuspecting public
Merlin. General discussion of this SyFy series.
Murdock Mysteries: Any fans of this Canadian show out there?
NCIS: A general discussion of the latest season.
NCIS: What do you think caused this show to become #1; did something change?
NCIS-Los Angeles: Does the spinoff work?
No Ordinary Family and The Cape: Superheroes done wrong — How could these series have been fixed?
No, you can’t reattach his head with a stapler. Medical accuracy in fanfic (looking for knowledgeable panelists willing to answer questions from audience).
Professionals, The: An open discussion to talk about your favourite eps, your favourite fanfic, and the lads
Professionals, The: Fandom overview, general discussion, on fanfic, zines, and more
Professionals, The: Filing off the Serial Numbers. What pro novels have you found that started out in this fandom? What about the ones that might as well have? (/)
Professionals, The: Hurts So Good. What’s your favorite hurt/comfort story? (/)
Professionals, The: When Bodie Met Doyle. Was it love at first sight or did sparks fly? How did the lads go from strangers to the close-knit pair we first saw. (/)
Professionals: Secret Agents or Secret Police. Are Bodie and Doyle really the good guys?
Psych: How’s the latest season doing?
Quirky characters or psychopaths and sociopaths? How far is too far? (Parker, Eliot, Dexter, etc.).
Reality Shows: ‘Real housewife’ shows proliferate like weeds, Bridezillas, bachelors, etc. What’s the best and worst of this genre?
Remember WENN: General Discussion of the series
Rizzoli and Isles: True to the Books? Or does it matter? What do you think of this TNT series?
Royal Pains: General discussion of this series.
Sanctuary: Werewolves, vampires & Tesla; discuss the last season.
Science Fiction on TV: Is there any really good sci-fi left, or is Sharktopus the vision of the future?
Sentinel, The: Were they lovers during the series, or only after TS by BS? (/)
Sentinel, The: What was the first moment that screamed “slash” to you? (/)
Sherlock (BBC series): Are they or aren’t they? (/)
Sherlock (BBC series): General discussion.
Sherlock (BBC): Welcome to the 21st Century, Mr. Holmes. Was Sherlock made to live in the information age? (/)
Sherlock (BBC): What Would John Do? How far would John Watson go for Sherlock? (/)
Sherlock (BBC/PBS Mystery): It was like the miniseries was written just for us! What pushed your buttons about the modern day reboot of the world’s greatest detective?
Sherlock (BBC/PBS Mystery): The new Moriarty. Does he have a man-crush on Sherlock or was it all an act?
Sherlock Holmes: An enduring legend. From Conan Doyle through Rathbone and Brett to Downey and Cumberbatch – why Sherlock Holmes still captivates us.
Sherlock: Autistic, sociopathic, or just rude?
Sherlock: Everything old is new again. Updating Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century.
Sherlock: How faithful to the Conan Doyle books has the remount been; how faithful do we want it to be?
Sherlock: The capable Doctor Watson, or why Sherlock Holmes needs his blogger.
Smallville: Discuss the series finale. Did it do justice to the whole series?
Smallville: Ending after 10 seasons – did they bring it to satisfactory conclusion?
Sons of Anarchy: Was the last season a wild ride or total crap?
Spartacus-Gods of the Arena: Great historical romp, or do you just watch it for the not very-clad guys?
Stargate Atlantis: the paperback novels. Do they make up for the lack of the series, and what do you think of the six part “Legacy” series?
Stargate Atlantis: What are the cast up to nowadays? One word: SyFy!
Stargate Universe (SGU): Should we have supported it just to keep the Stargate franchise alive?
Stargate Universe: Did the last season leave you hanging? And did it live up to being a Stargate series?
Stargate: Is the franchise dead? Poor ratings killed Stargate Universe. Stargate Altantis and SG-1 films are in limbo. Should fans rally to save the shows, or stick with fanfic?
Stargate: Where does the future of this franchise lie? Is there any hope for movies?
Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals: Cultural examination of the two countries and similarities and differences on how they presented their crime fighters to the viewers.
Starsky & Hutch: A love story – what are the slashiest moments in the series? (/)
Starsky & Hutch: Fandom overview, general discussion, on fanfic, zines, and more.
Starsky & Hutch: The first time – hearts and flowers – or hot and heavy? (/)
Supernatural: A positive discussion about season six. *
Supernatural: Who is your favorite character and why.
SyFy movies: Tacky, trashy but a guilty pleasure. Discuss the best and the worst you’ve seen.
Television Remakes and Reboots: What worked and what didn’t.
Terra Nova: Discuss Fox’s upcoming series about a family sent back to the prehistoric days.
Things That Go Bump in the Night: Urban Fantasy from the Dresden Files to Supernatural. Come and talk about your favorite shows and authors in this increasingly popular genre
Tin Man: General Discussion of the Sci Fi Miniseries
Toddlers & Tiaras: A guilty viewing pleasure. Come talk about the spoiled kids and crazy parents
Top Gear UK: Do you watch for the cars or the hosts?
Top Gear: Comparing the U.S. version to the BBC version
Top Gear: General Discussion
Torchwood: Miracle Day (aka The New World). Rebooting the franchise or flogging a dead horse?
TV shows that no longer explore the future, or is exploration a dead horse?
V in the 2000s: What they got right and what they got, oh, so wrong.
V: Is the new V a great remake, or a pale imitation?
Vampire Diaries: Hunky vampires in a Twilight-type vein. Discuss the last season.
Walking Dead, The: Suspenseful and engaging thriller, or too intense for television? And how does it compare to the graphic novels?
Walking Dead, The: The critically acclaimed, and well-received series about zombies taking over the world was fun, but can it sustain another season?
Warehouse 13: Aaron Ashmore of Smallville joins the cast. Do they really more agents or is SyFy seeking a younger audience?
Warehouse 13: General discussion for this SyFy channel series
What do you look for in a TV series?
What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear: Admiring (and shopping!) the fashion of Glee
Where do you see your favorite show going, or how to do you react to “who was that?”
White Collar: Is there room for non-slash fans in the White Collar fan base? If so, where are the rest of you?
White Collar: Why is it so instantly addictive?
White Collar: Do you like the background (history) that the writers have created for Neal, Mozzie and the rest of the gang: Kate and Alex?
White Collar: How has the relationship between Peter and Neal changed this season?
Women in Crime Shows: How could they write them more realistically.
Worst Series Finales of All Times: How much does it matter to your memories of the show?
X-Files: Once huge, now gone. Are there any new fans out there?
“Love Never Dies” – Genius or Abomination? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” sequel.
3-D Movies: Are they are good or bad thing?
Bond is Back: MGM’s bankruptcy woes are being fixed and the Bond franchise is back. Discussion the future of the franchise, as well as who is your favorite Bond.
Comics into movies: Which films succeed, which fail miserably, and should Hollywood create NEW superheroes instead?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part I: Did breaking up the book into two films work?
Harry Potter: What are the odds we’ll see anything on The Prince’s Tale?
Hobbit Movies: What’s happening?
Hobbit, The: All the latest gossip about the new PJ movies.
Lord of the Rings: Elijah Wood turned 30 in January; what are he and the other LOTR actors up to now?
Movie Guilty Pleasures. A panel about the lesser known movies out there. Little known Sci-Fi and Fantasy films, new and old. May also include Foreign and Art House movies to look for. Also, gems from Netflix. Bring your suggestions.
Movie Remakes and Reboots. What worked and what didn’t.
Star Trek (2012): The latest news and production developments about the second film in the reboot series.
Star Trek: News on the upcoming JJ Abrams Star Trek projects.
Superheroes. Discuss the latest crop of films on Green Lantern, Batman, Spiderman and more.
Twilight: Aimed toward teenagers, do adults like to watch the franchise?
We’re all doomed! Discuss your favorite end-of-the-world movies, from the old B&W days up to the latest.
Why I prefer one-dimensional characters, or, the incredible allure of the animated movie (How to Train Your Dragon, MegaMind, etc.) over live-action films. Is it the animation, or just better writing?
Anthony Starke: general discussion
Benedict Cumberbatch: With a name like Cumberbatch, he has to be good!
Chris Potter: Kung Fu The Legend Continue is long over, but this actor keeps on working.
John Barrowman: The latest adventures of the remarkable Mr. Barrowman.
Justin Bieber: A panel for discussing (positively) this teen phenom.
Life with the Frys: A talk about Stephen and Mrs. Fry.
Mark Sheppard: Mr. Everywhere!
Martin Freeman: The brilliance of the everyman.
Michael Biehn: General discussion of this versatile performer.
Stargate – He was eaten by a giant snake!? What the actors of the franchise are doing now: Share news of what the cast (all the shows) are now doing.
The Everyman Actor: Which actors do you think can do it all – and do it well? (aka Nathan Fillion, etc.) Your chance to introduce other fans to hidden gems.
Andre Norton: Yup! Found a new site with downloadable old material.
Bernard Cornwell and The Sharpe series.
Black Stallion: There’s a new book coming out. And the change in the series.
British Naval Fiction: Age of Sail Patrick O’Brian, C.S. Forester, Dudley Pope, Alexander Kent, etc.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season 8 – Joss Whedon’s official comic book follow-up season – What worked and what didn’t?
Cat Fiction: Meow!!! Discussion.
Favorite Childhood Books: What’s out of print, what’s been reissued, what should we all track down?
Harry Potter: What’s the word on new lit from Ms. Rowling?
Horse Fiction: Discussion of the old and new.
Jim Butcher’s THE DRESDEN FILES: How is the novel series doing after “killing off” its main character?
Leave that book alone! What literary treasure do you hope won’t be made into a film.
Pern: A serious discussion about the series.
Pern: The latest book, DragonGirl.
Romance Novels: Favorite titles and authors
Sime~Gen universe by Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Jean Lorrah
The Castle Novels: Exploring the unique tie-in novels “written” by Richard Castle about Nikki Heat
Tie-In Novels: Collecting TV Tie-Ins, Past and Present
Zombies – the New Vampires: What’s with the latest trend in literary horror, both serious and tongue-in-cheek?
A History of Fan Fiction: When was the first fanfic written anyway?
Canonically gay vs. slash: Which do you find more fulfilling and why? (/)
Crossing the Line: Can A Hero Break, Spindle, or Mutilate the Law to get a Criminal?
Crossovers: Discuss crossover combos and making them work logically and when the oddest combos work in surprising ways
Fan Fiction to Go – What have you got loaded on your E-reader, and what’s your preferred format?
Fan Stories: Share and compare stories from your favorite conventions over the years
Fandom and the Family. Fandom is fun, cons are fun, but how much do you let your family know about it?
Fandom: Has technology like the Internet (Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter) and mobile devices (cell phones, IPads, E-Book readers) had an adverse effect on fandom? Lower con attendance? Fewer fan publications and art?
Female Heroes and why we love them
Femmeslash: General discussion of the Genre. /
Is ‘canon’ ship as much as fun as the ship that fans long for but doesn’t yet exist?
Is printed matter on the way out? Do you prefer a real book or a Kindle
It will only cost an arm and a leg: The rising cost of pro conventions. Is there any way to get to an actor con without taking out a loan these days?
Kink panel: This was so much fun last year, let’s do it again! General Discussion of kink in fanfic. *adult Discussion
Magnificent 7 – Canon led to fanon? – or where did they get THAT idea? What story started which fanon idea?
Magnificent 7 – Gen fic – Multiple AU’s – Which Aus do the characters translate to well? Story recommendations and share plot bunnies.
Magnificent 7 Fanfic: Gen, what’s the appeal? Share favorite stories and sites, offer plot bunnies.
Magnificent 7 Slash fic – general discussion. Favorite pairings, story recs, site recs – bring your favorites list.
Online Fannish History Archives – Come hear about Fanlore and other attempts to chronicle fannish history
Open Writing: Bring a notebook and pen, or laptop, and write for a full hour
Over 40 and still into fandom: Why we’re still in fandom and we have no plans of leaving.
Paranormal Investigations (I hunt ghosts! Ask me how!)
Professionals and Hurt/Comfort. What is it about the lads that just invites h/c, in both canon and fanon.
Pros: What Clinches It for Me. What moments in the show convinced you that Bodie and Doyle were truly together? (/)
Remembering Stephen J. Cannell – 1941-2010: A look back at Cannell’s 40+ television series and nearly 20 novels – Hosted by Scott Clark, past editor of The Cannell Files
Secret Agents and Slash. Pros, UNCLE, I Spy, why do so many classic secret agent and espionage shows lend themselves to slash? (Slash, obviously)
Sherlock (BBC/PBS Mystery): Can a 3-part miniseries from England inspire a strong fandom presence?
Sherlock Holmes BBC H/C Recs: sharing your favorite Sherlock H/C fanfics from the BBC series *
Sherlock vs. Sherlock. Movie Holmes or BBC Sherlock, which one moves you most? Or is there room in your fannish heart for both?
Slash Authors: What role does feedback play in your writing? How important is it? (/)
Stargate Atlantis H/C Recs: Bring your list of favorite stories this year and share with others.
Stargate Atlantis: McShep – now that they’re back on Earth, how will the relationship develop? (/)
Supernatural H/C Recs: sharing your favorite Supernatural H/C fanfics *
The Disappearance of Mankind’s Desire to Explore has Vanished: From Star Trek exploring strange new worlds to Tarzan set in Africa and Kung Fu exploring ourselves as well as Ancient China, has the human race become so tranquilized by modern television writing that we don’t want to go anywhere except our armchairs.
Threesomes=OT3s: Let’s talk about our favorite OT3s and writing them! /
Trauma in Fanfiction: How real do you want it to be?
TV Shows on DVD – Has your favorite series still not come out on DVD. Come discuss cult classics that haven’t been released commercially.
What is there a difference between shows that you just like to watch and those that you also enjoy the fandom?
Why is hurt/comfort so important in your stories?
Writer’s Block: Reasons why you stall out on a story, and the means to banish that block and finish your fic.
Writing Disabled Characters Without Failing
Writing Real Women
Your old fandom, another fan’s treasures: You’ve lost interest and now want to get rid of a fannish collection, but not into the garbage. The best venues to sell/trade those former treasures.
Zine Collections: What favorites have you kept and what zines have you reluctantly discarded?
Comic Con: Both San Diego and NYC. Share your tips for surviving these incredibly huge events, plus share your tales.
Facebook: Pros and cons. Do you use it for family, or your fannish friends, or both? And just how do you deny a friend request without hurting feelings?
Live Journal Prompting and fic fest communities: These have gotten really popular in the last couple years. Let’s talk about our favorites and share some you frequent!
LiveJournal Kerfluffle – With all the frustrations with LiveJournal, are you still there? If not, where have you taken your online presence?
OMG did you RT that? Or, do you use Twitter and what’s good about it, what’s just awful.
Roleplaying on Live Journal with Fannish OCs (or canon characters): Do you play? What games, characters do you play? Let’s discuss
Smartphones, boon or bane? So many choices. Which one is best suited for your fannish needs?
So you want to build a website: Where to put up a fannish site that doesn’t go poof when the provider goes under or raises fees.
There’s an App for That: Talk up your favorite and/or fandom apps
Twitter and Fandom: Is 140 character interaction with cast/crew helping or hindering fandom, especially if disagreements arise.
When is technology TOO much?
YouTube: Banned at work, a time waster, they say, but… share your favorite vids you’ve watched with the rest of us!
Gaming 101: Share your knowledge of the latest games with your fellow gamers.
You spent your lunch money on a virtual tractor? The pitfalls and allure of playing Farmville on Facebook.
Archives of fanfic on-line: Comparisons, pros and cons, and where to find them
Audiobooks: The good and bad; discuss your favorites as well as the ones you wish you’d never bought.
Basic Ebook Conversion for Fan-fiction: Tips and tricks on getting your fic ready to convert to eReader formats, programs to use, archives and downloaders that may do it for you
Choosing an EReader – With so many readers out there let us help you choose the right one for you. Or at least narrow down your choices
Collecting Motion Picture and TV Soundtrack Albums – come discuss your favorite soundtrack composers, listen to sample tracks, and/or share some of your own (bring CDs or an iPod with stored files)
Fanfic on e-book readers: formatting, conversions, software.
Has the digital revolution hurt or helped your fandom? Did you start collecting your fandom on audio cassettes in the 70’s and discover VHS in the 80’s, next came DVD and now Blu-Ray. With streaming becoming the main new main stay will you be able to collect shows or movies? What about the choices the new technology gives us, like or dislike?
Vidding – Discussion of Last Night’s [Friday] Vid Premieres (Saturday morning)
Vidding – The Creative Process: How do you go about the construction of a Fannish Music Video? A discussion of the hardware, software and artistic elements
Vidding: Where Can I Find Fannish Music Videos Online?
Videotape overload! You’ve only now just counted up your VHS collection. How do you transfer 1,000 tapes to DVD or a hard drive? Knowledgeable panelists offer help.
Advanced Ebook Conversion and Management: A more indepth look at preparing and converting fanfiction for ereaders, and the Calibre ebook management program. Open to PC, Mac, and Linux users (2 hours). (hosted by Wynde)
Holy Mother Grammatica: A funny thing happened on my way to a sentence? What’s the funniest thing you (or someone else) never meant to write? (hosted by Susan)
Video workshop: How to put together videos, music or otherwise, on your computer (looking for someone to run it)
Whose Line is it Anyway – Live 2-hour Improv – Featuring audience participation and suggestions – Hosted by Scott Clark and REW Clark (4:00 to 6:00 on Sunday)
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- Hours that panels will be scheduled are:
Friday: 1 p.m. to midnight (panel ends at midnight)
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (panel ends at 1 a.m.)
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (panel ends at 1 a.m.)
Monday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (panel ends at 1 p.m.)
TO SIGN UP VIA E-MAIL
First, cut and paste everything between the red lines into an e-mail.
Second, fill out as appropriate. You can cut and paste panel topics from FORM 1.
Third, E-MAIL TO: email@example.com .CC yourself for your records.
Please put “Signup” in the subject line.
Send as e-mail only – do not send back as a document or e-mail attachment.
Please do not add any graphics or backgrounds to your e-mail. The simpler the better.
1. Your MW*C Membership #: (if you know it)
2. Your Real Name:
2a. Nickname/Name you want used for programming (leave blank if not using one)
3. Your e-mail address:
4. Panels you wish to be on. List in ORDER of priority/importance. Copy panel number/name from TOPICS list above and paste in this section. If you wish to be a moderator on the panel, please put an (M) after the number in brackets. (Please list each panel on a separate line)
5.Maximum number of PANELS and HOURS you will serve EACH DAY. (i.e., Saturday, 6 panels, 9am-0pm – please note the end time is when the panel actually ENDS)
6. If you are the only person who ends up on a panel, are you willing to run the panel yourself? (YES or NO)
7. I can serve on back-to-back panels. (YES or NO)
8. Please state if you do NOT wish to be a panel against … (A) Art Auction, ( Dead Dog Panel, (C) Fan Qs, (D) Masquerade, or (E) Plays. If you leave this blank, we will assume you can be on a panel against these events.
9. Further Comments: (i.e., let us know if you have medical conditions that necessitate lunch breaks, mobility issues, etc.)
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This document is 11 pages long on letter-sized paper. You can request a Non-passworded version of this document by emailing MWCprogram@yahoo.com and put “Request non-pswd signup form” in subject line.