Programming Information

Westercon 69 programming will be large and diverse, with lectures, debates, workshops and of course multitude of panel discussions.  Please visit often as we update our site.

Online Schedule - The Westercon 69 programming schedule is now available online.

Set up a free account with Sched and you can create your own custom Westercon schedule. Panels can be sorted by date, track topic, location, and by panelist. Sched will cache the schedule data to your mobile device for offline access. Use the “refresh” button in the options menu while connected to the internet and Sched will update your programming data with the latest Westercon information.

Changes in the schedule are inevitable and Westercon staff will update Sched data regularly throughout the con.

Costuming - Sewing for the physique you have, pattern drafting tips, finding sources of inspiration and techniques, stage presentation, and the secrets of bringing costumes to life—costuming is a diverse hobby/business. Panels discuss all aspects of making costumes: from technique, to material, to historical accuracy.

Creation Station - Creation Station is delighted and honored to be welcomed to provide a track of programming for WesterCon 69, our WesterCon debut. We are a collective of panelists who run immersive rooms of uniquely interactive programming for folks at all levels of experience, founded in 2003 as the Kumoricon_fanfiction community and having run around 20 programming rooms in OR, WA, BC, and AB since our first room as “The Beta Station” at Kumoricon 2 (2004). Our ambience is that of a welcome wagon for anyone new to any aspect of their con-going experience, be it their first time at any con, first time at the given con or at a con of its genre, or exploring a new fandom, a new form of fan creation, cosplay, performance, etc.

We generally always present a mix of programming, including some specifically suitable for parents and young kids; some designed by and/or run by tweens and/or teens; some especially appealing to young adults; and some definitely only for those 18+. At each new con, we introduce new panelists and new panel content, and we include hands-on crafts, how-to’s, fandom celebrations, political discussions, and special events. Since many of us were already involved in GEAR Con, we are especially thrilled to join the festivities and bring some innovations, as well as some favorites from our home con, OryCon, and our other 2016 cons: NewCon, MiyakoCon, and FLYA Zero.

Some of the highlights we have planned include: Gender Roles in Steampunk Fiction; Bowie Tribute, From Ziggy to Jareth; Would You Survive a Journey Through Time? Interactive Game Show!; 2nd Skin: Finding the Perfect Face for Your Cosplay; Making a Quick Bustle Skirt; I May Be Bad, But I’m Perfectly Good at It (villain cosplay); Heroes in the Making (hero cosplay); Cosplay for People of All Abilities; I’m Not Just a Parent: What’s in My Closet?; Costume in Harness (a costuming craft how-to); Crossplay, Gender, and You; Welcome to Fanfic; 50 Shades of Fanfic (18+); Surviving Cons with Disabilities; Star Wars Origami; Black Cinderella and the New Jim Crow: Media Representation in Post-Racial America; Broadsword Etiquette; Coloring Titanium with Electricity; Ears for Wigs; Intro to Fandom Quilting; Yarning for the Doctor; Make Your Own Mini-TARDIS Top Hat and Bowtie; Make Your Own Sonic Screwdrivers; Stand-Up for Geeks!

And many more! Including our semi-famous Fandom Celebrations, such as: Tiptoe Through the TARDIS (Doctor Who and related series) and Accio: Sequels & Prequels (Harry Potter fandom). We are always seeking new content ideas and volunteers, so feel free to be in touch. --Rem, aka Ellen Klowden (Founder & Coordinator), rem.saverem.was.right@gmail.com

Dances & Concerts - Expect to hear beats to get you on your feets.

Gaming - Sponsored by Gamestorm, we will have a well-stocked game library for you to choose from. View the amazing selection of games in the game library here. There will also be scheduled gaming as well as open play. If you're interested in running a game or two, or if there's something gaming-related that you'd like to see, please send email to gaming@westercon69.org.

KidCon/Children's Programming - We have a full slate of children’s programming on all 4 days of the convention, as part of our effort to make Westercon 69 a family-friendly event (and to reel young’uns into fandom!) Our programs explore interests like crafts, gaming, costuming, music, science and stories/writing; and are all scheduled in one centrally located room (Morrison.) Some programs will be suitable for children as young as 3, others for ages 7-12, and some for all ages. Age ranges are included in some program descriptions.

Special events will include: two dances, two game tournaments, a costume parade, a monster PJ party, a kinderfilk concert, making paper armor, mermaid visitations, and gaming activities with the folks from the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery (IMOGAP)! Please be aware that for a few activities (costume parade and game tournaments,) we need those wishing to participate to arrive on time.

Our programs are not child care and Westercon rules and common sense should guide you in whether or not to accompany your child. We hope to see you in the Morrison room!

Kaffeeklatsches and Literary Beers - Meet with authors and artists for a cup of coffee/tea or an evening drink. Daytime Kaffeeklatches will be located in the Multnomah Ballroom (please bring your own beverage) and evening drinks will located in the hotel’s bar, The Gather! (please order your own beverage). Seating is limited, sign up at the Information Desk in the main lobby.

Filk & Music - Music Panels can be a chance for the audience to break out their harmonizing skills. Learn about filk, song circles, etiquette of participating, and techniques or aspects of musical performance. Audience participation is frequently encouraged. Musical Performances are concerts by a single person or small group, with performances ranging from 30 to 60 minutes in length. Filk will have a dedicated room and open filking every night. Don't miss the Guest of Honor, Alexander Adams' concert at 3pm on Sunday. There will also be a Dead Dog until midnight on Monday night..

Film Festival - The Westercon 69 media room will be screening independent films from around the world. We are now in an indie film boom, with many award-winning shorts and features being produced every year, and seen only by film festival audiences. At Westercon 69, the opportunity to watch the best that indie film offers in science fiction and fantasy, horror, animation, comedy, fan, documentary, and late night anime is yours. Highlights include screening steampunk shorts and features; horror shorts based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe; international animation shorts; and more.

Immerse yourself in anime! From the current hits to the shows we all know and love, late night anime will be sure to have you coming back for more. From comedy to classics, paranormal to fantasy, and a healthy dose of sci-fi on top, you’ll be sure to walk into an anime that fits your style at any time. Come, take a load off, and enjoy the best of films from around the world.

Readings & Autograph Sessions - 30 minute reading sessions will be scheduled throughout the convention. Come hear local and visiting authors read excerpts from their latest work. Special autograph sessions will be scheduled to get your books, artwork, or whatever signed by your favorite authors and artist Guest of Honor.

Regency Dancing - The English Regency period – about the year 1800, the age of Jane Austen and Napoleon – appeals to the fannish sense of whimsy. You don’t have to know the dances, John Hertz will teach them. Come in costume, or come as you are. Want to read up? Try one of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. Patrick O’Brian’s sea stories about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are wonderful too.

If you look at fanzines, you probably saw John Hertz's article “The English Regency and Me” in Mimosa. He tried to explain. Really.

GEAR Con- Westercon and GEAR Con will be co-residing in the same space and time in 2016.  For regular GEAR Con goers many of the main features will be continuing inside of Westercon, and for folks who’ve never attended, get ready for a StreamPunk intensive event.  

Off-Site Beer Tours - Portland is a beer lover’s delight with breweries, pubs and, best of all, brew pubs. At Westercon we have three ways to enjoy some of Portland’s, the Northwest’s and the World’s best craft beers and ciders. We will have maps of nearby pubs, brew pubs and cider houses that are within walking distance or a short MAX ride from our hotel. There will be at least one bus brew tour and one cycle tour. The cycle tour is especially fun as everyone gets on a multi-pedal surrey and you pedal from pub to pub under the guidance of an experienced (and sober) guide. We even are planning a Guest of Honor tour with one of our esteemed guests. 

If you’re interested, stop by the Info Desk in the main lobby for details and the sign-up sheet.