Programming for 4th Street 2019 is now up!

Single Track Programming

4th Street has only one programming track, letting everyone at the convention participate in an evolving, multi-day conversation. Each panel is led by participants particularly suited to speak on the panel’s topic, and has a moderator to guide the discussion. Everyone in the room has opportunities throughout the panels to be part of the conversation: asking questions, making comments, and opening new roads of inquiry. Mobile microphones circulate in the audience, and the panel moderator integrates panelist perspectives with the full room’s input.

This year’s programming will be available in the weeks before the convention. If you would like to be on programming, have an idea for a panel, or have a programming question, please email

Our current Programming Coordinator is Scott Lynch.

That’s a Different Panel

A longstanding tradition at 4th Street is a closing ad hoc panel on Sunday afternoon, entitled “That’s A Different Panel”. During the weekend, enthusiastic exchange often causes the conversation to veer off-topic – and when that happens, someone will cry “That’s a different panel!” to bring the group back on track. But we don’t let the fascinating diversions get lost: throughout the convention we keep a list of possible topics for the final panel, and on Sunday morning the room as a whole votes on what that “Different Panel” should be, and assembles speakers from the crowd.

Programming Traditions

A well-loved tradition at 4th Street is the ‘titles list’ – every time someone mentions the title of a work, a volunteer writes that title down on a easel pad of paper. By the end of the convention we all have a collective list of recommended reading, watching, and playing to last us the rest of the year – at least!

If you’d like to volunteer to write the titles list for one or more panels, email, or sign up during registration.

4th Street Workshop

4th Street Workshop 2019: Getting Unstuck

Friday, June 14, 2019

10 AM – 3 PM

Lunch Included

The Workshop at 4th Street Fantasy is a one-day intensive group critique led by professionals in the speculative fiction industry. This year’s theme is ‘Getting Unstuck’. We begin with a panel discussion on the idea of ‘being stuck’, techniques and ideas around getting unstuck, and how critique groups can help or hinder this process. We then break into small groups where participants critique one another’s work under the guidance of one of the panelists. Critique at the Workshop is run Milford Method style.

The Workshop is aimed at writers who are pursuing professional publication of either short or long speculative fiction. Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis: this is not an auditioned workshop. After purchasing a workshop ticket, please submit a piece of fiction of no more than 5000 words to This piece can be a short story or a portion of a longer work. For this year’s workshop, we encourage you to submit a story or story portion which you feel stuck on or about. While unfinished work is entirely expected, given this year’s theme, please submit more than an outline.

While repeat participants in the workshop are always welcome, repeat stories are not: please submit a piece that has not been workshopped with us before.

This year’s Workshop leaders are John Chu, Arkady Martine, Marissa Lingen, and Django Wexler.

The deadline for registering for the workshop is June 1, 2019.

The Workshop takes place Friday morning from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Registration for the workshop is $60, and there are 25 spaces available. Lunch is provided by the hotel and includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Please email if you have any specific food exclusions.

4th Street Fantasy – Seminar 2019

Friday, June 14th, 10 AM – 2 PM, lunch included

When the Map Becomes the Territory: Planning and Re-Planning the Novel, Series, or Game. 

A seminar led by Maurice Broaddus, Seth Dickinson, Beth Meacham, and DongWon Song.

Some writers launch into the woods of a book or game without packing so much as a lunch; some of us plan the entire campaign out step by step, sometimes to the level of lines of dialogue. But rare indeed is the writer who hasn’t found themselves lost midway through the wood—and most of us aren’t so lucky as to get saved by Virgil when the wolves close in.  This seminar will cover the meta-manuscript. How do we prepare for a book, game or series? (And how have those preparations changed from project to project?) This includes outlining, but is by no means limited to it: pre-book bouts of travel, video game involvement, music-playing, fountain pen fiddling and other rituals become part of our preparation for the months-long (or years-long) floor routine that is writing a novel. How do we respond when our preparations prove insufficient? And, once we have an actual manuscript, what steps help us reconsider and reapproach?

Hour One: Pre-Writing

Hour Two: The Middle of the Book

Hour Three: Post-Writing

Registration for the seminar is $50, and there are 40 spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch is provided by the hotel and includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Please email if you have any specific food exclusions.