Greetings, 4th Street Fantasy Community!
This is a friendly reminder that our hotel room block closes tomorrow (May 27th), which is important for two reasons:
- It’s the best room rate you are going to get!
- If the con doesn’t fill the room block (we’re about twenty room-nights away currently, which means that every single person who gets a room for the weekend makes a huge difference to the continued existence of the convention), the hotel gets to charge us a bunch of extra fees that would be a serious fiscal hardship for the con. Due to contractual obligations and the pandemic, this is a make-or-break year for us financially.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Perhaps it would be better to say “we need our help,” because of course this is a community. A community that we would very much like to see preserved for the future.
We’re not going to lie: we understand that after the last two and a half years, everybody might be feeling leery of making commitments. However, your support right now makes all the difference for the continued existence of the convention.
So if you are thinking of coming, now would be a great time to reserve your room and get your membership sorted.
If you can’t make it this year but want us to still be around when you can, or you just want to support the best tiny fantasy convention on the block, you can donate here. 4th Street Fantasy is a registered 501(c)3. All donations are tax-deductible.
Even five dollars makes a difference!
This year we are also offering a supporting membership option for people who cannot come to the con. This low-cost remote option will give you access to the 4th Street Member Discord for socializing, and where as many panels as possible will be liveblogged. We will also have sheets available at the convention where attendees can leave written greetings for supporting members: these greetings will be mailed to each supporting member after the con.
This year we have the usual wonderful single-track program of intensive creative-focused content (how’s that for a string of buzzwords?) You can see the draft panel schedule HERE.
We will also be offering a Seminar/Workshop hosted by C.L. Polk, Arkady Martine, Elizabeth Bear, and Scott Lynch that offers an unparalleled opportunity for writers seeking professional development.
The theme of this year’s Seminar and Workshop is ‘Writing as Practice’ – writing as habit, as experiment, as training, as something that a writer continuously approaches. Our panel of award-winning, best-selling, and internationally-published authors will help you conceptualize the ‘practice’ of writing, building (or abandoning) habits, integrating writing into the complex and demanding pressures of being in the world (dayjobs, health issues, a global pandemic…) and how to get back on the horse, even if the horse has run off to pastures unknown.
In addition, we will be hosting assorted informal social events focused on crafting, art, gustatory pleasures, and music.
The area around 4th Street Fantasy has many fine restaurants that offer sidewalk dining, as well as a convenient supermarket if you prefer to eat in your room. The convention is extremely serious about COVID safety, and you can find our COVID policy here.
We hope we see you in Minneapolis this year!