So You're Thinking About Hosting a Con...
How to Put on a Beauty and the Beast Convention
|These pages contains the collected wisdom of a number
of fans who
have put on successful cons all over the U.S. It was first developed
from notes started in 2004, compiled into a document several years
later, and added to and amended over the years. Fans who have expressed
interest in running conventions have been offered the information
herein and many have used it as a way to learn what has worked in the
past, and some have thereafter added their own experiences to it.
No one compilation can pretend to cover every exigency, but it has proven useful as a guide, a checklist, or for basic information to get started without having to re-invent the wheel. For Winterfest 2019, this document is being memorialized online, although future convention organizers may continue to add ideas and the document may continue to expand.
Those whose advice is contained herein include Rosie Badgett, Becky Bain, Deb Fowler, Lori Hicks, Marilyn Howard, Judy Loyd, Rosemarie Salvatore, J’Ecris, Laura Goist, Pat Lurvey, and JoAnn Baca, with input by many other fans who contributed their expertise in areas such as Art Room, Decorations, Conzine Editing, Dealers Room, Auctions, Talent Show, AV, Virgin Wrangling, etc. For sharing their expertise in these areas, thanks go to, among others, Donna Howard, Suze Howe, Shelia Keith, Pat King, Cathy Moran, Carole Whitehead, Sandy Chandler Shelton, and Sandy Tew. Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list of those who have contributed to or chaired convention activities over the years, but it provides a wide cross-section of experiences from which to draw.
|Hosting a con is a big BIG project! We've broken
things down into the following categories. Click for more info.
Wondering about the how-tos of attending a con? This is a few years old, but still pretty accurate.