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By Jo Walton
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About

Jo signing
Jo signing

Hi, I'm Jo Walton, Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning science fiction and fantasy writer. From 2006 to 2014 I ran a small convention in Montreal called Farthing Party. It was for my friends and people who wanted to be my friends -- most people who came were people I knew, but there were a handful of new people every year. It had all the bits of running a convention I'm good at: Program, and a restaurant guide. It was great. 

Scintillation will be a small literary focused SF convention on the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving next year, that is the 5th to 7th October 2018. If it's successful, we'll carry on doing it in future years. All people of goodwill are welcome.

You can just barely see the Holiday Inn in the corner of this photo
You can just barely see the Holiday Inn in the corner of this photo

It'll take place in the Holiday Inn in Chinatown in Montreal -- for those who know it, that's the one with the pagoda on the top. It's a lovely hotel with a koi pool in the foyer and many excellent function rooms of different sizes. Montreal is a beautiful city with an excellent food culture, and a delightful place to visit. It's easily accessible by train from New York, Ottawa, and Toronto, and it has an airport for those who prefer to fly.

And here's a closeup.
And here's a closeup.

Scintillation will have a focus somewhat like Readercon, but much smaller, and somewhat like Fourth Street. Unlike Fourth Street it isn't only intended for writers. There'll be a lot for writers, but I'll try to keep things balanced between reading and writing. My philosophy of program is to look at the available panellists and put together something that plays to their strengths and interests, and to aim to have synergy between panels. One of the best things about science fiction fandom and the conventions we hold is the way it broadens and deepens the conversation. That's what we want to do with Scintillation. We want to keep the best things from Farthing Party -- like the "Good Read" panel where four people each choose a book and the other three read them and then all four discuss them, and the "Joy of Reading" Sunday morning panel where people read great bits other people's writing. But we're also open to expansion and doing new things. For 2017, we're planning to have a Sassafras concert, and we may (see stretch goals) have a readings and workshops track. We may (again, stretch goals) have gaming. 

Jo and Ada on a panel
Jo and Ada on a panel

I stopped doing Farthing Party because every year I suffered agonies of anxiety that we wouldn't have enough members to break even and I'd go into debt to the hotel. It also ate a lot of my time, and in 2014 I decided to stop and concentrate on writing and organizing smaller events with friends. Scintillation is going to be different. For one thing, it's going to be funded (or not) by this Kickstarter. We'll know how much money we have. If there isn't enough interest and it doesn't fund, we'll know now and give up. For another, I have more help. I'll still be doing program, but other people are going to be doing everything else, including the dreaded badge printing. So we can all have more fun.

Bunch of people having fun talking at a con
Bunch of people having fun talking at a con

One of the great things about a convention like this, as opposed to a giant convention, is that everyone gets to hang out with everyone. We're not going to have a guest of honour, but some of the most exciting writers and editors in the genre will be here: some of the people already committed to coming are Ada Palmer, Marissa Lingen, Sherwood Smith, Fran Wilde, Greer Gilman, Ruthanna Emrys, Alison Sinclair, and Alter Reiss. Added post-launch: Also Max Gladstone and Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden and Lila Garrott.

Stretch Goals

At $3100, we will have a proper program book (not just one sheet) and a restaurant guide ACHIEVED.

At $3500, we will have a consuite with helium balloons -- a place for people to go when if they're not interested in a particular panel, or to hang out and talk. ACHIEVED. 

Cake bookcovers, from a party at Balticon 2016
Cake bookcovers, from a party at Balticon 2016

At $3600, we will add coffee and water service to the consuite. ACHIEVED

At $4000, we will have a Saturday night party in the hotel. ACHIEVED

Ada, Jo and Fran in Mainpoint Books
Ada, Jo and Fran in Mainpoint Books

At $4100, we will have a Sunday night party in Jo & Emmet's apartment. ACHIEVED

At $4500 we will have Friday night programming ACHIEVED

At $5000 we will have Friday morning dim sum and afternoon activities, trips to the Jardin Botanique, Marche Jean Talon etc. ACHIEVED! 

Ada Palmer reading from her Hugo nominated novel Too Like the Lightning
Ada Palmer reading from her Hugo nominated novel Too Like the Lightning

At $5500 we will have a reading and workshop parallel track ACHIEVED! YES!

At $6000 we will give grants to Jon Singer and other awesome people to help them come to Scintillation. ACHIEVED! 

At $6500 we will expand the e-book to include stories from Alter Reiss, Max Gladstone, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, three poems from Jo, and maybe even more. ACHIEVED

At $7000 we will give $1 memberships to program participants and staff. ACHIEVED

A panel at Vericon
A panel at Vericon

 

At $8000 we will have a special games room. ACHIEVED

At $9000 we will commit to doing it again in 2019

At $9200 we will have new reward tiers on this Kickstarter that include 2019 membership

At $9500 we will have a proper program book in 2019

At $10,000 we will have a consuite in 2019

At $10,500 we will have a Saturday night party in the hotel in 2019

At $10,800 we will have a Sunday night party in 2019

At $11,000 we will have Friday night program in 2019

At $11,500 we will have Friday daytime activities in 2019

At $12,000 we will have a reading and workshop track in 2019

At $12,500 we will give money to Jon and other awesome people to get here in 2019

At $13,000 we will give $1 program participant and staff memberships in 2019

At $14,000 we will have a gamesroom in 2019

At $15,000 we will commit to doing it in 2020. I can't believe I'm even writing this, it's ridiculous to think we could possibly get to it.

Risks and challenges

We've done this before, and we're pretty sure we can do it again, as long as we have the funding. The problem with running a convention is always "what if nobody comes?" Doing it this way, we know you're coming.

What could go wrong? The hotel could sink into a swamp and we'd have to find a hotel at the last minute, there could be a nuclear war, aliens could arrive and give us FTL and everyone would leave for the stars... but we think we're pretty likely to be able to do it.

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    All the benefits of Member level, plus ANOTHER book from Jo's cupboard (they make great gifts, if you have them all already) AND a free book signed by one of the other writers coming to Scintillation, AND a free ARC or book, AND one of Jon Singer's glaze test tiles, PLUS a maple leaf candy. That's three books, a glaze test, and a candy. If that's not value for money, I don't know what is.

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