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WisCon 41

  • Madison Concourse Hotel 1 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison's WisCon has always been an outlier among sci-fi conventions, focusing on the representation and expression of women, LGBTQ people, the disabled, and other marginalized groups. Rather than focus on flashy meet-and-greets, this convention focuses on writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings, all of it centered more around attendees than around prominent visiting authors. WisCon also is the home of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, which honors sci-fi and fantasy works that "expand or explore our understanding of gender." This year's guests of honor are sci-fi writer and poet Amal El-Mohtar and comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. For more about WisCon, hear our recent podcast interview with two of its organizers—Scott Gordon