BinderCon LA FAQ
Where is BinderCon LA 2017 being held?
BinderCon will be held at Carnesale Commons (251 Charles E Young Drive West, off Sunset) on the UCLA campus. Registration and all session rooms at the conference venue are accessible via elevator. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. BinderCon provides gender neutral bathrooms out of respect for the gender identities of all of our attendees.
A map with walking and driving directions is here.
Why does it say “Venice” or “Malibu” on the schedule? I thought everything was happening at UCLA!
Venice, Malibu, Palisades, and Hermosa refer to the names of rooms at our conference venue. Everything is happening in the same building. For directions, see above.
I’m from out-of-town. Where can I stay?
We have created a tip sheet, which includes information about the location of the conference, as well as lodging options.
Can men attend?
Ticket sales are open to the public, i.e. we cannot regulate who will buy a ticket to attend the conference, and all ticketholders will be admitted. However, all speakers, panelists, scholars and volunteers, will be women, trans, and gender non-conforming people. We ask our male allies to acknowledge and respect the fact that this is a conference for, on, and by women, trans and gender non-conforming writers.
Can I bring my infant/teenager/tween/toddler/mother/babysitter/best friend/significant other with me?
If they’re 18+ and they’ve purchased a ticket, absolutely! We also provide $250 stipends to attendees who need financial assistance to secure childcare during the conference. For more information, please reach out to us at email@example.com
Can I buy a ticket for just one day?
No. Unfortunately tickets are only available for the entire conference.
I bought a ticket but I can’t attend. Can I get my money back?
Unfortunately, no. But if you’d like to give your ticket to someone else, please get in touch with us to update our registration information.
How can I volunteer?
Information about our volunteer program is available here.
Is there a lactation room at BinderCon?
There will be a designated pumping room available in nearby Covel Commons. One of our volunteers (wearing a pink lanyard at the conference) will be happy to escort you to the location.
What if I have additional questions about accessibility?
Please check out our accessibility page, which includes more information about interpreters, attendants, our quiet room, and assistance with online sign-up. We welcome your questions and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does BinderCon have a code of conduct?
Yes. Our code of conduct can be found at http://bindercon.com/bindercon-code-conduct/.
Anything else I should know about attending Bindercon?
We welcome service animals at BinderCon. We ask that our attendees recognize that as tempting as it may be to pet a guide dog, please remember that this dog is responsible for leading someone who cannot see. A person’s safety depends on the dog’s alertness and concentration. Please do not offer food or treats to a service animal.
Please also refrain from using scented products at BinderCon so as to ensure the comfort of all attendees.
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Volunteer for Bindercon LA
BinderCon LA is a big event, and we rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to make sure our speakers, attendees, and scholarship recipients have a great experience. Our volunteers believe in our mission to advance the careers of women and gender variant writers, and want to give back to the community by lending a hand at the event. Volunteers commit to working one full day (8 hours) at the conference, and can attend the other day at no charge. Breakfast and lunch is provided both days. All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation from 7 – 9:00 pm,Thursday, March 30 (exact location in Los Angeles TBA). Volunteers will also need to provide their own transportation to UCLA (parking in the garage is $12/day).
Our organizing staff will help match volunteers with roles that suit their interests, experience, and aspirations. Volunteer roles include:
Escorts (meet speakers at the VIP registration table and escort them to the green room or breakout room; serve as buddies for disabled or visually impaired attendees who need assistance getting between venues and/or reading signage; help attendees locate and utilize our quiet room and lactation room)
Social media team (live tweeting panels and workshops; interacting with attendees on social media; tracking and collecting trending hashtags)
Registration team (a seated role interacting with attendees and providing their name badges and tote bags; answering questions about programming, amenities like washrooms, and receiving complaints and compliments from attendees)
Room ushers (handling microphone for audience Q&A; liaison between speakers and AV crew; checking attendees off registration list for certain rooms that have limited attendance capacity; helping speed pitch participants locate the agent or editor they are scheduled to meet with)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q) If I volunteered last year, do I still have to attend the orientation meeting?
A) Yes, we require all volunteers to attend, even if they’ve volunteered for us in the past.
Q) I live out of town. Can I Skype into the orientation meeting?
A) Because the meeting is structured to go over specific volunteer shifts in small groups, we require everyone attend in person.
Q) If I volunteer, does that mean I get to attend the conference?
A) As a volunteer (who will work one full day, either Saturday or Sunday), you’ll receive free admission to the conference, which includes morning refreshments, lunch on both days, and a happy hour on Sunday; however, volunteers are not eligible for speed pitch and VIP party or VIP perks.
Please note that some panels and workshops have a limited capacity, and may be full by the time you receive your volunteer shift assignment. If you would like to participate in speed pitching or VIP ticket perks (priority registration for workshops and speed pitch, plus a Saturday night party), we recommend purchasing a ticket to the conference and joining us as one of our attendees!
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Bindercon LA 2017 Sessions
Saturday, April 1
Sunday, April 2
“I’ve attended so many conferences in the past 5 years and none of them had left me so fired up”
BinderCon LA 2015 attendee & author of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
BinderCon LA is held on the beautiful UCLA campus on April 1 & 2, 2017. Our event brings together over 450 creative writers, journalists, freelancers, and film and TV writers each spring. We will reveal our full programming lineup in January 2017. If you’ve never been to BinderCon LA before, here’s a taste of what to expect, based on our past events:
Quality Content: keynote conversations between powerful, award-winning authors, writers, producers, and executives, such as Jill Abramson, Elif Batuman, Effie Brown, Leslie Jamison, Porochista Khakpour, Suki Kim, Lisa Kudrow, Jillian Lauren, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Anna Quindlen, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Keri Putnam, Claudia Rankine, Rebecca Walker, and Lizz Winstead.
Community Connections: networking lunch to meet other writers in your field; speed pitching with literary agents, magazine editors, and industry professionals; Sunday happy hour to mingle with all conference attendees; option to purchase a VIP ticket to attend Saturday party with speakers and other special guests
Career Development: workshops on pitching and making a living as a freelancer; panels and workshops on breaking into the writers’ room, writing a TV pilot, and writing genre for screen; intersectional and cross-disciplinary panel discussions on writing cultural identity, motherhood, disability, and queer identity.