The 2024 Schedule Is Live! Here’s How to Customize It

The 2024 Schedule Is Live! Here’s How to Customize It

It’s March, and that means the JordanCon 2024 schedule is out! You can now start planning your panels for each day. Keep in mind the wheel is still weaving, so things may change between now and JordanCon.

You can find the schedule here:

For easy access, you can also download the Sched app, and the JordanCon schedule will be publicly available. If you want to customize it so you know what you plan to attend when, keep reading!

Mobile App

If you don’t already have Sched on your device, you should download it. Click Sign Up or Sign In, depending on if you created an account last year.

You’ll see a typical sign up page asking for name, email, and password.

Once you’re signed in, do a search for JordanCon and click on JordanCon 2024.

You’ll see this:

Tracks are color-coded so you know at a glance what track each panel is associated with. For example, above you see that Main Programming is lilac, Wheel of Time is pink, and Fantasy is light blue.

Now, to add a panel to My Sched (your personal to-do list), click on the box with the panel listing, and it opens up to this:

At the bottom, click Add to Sched. When you’ve added some events, you can click on My Sched and it will look something like this:

Now, if you want to easily navigate between days of JordanCon, you simply click the day whose schedule you want to see. That will take you to the top of the day’s events.

This feature works the same in My Sched.

Web Access

You can also access Sched via the web. Go to, and you’ll see this:

The blue arrows point to Sign up and log in.

The green arrow shows the color coding of the various tracks; you can also use this to filter!

The red arrow shows where you can change how the schedule appears. “Simple” is what appears above, with everything sorted by time. “Grid” sorts things into—you guessed it—a grid. “Expanded” shows all the details included in each listing, and “By Venue” sorts everything by where it’s located. If you want to attend a lot of Sanderson track panels, for example, you may want to sort By Venue, and that will show you what time each panel is.

When you sign up via web, you’ll have the option of signing up with Google, Facebook, or email.

Once you’re signed in, you’ll see circles next to every event. You can click that circle to mark it as to-attend, and a checkmark will appear next to it, as seen in the purple circles below.

In the bottom left, you’ll see how many panels or activities you have saved to My Schedule.

If you click My Schedule in the bottom left, you’re taken to your personalized agenda, and it looks like this:

Further Support

If you need any further info or support, you can check out Sched’s how-to page, here:

We can’t wait to see you in April!

Friday Night Writer’s Workshop

Friday Night Writer’s Workshop

Friday Night Writer’s Workshop


Writers – this is your event! Industry professionals and your peers will read and critique 1000 word submissions.

You’ll get together in small groups with a couple guests and a few peers in a casual setting. This is an awesome chance to not only get feedback on a few pages, but give it as well.

Space is limited, so get your submission in early. Word documents only, double-spaced with default margins and readable font, so we can print them out for each critique pod. One submission per person. If you must revise and resubmit, it will change your place in the queue. Plan half an hour per reading so this will be a late Friday event which can last two hours or more. We’ll cutoff submissions when we reach capacity.

Scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday April 19, 2024 (results may vary so check the schedule when you arrive).

Submit here

The Author’s Workshops Track!

The Author’s Workshops Track!

The Author’s Workshops Track is running with two old favorites for the writers at JordanCon!

First, the Friday Night Workshop is back!

Writers, we’ll take your 1000 word or less submissions starting in February, and then in April we’ll meet up at JordanCon and get together with some professionals in the industry and our peers for a critique of your work.

It’s casual and fun! You’ll meet people and get some views on some of your writing.

Watch for a post next month where we open up submissions for this!


Second, Saturday Slush again!

Have 600 words or less read anonymously while industry professional give immediate feedback on stage. Terrifying? Maybe. Useful – beyond measure!

We’ll open up with a limited number of available slots in February after another announcement.


But wait, there’s more!

We’re going to work on Elevator Pitches! Bring a pitch, hit the professionals with it, and they’ll let you know how effective you were. We’re aiming for Saturday for this event as well.

2023 JordanCon Costume Contest

2023 JordanCon Costume Contest

2023 JordanCon Costume Contest registration is open! We will be taking sign ups for this year’s contest until 1 PM Saturday, April 22 or until all entry slots are full. I’ll post the rules below, but they are also included in our registration form. If you have any questions, please reach out to We can’t wait to see what you have created this year!

The link to sign up can be found here.

General Guidelines

  • Contestants may choose to compete for “Best of” awards (Juried Entries) or only for Judges Choice/Audience Choice (Exhibition Entries).

  • Due to time constraints, we will be limiting the number of entries to the following:

    • We will accept the first 20 contestants to sign up who wish to be considered for juried awards. (Best in Show, Best in Class, or Best Workmanship)

    • Anyone else who wishes to participate may be eligible for Judges Choice or Audience Choice, but will not be pre-judged or considered for the Best of categories.

  • Mandatory pre-judging for juried entrants will take place between 2:30 and 4:30 in Ashford. Please arrive on time or you may not be eligible for judging.

  • Participants who are not being pre-judged should come to Ashford by 4:30 to check in.

  • Each entry will have approximately 1-2 minutes to walk across the stage to present their costume while the emcee reads your pre-written description. Please write descriptions clearly and provide pronunciations, otherwise the Emcee will ad-lib at their own discretion.


  • Entrants may enter one of the 3 classes (below).

    • Novice- Anyone who has never won a juried award before.

    • Journeyman- Anyone who has won 2 or fewer best in class awards or no more than 1 best in show.

    • Master- Anyone who has won best in show more than once or Best in Class 3 or more times.

  • Classes are determined by placement in previous JordanCon Costume Contests only, however entrants may choose to enter in a higher class based on other factors.  Entrants may not enter a lower class. Group entries will be classified by the highest entrant in the group. Judges may choose to award a contestant an award from a higher class during judging should they deem entrance to be exceptional for their class.


The following awards will be given at the end of the contest:

  • Best in Show- The highest scored entrance from all categories.
  • Best Workmanship- The entrant with the highest score in workmanship who has not also won Best in Show.
  • Best in Class- The best entrant from each class that is not also the Best in Show or Best Workmanship
  • Judges Choice-  Each judge may choose to present an award to any contestant that does not also receive a Best of award.
  • Audience Choice- This award will be chosen based on audience reaction.

Judging Criteria

  • Entrants will be judged on the following weighted criteria.

    • Accuracy- (5points) How well the costume(s) match the source material. If you are not sure the judges will know the source material you may provide a brief description in your entry form.

    • Craftsmanship- (10points)Judges will examine the construction of your costume as well as any props and accessories that were made by you. They will also be looking at the overall assembly and design of your costume(s) that includes premade pieces.

    • Presentation- (5points) Presentation will be judge by how you present the costume(s) on stage, including your introduction, how you “embody” the character, and the overall “wow factor” of your costume(s).

The Yearly Brawl

The Yearly Brawl

This year we’re doing something a bit different for Friday night at JordanCon. We know many of you love karaoke, and we do too! But this year is our 15th anniversary, and we wanted to do something special. In the Wheel of Time series our very own JordanCon founders, Jennifer & Jimmy Liang, were written into the books as innkeepers at “The Yearly Brawl.” In honor of that we are hosting a pub/tavern night on Friday. Marc Gunn is joining us again and will kick us off playing music. If you’re not yet familiar with Marc, he is a traditional Celtic musician with a science fiction and fantasy twist. You can check out his website here.

In addition to music from Marc, we’re going to open up the mic! Some of you may have a song you were practicing all year in anticipation of karaoke, some of you like to play and sing with your friends or are part of the filking community, maybe you’re a poet and want to showcase some new work. We’re making time for this too. You can sign up for an open mic slot at this link. We’ll have a keyboard on the stage if you play or you can bring your own instrument. Back up tracks will need to be provided by you! Time allowing, we’ll also have some traditional pub sing-alongs throughout the night. 

What’s a pub night without games? We’ll be providing cards, dice, “coins,” and a variety of printed game rules for each table. Rumor has it, there will be some dominoes sets as well if you want to kick back and “throw some bones” with your table. 

Our JordanCon family has always enjoyed spending time together and making connections. We’re hoping that our pub night this year will continue to foster those opportunities. We’re very excited to host you for this night and hope you enjoy it.

See you in a few weeks! 

Welcome Home to JordanCon. <3

The JordanCon Programming team

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

As you look through this year’s schedule, I’m sure you’ll notice it looks different from previous years. That’s because this year we’re using a nifty piece of scheduling software called Sched.


Sched has a lot of cool features, but we know it’s something many of you have never used, and you might like some help getting started. No worries, we’ve got your back!


In this blog, you will find instructions on how to register for Sched, how to use it to add events to your own personal schedule, and how to view your schedule. We’ll also include some links at the very end to some helpful resources from Sched on the rest of their nifty features, including in-depth video walkthroughs on both the web application and the mobile app. (That’s right, they have an awesome mobile app!)


One thing I’ll call out is that you can view the schedule without registering or taking any other action. It’s available right here.


That said, if you’re interested in creating your own schedule of only the events you want to attend, you’ll need to start by registering for an account.




There are a couple ways to register. You can do it by viewing the schedule either in your browser or within the mobile app. Registering on the web is straightforward: just find and click the green ‘Sign Up’ button on the schedule.

From there, follow the prompts to register using either your email address or your Facebook account.


If you want to register using the mobile app, there are a couple more steps involved. First, you’ll need to download the app. You can either search for it on the Apple or Android App Store or you can view the schedule on our website and click on the Apple App Store or Android App Store link.


Once you’ve downloaded the app, the first thing you’ll need to do is search for ‘JordanCon 2023’ in the search bar and tap on our event when the search results come up.

This will load the JordanCon schedule, and you’ll now be able to see an icon in the bottom right corner of your screen that says ‘My Account.’ Tap on it. It will give you the option to log in to an existing account or sign up for a new one. Tap on ‘Sign Up’ and follow the prompts to create an account using your email address.


Adding Events


Once you’re all registered and signed in to Sched, you can now start adding events to your personal schedule! 


On the web, all you need to do is click the white circle to the left of the name of the event you want to add:

And that’s it! You’ll see a checkmark instead of an empty circle, and that’s how you’ll know the event was added to your schedule.


On the mobile app, you’ll need to tap on the event you’re interested in adding. 

This will bring up the event’s details in addition to an ‘Add to Sched’ button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Just tap on it to add the event to your schedule!


Viewing Your Schedule


Now that you’ve added a few events, you’ll probably want to view your schedule.


To view it on the web, hover over your profile picture and click on the ‘My Schedule’ option on the dropdown menu that appears while hovering:

To view it via the mobile app, go to the JordanCon 2023 schedule in the app and tap on the ‘My Sched’ tab on the top center of the screen:




Now that you know the basics, you can go ahead and use Sched to create a personalized schedule for JordanCon 2023! Sched also has a lot of other features (too many for us to go over them all), so if you want to know more about what it can do, Sched had a number of support guides that can help.


They also have video walkthroughs that cover all of what we’ve covered and more.  

Web video walkthrough

Mobile app video walkthrough 


Have fun choosing your panels and activities! We can’t wait to see you all in April!

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