Masscon Jan 2021


In previous years, we’ve held the occasional one day minicon reprising some of the talks we held at Critical Mass during the year. Adam and I thought it’d be nice to hold an online mini-con in late January.

We were both impressed with Punctuation, and thought we can put our paid Zoom account to good use. We decided to organise a few test runs in December to see what was possible, and get some experience wrangling Zoom.
Our current plan is to run trials on the weekend, at 8pm Adelaide time. Here’s the current draft schedule, if any of you wish to be guinea pigs
Sat 5th Dec, 8pm: Unearthed treasures
People bring two books: forgotten gems or recently unearthed discoveries
We send them to one of two breakout rooms; they have 30mins (6 x 5) to Talk about their book #1 (& post a para to host), then half of them move to the other breakout room and repeat with book #2.
Sun 6th Dec, 8pm: Quiz (Individual): Shared slide and people raise hand to answer
Sat 12th Dec, 8pm: Quiz (Team): Shared slide and teams gather in breakout rooms to compose answers which are posted to host(s) to mark
Sun 13th Dec, 8pm: Treasure Hunt: Teams form, move to breakout rooms and are given a list of items. They find as many items as they can before being recalled for judging
Sat 19th Dec, 8pm: Panel We test whether we can create a webinar like panel followed by general discussion when all audience are visible for Q&A

If you’d be interested in taking part in the experiment, email me at websmith@internode.on.net for more details

MassCon trials
8:00pm Adelaide / 8:30 Melb/Sydney
Every week on Sat, Sun until Dec 19, 2020 — 5 occurrence(s)
Sat Dec 5, 2020 08:00 PM Unearthed treasures
Sun Dec 6, 2020 08:00 PM Quiz (invividual)

Sat Dec 12, 2020 08:00 PM Quiz (team)
Sun Dec 13, 2020 08:00 PM Treasure Hunt

Sat Dec 19, 2020 08:00 PM Panel

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82467105925?pwd=QUVUcTY1dXh6Z2tmMjJ4WGxMQlZ2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 6710 5925
Passcode: 420646

Crit Mass: Sept 5th on recent novels

Last month, we discussed novellas we’d read recently. This time, we’d like you to talk about a significant novel you’ve read recently, preferably one written in the last two decades. Tell us why you enjoyed it, why you think it’s significant, and what it is about (without critical spoilers) — all in under seven minutes!

We meet, as usual, at 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month, at kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide.