Q. Why are you having everyone submit biographical information and a picture?
A. Many conferences just post the the headshots of the “big names” that are being brought in to talk and provide expertise. We tend to think that there are going to be lots of folks coming who bring their own sets of expertise and experience, and that the draw for folks shouldn’t just be two or three speakers at “the main session,” but the opportunity to engage with an event full of people that are themselves compelling. We’re hoping that this is less about the passive reception of information and more about connection, conversation, and mutual engagement. Will there be times when people will just be listening? Yup. And times for facilitated dialogue? Yup. And open times for networking and planning? Yup.
Q. Why isn’t housing part of the registration costs?
We try to keep our registration fees just about as low as we can to break even and provide some small scholarship support for those who cannot attend without it. By splitting off housing fees we allow for a wider range of budgets for folks to find the kind of housing that works for them and their budget. For the 2019 conference, a number of folks are staying at The Washington Inn Hotel, so if you’re looking to find a place where there might be other conference goers, that might work. Alternatively, we have folks looking at AirBnBs in the area and the option for people to connect with other folks registered who want to share a room to cut down on costs.
Q. Do I have to use the word “theopoetics” to come? What if I don’t even like that word?
Q. What is the Sunday morning “open meeting” about? Do I want to be there?
Since the conversation around theopoetics is still a fairly small one and happens among a relatively small number of people, we’re eager to have a space to reflect and “see what’s next” after a day of theopoetics events. The morning is a time to process the event and to reflect on the possibility of future events, collaborative projects, journal activity, etc. If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please stick around!