You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

Q: Can you provide any kind of schedule for F&I activities/panels, etc., at this time? It would be helpful to know how late things will run on Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11, so I can plan my travel.
A: Fire & Ink IV: Witness begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, with workshops and panels until 7 p.m. Each full day thereafter we’ve scheduled an assortment of panels and workshops until 6 p.m.; there will then be evening events that last until 9 or 10 p.m. Witness will end at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.

Q: When will a list of all panels and workshops be posted on the web site?
A: We’ll post the panel/workshop descriptions as soon as they’re confirmed. Our programming committee is making sure all the necessary paperwork and signatures are in place before the program is announced. We expect it to be soon, as in shortly.

Q: Will vendor space be available at Fire & Ink IV: Witness?
A: Yes! Vendor applications will be available on the web site at the end of August. Fees are $25 per day, or $100 for all four days.

Q: Are there any volunteer opportunities to reduce the cost of registration?
A: Yes. We’re reviewing our volunteer policies now, and will have volunteer applications available after Sept. 1.

Q: I’m a student, just coming back for the semester and I just found out about [Witness]. Are there any scholarships?
A: Yes! A limited number of student scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be available after Sept. 1.

Q: Is it possible to attend the weekend, Saturday and Sunday only?
A: There are no advance 2-day passes available. After Oct. 1, look for an announcement regarding day rates, which can be purchased at the door.

Q: The Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront is sold out. Where else do you recommend?
A: We recommend the DoubleTree Suites Fort Shelby, just two blocks away from the COBO Center. The rates are comparable to those of the Crowne Plaza. Get a roommate if necessary. There may be a handful of rooms available at the Crowne Plaza; we’ll know more at the end of August.

Q: I’m attending another conference nearby in Toronto, and am thinking of coming down to Detroit. Can I still attend?
A: Yes! The drive from Toronto to Detroit is about 4 hours. After Oct. 1, look for an announcement regarding day rates, which can be purchased at the door. Road trip!

Q: I can’t go, and I’m really upset about it. But I still want to support Fire & Ink. What’s the best way?
A: Pay for a student scholarship or need-based scholarship. For $175, you can get a named scholarship to a student. For $600, you can pay for a need-based scholarship, which includes registration and hotel. You might not be able to be a Witness, but you can help someone else to be. Go here to donate.

Q: I have a new book coming out this fall. Can I advertise it at Fire & Ink?
A: Yes. We’ve got program book ads available at decent rates.


And remember: REGISTER. We need to know how many more of you are coming!
Fire & Ink IV: Witness
Oct. 8-11, 2015 | Detroit, MI


Early bird registration ($150) ends Aug. 31.
Prices go up to $200 Sept. 1-30, then to $275 thereafter.


Who Are We?

Fire & Ink, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the understanding, visibility and awareness of the works of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent and heritage. Fire & Ink, Incorporated is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.