Greetings unto my fellow heralds from Ollivier Le Floch, Herald at large in Lochac, heraldic class co-ordinator for the upcoming 2024 virtual Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium.
The next vKWHSS is happening from January 26th to 28th 2024, and it promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from heralds and scribes from all over the Known World from the comfort of your own internet connection.
Registration for attendees will open in due time, and you'll definitely hear from us about that down the track, but for now we're looking for people who'd like to teach a class at the symposium. But before you scroll away thinking "oh, that all sounds a little academic for me" or "I'm not experienced enough to contribute", please take a second to hear what we're looking for, as there's a lot!
vKWHSS is just a big bunch of heraldry nerds in a trenchcoat. We're keen on everything heraldic, from SCA submissions, to period heraldic display and everything in between. We're keen on entry-level classes for the newer heralds that will be joining us, your forays into cultures and languages that are underrepresented in the SCA, and specialist topics intended for an audience of just a few. We're interested in lectures, discussion panels, multimedia events and heraldry themed gaming sessions. Our planned tracks are Armory, Onomastics, Voice Heraldry, College of Arms admin, and even 'Divers Related Arts', and we're open to branching out, so there's a room and an audience at vKWHSS for your heraldic musings.
This virtual event is a great opportunity to hear from a greater diversity of voices than the usual Symposium crowd. We're particularly interested in hearing from people who are new to teaching and folks who are newer heralds, rather than just from the much respected pillars of the heraldic community, so please don't shy away from putting your hand up just because someone else might have been doing the class for decades, we'd rather hear from you!
If you you have a class (or classes) you're keen to teach, you can sign up at the link above.
If you have some ideas that you'd like to explore, or you're keen to do something but would like a mentor or some support to make it happen, drop me a message at olliviersca (at) gmail (dot) com so that we can try to make those connections and work something out.
And if you've read this far and don't feel like you fit in either of the groups above, please let us know what kind of classes you'd be interested in attending at the vKWHSS, and we'll try to cater for your interests too.
Looking forward to seeing you at vKWHSS,