Ready, set… workshops! Submission site opens next week.

Greetings, dearest Swappers,

February is cold and snowy here in New England — and it’s also the perfect time to think about what you want to teach and learn at Epic Skill Swap 2018, which will take place June 1-4.

Those of you who have attended ESS in the past will know that our process for workshop selection is participatory. Who can propose or request a workshop skill? You can! Through our skill submission website, you will be able to request workshops that you would like to take and propose workshops that you would like to teach. We hope you’re excited about swapping some skills, because this is about to get awesome.

Submitting a workshop

The workshop/skill submission site will open next Thursday, February 15, 2018. (You can see last year’s proposals and requests at You, the ESS community, will then have one month to propose and request workshops. Check back in, as someone may request a skill that you can share! Submissions close on March 15.

***If you know someone with amazing skills who has never been to Skill Swap, this is a great time to mention it to them!***

Voting for workshops

Between March 15–29, you’ll have 2 weeks to vote on which of the proposed workshops you are most interested in, using the same site (you’ll get an email about this too).

After voting closes

Shortly after March 29, our scheduling team will be in touch with workshop instructors. The schedule will be finalized by early April, which is also when we’ll open registration.

Then we’ll prepare for a weekend of skills, sharing, music, playing outside, conversation and community. On June 1-4, 2018, we will undertake skill-swapping and merrymaking with glee and gusto.

Questions? Email us at

Yours in anticipatory workshop contemplation,

The ESS 2018 organizing team
Annie, Dana, Eliza, Eric, Jadrian, Mary, and Rachel

P.S. Want to let us know you’re coming, or invite a friend (hint, hint)? RSVP on the Facebook event for ESS 2018. If you’d like to start a conversation about a workshop idea, you can also head over to our new ESS Facebook group, which we’ve set up to facilitate discussion about Skill Swap throughout the year.