When can I register?
- Early registration: February 2, 2019 at 9 a.m. and continues through February 15, 2019 for MAFA-affiliated guild members and associate members only.
- Open registration: February 16, 2019 through March 31, 2019 for all registrants.
- Late registration: April 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. A late charge of $35 applies.
What does it cost?
Your registration fee of $560 (in a double) or $590 (in a single) includes tuition for your selected 16-hour workshop, lodging, and all meals from Thursday evening through Sunday lunch, as well as all the other conference activities.
|MAFA 2019 Registration||Meals||Cost|
|Housing: Double room/Shared bath||Thurs. dinner through Sun. lunch||$200|
|Housing: Single room/Shared bath||Thurs. dinner through Sun. lunch||$230|
|Housing: Private room with bath (limited availability)||Thurs. dinner through Sun. lunch||$320|
|Other Options and Fees||Housing||Cost|
|Non-participants||Sharing a double room (includes meals)||$240|
|Wednesday Night Arrival||Early access to suite, includes Thursday breakfast & lunch||$65|
|Day Tripper/Spend a night||One night/Fri. or Sat. Single room (no meals)||$60|
|Sock Knitting Machine Mini-workshop||$125|
|Late Registration Fee||$35|
How many workshops can I register for?
Unlike some conferences, the MAFA conference is a weekend devoted to one in-depth hands-on 15-hour workshop over two and a half days. So you just pick one workshop for the weekend. (Yes, we know it is hard to choose!)
How do I register?
All registrations will be online through a program called RegOnline. Look for the red “REGISTER” button on the conference website. When registration opens on February 2, 2019, the button will take you right to the online form. (The REGISTER button will not be “live” until 9 a.m. on February 2.)
Can I mail in a registration form, like in previous years?
We prefer all registrants use online registration. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, you may contact our registrar at email@example.com for assistance.
What are the payment options?
- Payment may be made using any major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express), as well as direct debit.
Please note: To use a credit card or direct debit, you must have a PayPal account.
- When you register, the payment form will link to our PayPal account to accept your payment. (We don’t get your card number.)
What if I don’t have a PayPal account?
The registration program will allow you to create an account in PayPal. Simply select PayPal as your payment method, then select “create an account.” You will be asked to provide your email address, your preferred payment information and a password. Save your User ID and password so you can use PayPal at other sites. Questions about payment, please contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
When will I know what class I am in?
Immediately! That’s the big benefit of the online registration process. When you register, you will see the number of available spaces in each workshop. You will only be able to register if a workshop is not full. When you check out at the end of the registration process, the workshop you selected will be on the receipt, which you can save and/or print out.
What happens if the workshop I want is full?
You can select it to be wait-listed. However, you should still select an alternate workshop with open spaces. If a spot opens up in your wait-listed workshop, you will be automatically switched into that workshop, and you will be notified.
Do I need to create a password to save my registration?
At the end of the registration process, you will be offered the opportunity to create a password and save your registration. By doing this, you will be able to access your registration at a later date and make changes, if necessary. If you don’t create a password, please note that you must keep your confirmation email as it will contain a link to access your registration.
Can I change the workshop I signed up for?
Yes, you can! If you saved your registration, as prompted, at the end of your registration process or have the confirmation email of your registration, you may go into your registration and change the workshop for which you are registered. You may only do this PRIOR to April 1. No workshop changes will be allowed after April 1.
What if I decide I no longer wish to be wait-listed for a class?
If, after registering for one class and putting yourself on the wait-list for another one, you decide you are happy with the class you are registered in, you should go back into the registration program and remove your wait-listing. Otherwise, if a spot pops open, you will automatically be moved into the class you requested and you will lose your spot in your current class. If you have any trouble doing this, please contact the registrar.
What if I want to add a roommate or make a note about a dietary restriction after I have completed my registration?
If you created a password at the end of the registration process or have the confirmation email of your registration, you can go into your registration and add additional information for the registrar. Any changes regarding housing or dining must be made by May 15, 2019.
What happens if the workshop I select is cancelled?
If, by some chance, the workshop you have registered for must be cancelled due to low enrollment or an unforeseen circumstance, the Registrar will contact you to make another choice. (Any necessary cancellations of classes due to low enrollment will be made in early April.)
What if I have to cancel my registration?
Registrations may be cancelled before April 1, 2019 by contacting the Registrar via email. A processing fee of $50 will be deducted from your refund. After April 1, 2019, you will forfeit the entire amount unless there are extenuating circumstances. In this case, you must provide documentation to the Registrar at email@example.com.
My spouse/partner is coming, how do I register him/her?
You will need to complete a separate registration form for your spouse/partner who is attending with you but not attending a workshop. Select the “non-participant attendee” so that he/she gets room and board, but no workshop.
Why does the registration form ask about Sunday lunch?
Sunday lunch is included in your room and board fee. We have found, however, that many attendees prefer to get on the road as soon as the workshops are over on Sunday at noon. This question will give MAFA and Millersville University a more accurate estimate of the number of attendees eating lunch. It is just an estimate, however, so even if you respond with an opt-out for Sunday lunch at registration, you may change your mind and eat lunch onsite.
I’m a vendor who wants to take a workshop, how do I register?
You should register as a Workshop Attendee with full room and board, or as a Workshop Attendee Commuter
Why does the registration form ask if I want to be considered for the door prize scholarships at regional fiber arts schools?
Since some of our attendees know that they wouldn’t attend a course at one of the fiber schools, this removes their name from scholarship drawings. This helps ensure that those people selected will use their prize and removes the awkwardness of someone disinterested being put on the spot in public. Note: You must be present at Friday night’s “Shop-til-You Drop” event to win a door prize–so if you don’t plan to be there, you might also want to choose not to be considered.
What is MAFA’s new Photo Release Policy?
Attendees at a MidAtlantic Fiber Association conference (MAFA), must agree to the following photography release before their registration will be processed:
- As a participant, I understand that my image may be used in association with additional editorial or promotional materials without compensation or credit. In consideration of my appearance, and without my further consideration, I hereby grant permission to utilize my image in connection with said promotional and editorial materials in any and all manner and media through the world in perpetuity.
- I expressly release MAFA and its volunteers from and against any claims that I have or may have for invasion of privacy, defamation, or any other cause of action arising out of production, distribution, broadcast, or exhibition of this event.
- I agree that all resulting intellectual property is the sole property of MAFA.
Why do I need to agree to this photo release policy?
While we would like to ensure that no one who wishes not to be photographed will not be, we simply cannot offer that guarantee in the large public setting of our conference. The onus needs to be on the individual, and not on our photographers.
What if I don’t want to be in any photographs?
MAFA photographers will still be instructed to ask your permission before photographing you individually or in a classroom setting, and will, of course, respect your wishes. At other times, it will be your responsibility to watch out for photographers photographing large groups of people—and to move away if you want to get out of the photo.
What if I later see a photo of myself online that I don’t want there?
If, at any time after the conference, you see a photo on the MAFA website and wish it taken down, please contact the MAFA president at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will ensure that it is removed.
Will we get a directory of conference attendees?
As in past years, MAFA will create a directory of conference attendees, which will be printed and distributed to all attendees. The directory will include each attendee’s name, city and state of residence, email address, affiliated MAFA guild, workshop attended. (Physical address and phone numbers will not be included.)
What if I don’t want my name in the printed directory?
During registration, all attendees were offered an opt-out option through a check box, “Do not include me in the printed directory.”