How to host a qepHom

This information is intended as a guide for people planning to host a Klingon language qepHom in the near future, people who think they might be willing to host one at some point, and people who aren't sure whether they want to put forth the minimal effort required. Hopefully it will help those who intend to host a qepHom to plan it well, and perhaps it will help convince those who do not intend to do so to change their mind.

1: Understand what a qepHom is and is not

The goal of a qepHom is to provide an opportunity for like-minded folk to get together and share an enthusiasm for Klingon. Anyone who has attended a qep'a' knows how the language can "come alive" when people are actually speaking it face to face. Since not everyone is able to go to the annual "great meeting" of the Klingon Language Institute, the qepHommey are being promoted as a way to bring a "minor meeting" to the people.

Keep in mind the meaning of the diminutive suffix -Hom. A qepHom is supposed to be an informal gathering of people who like or are curious about the Klingon language. It doesn't have to be a day-long seminar with a guest speaker and overhead charts. It can be done as an open house, as a short lecture followed by a question-and-answer and discussion session, or a completely unstructured get-together.

Note that the Klingon Language Institute does not itself sponsor qepHommey. Rather, it's the individual host who is responsible for the event. Membership in the KLI is not necessary to attend, and no fee is charged.

2: Commit to a date and place

Choose a time long enough in advance for you to be able to deal with the preparations, but not so far off that you don't feel any urgency about it. Remember that you should announce the event early enough so that people can know about it and make plans to attend.

The choice of location is quite flexible. You can hold a qepHom in your own house, or ask a local bookstore if they will let you have it there, or reserve the banquet room of a restaurant. A local school's classroom or a church basement is also a possible option.

3: Get the word out

The Klingon Language Institute maintains a world wide web page at http://www.kli.org/activities/qepmey/qephommey/ for qepHom announcements. You should contact the KLI's qepHom coordinator as soon as you have chosen a date and place for your meeting. If there is enough lead time, the information may be published at the KLI's website. (It used to be published at HolQeD but that's out of print.)

The KLI can provide flyers with general information describing a qepHom. Fill in the relevant details for your event and make a bunch of copies to post in bookstores, college campuses, comic book shops, and anywhere else you think you might reach interested people.

Many radio stations and newspapers have a "community calendar" feature listing upcoming events free of charge. A sample qepHom press release is available for you to customize for your needs and give to the local media.

4: Gather materials

It would be a good idea to have a few copies of The Klingon Dictionary available for people to look at. The other offerings from Pocket Books, The Klingon Way and Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, should be displayed as well, along with the Simon & Schuster audio tapes, Conversational Klingon and Power Klingon. A collection of HolQeD and jatmey issues is important, to show that there are "regular people" out there using the language. And you can take the opportunity to show off your copy of The Klingon Hamlet.

You can print some of the stories from the KLI ftp site. Translations of Aesop's fables are short and can make a good introduction to the language. If you see a message on the tlhIngan-Hol email discussion forum you think would be worth showing, ask the message's author if you can print it out for people to see.

The KLI should be able to send you flyers to distribute, containing information on its mission, its projects, and upcoming events. Talk to the qepHom coordinator about what other materials you'd like to be able to show or give away, and maybe a loan or consignment can be arranged.

5: Be a good host

This is where you get to make the qepHom whatever you want it to be. It can be a simple open house at your home, or a well-scripted presentation at a local bookstore, or anything in between. Let people see the publications that are available for people who want to learn and use Klingon. Tell them why you like the language, and answer their questions about it. Practice a few of the sounds that are uncommon for English speakers. Go through some of the phrases from The Klingon Way. Maybe listen to Conversational Klingon. Or just talk about some of the stories that you have read on the tlhIngan-Hol email discussion forum.

Do not be afraid to admit that you are just a student without all the answers! Encourage them to read through The Klingon Dictionary looking for the information they seek. If anyone shows special interest, make sure he knows how to find the KLI web site and especially the projects page, where the instructions for subscribing to the mailing list can be found.

You don't need to provide a banquet, but it's always a good idea to have snacks when you invite people to join you. If you really feel like getting fancy, there is nothing wrong with serving mock qagh or Pipius claw, but remember that the focus of the event is supposed to be on Klingon language, not cuisine.

6: Follow up

When you've had a chance to relax after the qepHom is over, take a few minutes to document what you did and how well it worked. Other hosts of subsequent qepHommey might find your comments useful in planning their events, and you might influence the words you are reading right now.

Some of the attendees might have expressed an interest in subscribing to the mailing list, or even joining the KLI. Contact them a few days after the event to see if they are still interested, and urge them to take action before they forget. See if any of them would like to meet again at some time in the future. Maybe you can make a qepHom in your region an annual event, or even a monthly one. If you're extremely fortunate, you might gather enough people to warrant a weekly study group or even just a Klingon breakfast club.

7: Repeat

Hopefully, you will have gotten as much or more out of hosting a qepHom than you put in. Only you can know, of course, but there's a definite possibility that you will do it again. And after having hosted one, you will have new and better ideas about how to do it the next time.
Category: General    Latest edit: 07 Mar 2017, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 10 Mar 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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