Yes, it’s (past) time to bring this up and suggest that it’s an excellent time to think about attending FC and maybe being part of the programming!
Further Confusion is held in San Jose, California, and next year it’ll run from January 12–16. FC is in the San Jose Convention Center, with two attached hotels and several overflow hotels within short walking distance, and there’s a lot of places to eat, drink and get caffeinated at within a half-mile radius. (If you haven’t been to downtown San Jose in the last five or six years, it’s a very different place than it used to be.) Some of the nearest places even give discounts to con attendees.
While FC hasn’t explicitly gone out of its way to be a “writing con,” we usually have a dozen or more writing panels with regular participants including Kyell Gold, Ryan Campbell, Jakebe, and myself — and, as the returning writing track lead, I’d love to get new people involved.
You can submit panel proposals directly here: https://events.furcon.org/fc2017/panel/submit
And if you’re just interested in being on panels but don’t have any specific ideas, or have any questions, leave a reply in this thread or message me!