SWOC was founded a quarter-century ago as the “Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee”

SWOC is an IRS 501(c)(3) exempt organization whose mission is to promote discussion and appreciation of science fiction and fantasy arts and literature, science education, and related topics through the congregation of fans, lectures, films, exhibitions, workshops, and similar activities. Sponsoring this Westercon is one way that SWOC carries this mission forward.

SWOC has organized many successful events since its founding, including: