About Potlatch

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention. It was started in Seattle and alternates between Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and sometimes Portland.

Potlatch contributes to the future of speculative fiction with an auction benefiting Clarion West, an intense six-week workshop for speculative fiction writers at the start of their careers. When you buy books, art, and unique hand-made items in the auction, you are helping Clarion West to help the students — students who may soon become your favorite new writers.

Potlatch is a place where readers and writers meet on common ground. Everyone at Potlatch, whether reader or writer or artist or editor, is a fan. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

The first Potlatch committee in Seattle decided that Potlatch would not have a Guest of Honor. For Potlatch 2 the Bay Area committee added the idea of a Book of Honor. It has worked very well. The book is not put on a pedestal as may happen with an honored guest. The discussion includes the flaws of the book as well as its virtues, and it is always thoughtful and insightful.

Potlatch 25 — Winter/Spring 2016 — San José California

Potlatch 25 will be free and open to the public. There will be a Writers Workshop and a Book of Honor discussion at a library in the San José area. The Clarion West Benefit Auction will be held on-line.

The Potlatch 25 Book of Honor is Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson. See the Book of Honor page for details.

The convention date and location will be announced soon.

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