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potlatch n. [Chinook Jargon, fr. Nootka patshatl, giving.] 1. a ceremonial feast of the Indians of the northwest coast, marked by the host's lavish distribution of gifts. 2. Northwest: a social event of celebration. 3. Contemporary: a gathering devoted to the discussion, creation and appreciation of modern speculative fiction. 4. California: a place where readers and writers meet on common ground.

New! Potlatch 12 Schedule of Events

February 21-23, 2003
Ramada Plaza Hotel International
San Francisco

Book of Honor:
The Rediscovery of Man
Cordwainer Smith

What's New (last updated Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003)

Potlatch is an all-volunteer, non-profit, literary convention for the readers and writers of speculative fiction. Proceeds benefit Clarion West, an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy.

At Potlatch, people talk to each other and participate in panel discussions about writing and reading speculative fiction. You'll find conversations at programming events, in Clarion-style writers workshops, in the consuite, in the halls, and in elevators. Never been to a Potlatch before? Get the feel of a Potlatch Panel by reading some of the transcripts of previous Potlatch panels.

We are returning to the site of our last Bay Area Potlatch, the very popular Ramada Plaza Hotel. This historic, renovated hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco. BART and Muni are just outside the door, and there are dozens of restaurants close by.

Memberships cost $35 until October 31, $40 until February 8, 2003, and $45 at the door. Supporting memberships are $10, youths 11-17 are $20, children 10 and under are free.

  • Registration Form

Send us email at info@potlatch-sf.org, or write to:

Potlatch 12
c/o Lyn Paleo
6405 Regent St
Oakland CA 94618

Ramada Plaza Room Rate for Potlatch:

New Negotiated Rate!!

  • Single/Double: $80

To call the Ramada Plaza directly, phone (415) 626-8000. For toll-free reservations, call (800) 227-4747 or (888) 298-2054.


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