February 27 - March 1, 2009
San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area
potlatch n. (1) A ceremonial feast among certain Native American
peoples of the northwest Pacific coast ... at which the host distributes gifts
requiring reciprocation [Chinook & Nootka: patshatl, to make a potlatch
gift]. (2) A gathering of the writers and readers of literary science fiction
and fantasy at which participants exchange ideas.
Potlatch, the convention, is an all-volunteer, non-profit, literary
event for the readers and writers of speculative fiction. At Potlatch, people
talk to each other and participate in panel discussions about reading and writing
speculative fiction. You’ll find conversations at the program events,
in Algonquins (spontaneous member-generated programming), in writers workshops,
in the consuite, in the halls, and in elevators. Proceeds from Potlatch benefit
Clarion West—an intensive six-week
workshop for writers who are preparing for professional careers in science fiction
and fantasy. Check out our Auction page for news about
this year's Clarion West Scholarship Auction, an event that's traditionally
held at each year's Potlatch.
Potlatch 18 will be held at the Domain
Hotel in Sunnyvale, California during the weekend of February 27
- March 1, 2009. Registration
is now open (through Paypal or by mail). The general membership rate is $55
until February 14, 2009. The at-the-door rate will be higher, so register now!
To get an idea what Potlatch discussions are like, check out these
links to past Potlatch panels and Books of Honor.
The Potlatch 18 Program Book is now available for download
in PDF format. Progress Report 3 in PDF
or Text formats,
Progress Report 2, and Progress Report
1 are also still around in PDF format.)
This year, our committee has chosen two Books of Honor.
Check out the Program page to see additional panel
ideas that we're tossing around for this year. This is a work in progress, and
we invite you to get involved!
Guidelines for participation in the Writers Workshop have now been posted.
Watch this space for more breaking news. You can also visit the Potlatch
A Potlatch in Silicon Valley?
A Potlatch in Silicon Valley? Yes! We’d like to show off the South Bay’s
thriving multicultural community. If Silicon Valley is any model, we can expect
the future will have really good food. The Domain is a newly remodeled boutique
hotel located 9 miles from San Jose International Airport and accessible by
public transit. You'll find lots of good restaurants and points of interest
to visit in the immediate vicinity. See our Hotel Page
for more information about the Domain and/or to make a reservation at the Potlatch
convention rate (which is $109/night for a regular guest room or $139 for an
executive suite, including king bed, sofabed, and Jacuzzi). All room rates include
a hot buffet breakfast for one or two people, with scrambled eggs, bacon, potato,
oatmeal, pastries and cereal, plus—this is Silicon Valley after all—rice,
miso soup, and Japanese condiments. On Sunday we'll be having an equally enticing
lunch buffet, details to come.
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