Potlatch 23 Progress Report #5


Join now to participate in the discussion! Potlatch 23 memberships are $50. Youth memberships are $25. Children 6 and under may attend free. The banquet brunch on Sunday morning is $25. And you can order a T-shirt for pick up at the con. .


The Sainte Claire Hotel is beautiful and it’s in a great location in downtown San Jose. You’re going to want to stay there. Reservation information is at .


Potlatch will have a banquet brunch on Sunday morning, catered by Il Fornaio. They do a really good brunch. Banquet tickets are only $25 at .


Last year, Potlatch 22 was held in conjunction with Foolscap 2013. It was fun. This year, I’m coming back to Foolscap and hosting a Potlatch party. Foolscap 2014 is January 31st – February 2nd. in Redmond, Washington. Check out for info. I hope to see you there! – Tom Becker


Right now, we are actively soliciting ideas for the program. Please go to the Program Ideas page at and suggest topics.

Potlatch is coming up soon. Here is the program timeline: The deadline for getting in program ideas is Friday, January 24th. Starting on Saturday the 25th you can vote on program ideas and suggest panelists (including yourself). Voting will close on Friday, January 31st. Then there will be one week for the panelists to finalize their program topics. Their deadline for getting their final descriptions into the program book is Friday, February 7th.

Now is the time to get involved! If you’d like to be on the program, please let everyone know that you’ll be attending. The simplest and best way to do that is to join. Memberships are still only $50 at . They will be higher at the con.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON (nearby entertainment):

If Potlatch is not quite enough for you, downtown San Jose is full of
theatrical events. Here’s a list of the shows performing downtown while the convention is going on. Check their websites for performance times, ticket prices, and other details.

California Theatre
345 S. First (just around the corner & down the block from the hotel)
“Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini
Opera San Jose
408-437-4450, www.operasj.org

San Jose Stage Company
490 S. First (2 1/2 blocks south)
“The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
408-283-7142, www.thestage.org

City Lights Theater Company
529 S. Second (3 blocks south & east)
“The Smell of the Kill” by Michele Lowe
408-295-4200, www.cltc.org

San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio (3 blocks east & north)
“R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” by D.W.
408-367-7255, www.sjrep.com

Olinder Theatre
848 E. William St. (1 1/2 miles)
“Educating Rita” by Willy Russell
Northside Theatre Company
408-288-7820, www.northsidetheatre.com

Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave. (2 1/4 miles)
“The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez
Renegade Theatre Experiment
408-493-0783, www.renegadetheatre.com

And here’s some musical concerts going on downtown over the weekend. This
does not include night clubs, dance clubs, etc., with which the neighborhood is also well-supplied.

Civic Auditorium
135 W. San Carlos (1/2 block from the hotel)
The Pixies, plus Best Coast
Saturday, 7 pm
408-792-4111, www.sanjosetheaters.org

Erna Gulabyan, piano
Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth (9 blocks from the hotel)
Sunday, 1:30 pm

Civic Auditorium
In the Mood: 1940s Big Band Musical Revue
Sunday, 3 pm
408-792-4111, www.sanjosetheaters.org

Theatre on San Pedro Square
29 N. San Pedro (5 1/2 blocks north & west)
Nineteen Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, 8 pm
408-679-2330, www.tabardtheatre.org/TOSPS/


The workshop is open to all speculative fiction writers, regardless of experience. It’s a place to get feedback on your writing and decide what you need to work on next. You’ll have the chance to hear a professional writer critique your work, along with several of your peers. Critiques will be done in a round-robin Clarion West style. This workshop style allows all the participants to read and critique everyone’s work.

Hugo-winner David D. Levine has volunteered to be the guest professional for our workshop.

Please submit a 2,000 to 8,000 word story in .rtf or .doc format to workshop@potlatch-sf.org by midnight PST on February 1, 2014. You may send your story ahead of time. Formatting for your story should follow the guidelines at http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm

The stories will be rounded up and emailed to the participants. Please let me know if you would prefer hard copy mailings. Please bring hard copy notes or marked-up manuscripts to the workshop.

The workshop will be held Saturday during the lunch break. Lunch will be provided. Please let me know of any dietary restrictions.

Check the website (http://www.potlatch-sf.org/workshop/) for updates as the convention approaches. To attend the workshop, you must purchase a membership to Potlatch.

Any questions? Send them to Jude-Marie Green at workshop@potlatch-sf.org


The Clarion West Auction will be held on Saturday evening from 8-10 pm. Auction proceeds benefit the Clarion West Scholarship Fund and directly assist in developing the talent of aspiring writers. Your donations help create an amusing and profitable event. Your bids at the silent and voice auction gain you possession of odd, unusual, or entertaining artifacts. If you are attending Potlatch, you may send a photograph and description of your donations via email to auction@potlatch-sf.org. Donations may be delivered at the convention. If you are not attending Potlatch but would like to send a donation, you may ship it to:

Dawn Plaskon
1474 Avila Court
Hayward, CA 94544