Potlatch 13

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.

What's New (last updated Tuesday, June 29, 2004)

Potlatch 13 did indeed happen, and we had a great time. Look for info on next year's Potlatch 14 soon.

Basic Information

  • What: Potlatch 13, a discussion-oriented science fiction convention
  • When: February 27, 28, 29, 2004
  • Where: The Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle, Washington. This is the second time for us at this hotel, located near Seattle Center. More information here.

Potlatch 13 offers the chance for both serious opinionating and frantic fun; for writers to brainstorm together, for readers to understand writers, for writers to appreciate readers; for fans to enumerate, elaborate, berate, be great; for book buying, outbidding, intense dining, barnstorming in the bar, connecting to the interweb; for dancing in the 'hood, experiencing music, projecting personae; and for giving generously while supporting the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Special Bulletins

Friday, February 27, 2004 -- Registration and Hospitality open today at 3 pm. The Dealers Room opens at 5 pm. Our first program item is Terrascaping Jane's Head at 8 pm.

Saturday, February 21, 2004 -- A partial auction catalog has been posted for the Clarion West benefit auction. Says auction coordinator Kate Schaefer, "This year's auction features many terrific books, manuscripts, and proofs, paintings, jewelry, clothing, and eccentric collectibles. This is only a partial catalog, as I'm frantically cataloging and sorting. I'll still be doing so up to the last minute, as stuff arrives at the convention."

Our intrepid hotel liaison was recently informed that the Best Western Executive Inn has two other groups in the hotel on Friday night. They're using little, if any function space, and will be out by Saturday. What this means, though, is that there aren't many rooms left for Friday night, and those are going fast. If you haven't yet made reservations, you can still get rooms at our rate.

Progress Reports


Memberships in Potlatch 13 cost:
  • $30 until May 30 postmark.
  • $40 until February 15, 2004.
  • $50 until February 20, via Paypal. After that, at the door only.
  • $20 for people aged 11 to 17. (Under 11 free when accompanied by an adult.)
  • $10 supporting (convert to attending at rate in effect at time of conversion.)

There will be a banquet Sunday at brunch time.

If you're wondering if you have your membership yet, you can view our current membership list.

Book of Honor

Our Book of Honor is The Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner.


If you want to participate in the discussion end of programming, please sign up for P13disc, our discussion email list. More programming details and description here.

Writer's Workshop

Details have been posted about the Writer's Workshop; L. Timmel Duchamp and David D. Levine are our instructors this year.

How to Contact Us

There's a discussion list that con members can join: P13disc, to talk, discuss, speculate, trade info, and otherwise communicate with the concom and each other.

Potlatch Memories

Previous Potlatch websites: Potlatch 12, Potlatch 11, Potlatch 10, Potlatch 9, Potlatch 7.

Potlatch Conreps

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