Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703
Another Potlatch tradition that we will be perpetuating is the Sunday brunch. The price of the brunch is not included in your membership, so if you haven't bought your brunch ticket yet, be sure to do so soon -- this brunch will sell out, and is certain to be the fannish event of the season. And no, we don't know what Salmon Tidbits are. But I'm sure they'll be delicious.
Potlatch 5 will get rolling on Friday night and will wrap up Sunday afternoon; see Luke and Jane's Programming report for more details on what's happening in between. If you find yourself with time on your hands before or after the con, there's plenty to do in the vicinity of the hotel (Powell's, the world's largest bookstore, is just a few blocks away) and elsewhere in Portland -- see Kate's Opinionated Local report.
This Progress Report is being sent only to those who are already members, or who have explicitly requested it. If there's someone you're looking forward to seeing at the con, but their name isn't on the membership list, give them a call and tell them to sign up right away! (Even if they can't make it to the con, at least you can have a nice chat.)
One final note: I want to warn you that the operative word for this Potlatch will be "cozy." The programming space is just large enough for everything we want to do, the guest rooms are rather small, and the hospitality suite consists of two of those rather-small guest rooms (a third room will be available in the evening). Selecting a convention hotel always involves compromises, and we felt that the location, charm, and price of this hotel were more than enough to offset its diminutive size. So keep those elbows in, and leave those hoop skirts at home (yes, Sonia, this means you). If you feel crowded, you can adjourn to the lobby or the bar (which allows smoking, and is backed by a really intriguing rocky grotto) or go for a walk -- even in February, Portland's climate is mild. Don't forget your umbrella.
I'll turn you over now to the rest of the committee. See you in February!
This year, we hope to take you from the roots of speculative fiction in mythology and fantasy, through to the future of electronic/multimedia fiction, stopping along the way to examine the interaction of reader and writer, and the process of creativity over the life span of a writer.
And if that's not enough, see the microprogramming write-up later in this PR for an idea about how you can start your own programming.
We also have some surprises in store for you (and us!) in the line of Portland silliness you've come to expect: a Fanthorpe reading, the secret evolutionary connections of Groundhogs and Beavers, and Whose Line Is It, Anyway? We also hope to show The Lathe of Heaven at 7:30 on Friday. This will be our "Film of Honor." So: stay tuned. We're glad you could join us!
Jane Hawkins and Luke McGuff
snail: P.O. Box 31848
Seattle, WA 98103
This is only the beginning of its potential. Have you read an especially engaging book? Form a book discussion group and see who shows up. And don't feel you have to be an expert on a topic either; if it interests you or makes you curious, microprogramming provides a way to share ideas and learn with others. Our Opinionated Local has some suggestions about local expeditions.
We'll provide sign-up sheets on which ideas can be identified and help facilitate the process of finding a place and time, and letting the convention attendees know this information.
This is my first Potlatch, so ideas on how to best accomplish this are much appreciated.
If you are new to workshopping, the Taste of Clarion is your best option. This will take the form of an equal number of new and published writers, and will be a supportive learning experience. If you have experience with workshops, then the Recombinant workshop may interest you. This will be a small peer workshop, in the Clarion style. Submit up to 3500 words in manuscript format, and specify your choice of workshop.
We are also offering an opportunity to workshop a novel synopsis this year. This will be a Clarion style workshop, and will provide feedback on plot structure, character and milieu interest, and reader reaction your novel. Submit up to ten pages of a detailed synopsis. No sample chapter(s).
There is a five dollar charge to cover copy and distribution. Send submissions and fee to: Mary Rosenblum, 9100 SE 152nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236. Final deadline for mailing your manuscripts is January 5th. See you at the workshops!
Single (double bed) $65 Double (1 queen bed) $70 Double (twin beds) $75 Double (2 double beds) $85 Double (king bed) $90 Triple/quad (double beds) $90
Imperial HotelWhen you arrive, hotel guests may take advantage of the FREE valet parking. You can locate registration and the dealers' room in the King's Room just off the lobby.
400 S.W. Broadway (at Stark)
Portland, OR 97205
FAX (503) 223-4551
Coffee or Tea
Barbecued Salmon Tidbits
Friday 3 pm - 7 pmDealers are:
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
A Sense of Wonder
Registration will be located in the Kings Room (also Dealers) on the left side of the lobby and will be open from 3 pm to 7 pm on Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. It will move upstairs to Hospitality for the evenings. There will be fun stuff for badge decorating.
Attention publishers/editors: we still need donations for freebie give-aways to Potlatch members. Books and other promotional items will increase your visibility at the convention to all attendees.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Send all donations to:
Clarion West Scholarship Auction
c/o Mark Bourne
6233 SE 40th
Portland, OR 97202
There is space to perch a car briefly in front of the hotel. Guests get free valet parking. Non-guests: there's a garage directly across the street under the Bank of California building, accessible from Broadway (right lane) or Stark. Parking meters are free after 6 pm & Sundays. (Many loading zones also become fair game after business hours, so check the signs.) The Smart Park garage off Stark St. is CLOSED all or part of the weekend -- avoid! Most downtown streets are one-way, of course; 5th and 6th allow car traffic in places but are predominantly bus streets. Broadway is the equivalent of 7th Avenue.
As mentioned before, the Opinionated Local intends to make the rough text of the restaurant/etc. guide available by request only if you're coming into town early and need that info before the con starts. I can also research specific questions. Contact me through the con address or directly at email@example.com, and ask for the Galley Proofs. Either way, allow more time than you think.
Here's a coupla lunch ideas to prime the pump:
Greg Abraham Marcia G. Barbara Oldham Jae Leslie Adams Jeanne Gomoll Margaret Organ-Kean Judi Andersen Sarah Goodman Myrna Ougland John C. Andrews Eileen K. Gunn Lyn Paleo Shirley Atkins Ian K. Hagemann Spike Parsons Karen E. Babich David G. Hartwell Berni Phillips Freddie Baer Jane E. Hawkins Linda Pilcher Allen J. Baum Pat Henderson D. Potter Thomas W. Becker Ariel Hudson Neil Rest Dee Berry Jim Hudson Susan Rich Vince Bonasso Bill Humphries Kelly Robson Alan Bostick Mary Kay Kare Mary H. Rosenblum Sheila L. Bostick Jerry Kaufman Jake Rosenblum Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne Alessandra Kelley Anita M. Rowland Mark Bourne Amelia Kramer Ruth Sachter David Bratman Ellen Kushner Sharon Sbarsky David Bray John Ladwig Karen Schaffer Linda Bray Janet Lafler Ariel Shattan Lyman R. Caswell Conrad Larsen Delia Sherman Suzy McKee Charnas Jane Larsen Fran Skene Mara Charnell Ursula K. Le Guin Kevin Standlee David Clark Hope Leibowitz Sue Storm Loren W. Cooper David Levine Amy Thomson Kathryn Cramer David Librik Suzle Tompkins Lindsay Crawford Keith Lofstrom Barb Treen Debbie Cross John R. Lorentz Dave Treen Scott Custis Marci Malinowycz Judy L. Tucker Kathy Dailey Faye Manning-Crawford Miriam Volpin Pamela Davis Louise Marley Anthony D. Ward Denise DiFilippo Elise Matthesen Michael J. Ward Alyx Dellamonica Luke T. McGuff Marc Wells Michael Denton Vonda N. McIntrye Patty Wells Bruce Durocher John Mead Donya White Dan Duval Kamila Z. Miller Tom Whitmore Lise Eisenberg Rory Miller Art Widner Doug Faunt Paul E. Molander LeAnne Woolf Leslie R. Fisher Devon Monk Richard Wright Don Fitch Pat Murphy Paul Wrigley Terry Floyd Robert Nansel Kate Yule Page Fuller Jim Nichols Sue Yule Richard Garfinkle Debbie Notkin Char Glenn Carol Nussbaum
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