Ron Oakes

William F. Nolan Horror Writers Society Grand Master

Another bit of news slipped passed us this last month:

Westercon 68 Special Guest, William F. Nolan was named A Grand Master of the World Horror Society last month, and will accept his award at this year’s World Horror Convention in Atlanta Georgia, May 7 through May 10.

We extend our (belated) congratulations to William F. Nolan.

More Help Wanted

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 is a fan run convention, and relies on volunteer labor.

There are other openings for staff and volunteers. Contact our volunteers coordinator Sarah DeMont at or Ron Oakes at  If you are interested in assisting with the convention you may also show up at one of our planning meetings to get more information.

  • Site Selection Administrator – this position has been filled by Deirdre Saoirse Moen
  • Party Coordinator – this position has been filled by Chris Weber and Karen Willson
  • Fan Table Coordinator – this position have been filled by Eylat Poliner


Updated Membership Rates

As of January 1, 2015, an attending membership in Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 has gone up to $65.00. The rate to upgrade from a supporting to an attending membership has gone up accordingly from $40.00 to $50.00. Supporting memberships remain $15.00.

These membership rates are good through March 31, 2015.

Condolences to Spider Robinson

The staff and volunteers of Westercon 68 extend their deepest condolences to our Guest of Honor Spider Robinson upon the passing of his daughter, Terri Luanna daSilva. Shared joy is multiplied, shared pain is lessened.

In addition to her father, Terri is survived by her husband and five-year-old daughter.

Unfortunately, her illness created significant debt.  A site has been set up on where contributions can be made.


Website Updates and Upcoming Deadlines

We have made a couple of updates to the website:

There are also a couple of important upcoming deadlines as well:

  • Dealers Room applications are due by March 1.
  • The first of two submission deadlines for sites wishing to run for Westercon 70 in 2017 is on January 1, 2015.  If no site in the northern, central, or other zones files by this date, any site may file before April 15, 2015 and be eligible.  More information on site selection may be found in the Westercon Bylaws page at

Upcoming Appearences

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be at the following, for sure, before the end of 2014:

At these events we will have an on site only discount of $5.00 on Attending memberships only. Supporting, youth, and membership upgrades will be at their normal price.

We will also be holding a drawing for one attending membership at both events.

Representatives will be at SMOFCon 32 as well.

Comic-Con International and Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27

Comic-Con International, commonly known as San Diego Comic-Con, will be held July 9-12, 2015 (with their preview night on July 8).  This means that Comic-Con International is exactly one week after Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27.  We have no official relationship with Comic-Con International (other than shared volunteer staff).

However, there are some arrangements in place to make it easy for individuals to attend both Westercon 68 and Comic-Con International.  First and foremost, The Town and Country Resort and Conference Center will honor our room rate through the night of Tuesday, July 7.

We are encouraging regular Comic-Con International guests, dealers, and artists to come into town early and participate in both conventions.  If we get commitments from any extra special guests we will be sure to let people know.

Additionally, we will be holding our masquerade on Saturday, July 4.  We encourage anyone considering entering the Comic-Con masquerade to also join Westercon 68 and enter into our masquerade.  This could be especially valuable for novice stage performers – allowing them to get experience in a smaller venue before hand.

Pre Convention Registrar Position Filled

We have filled the position of pre-convention registrar.  Thank you for your consideration.

We have other positions open.  Please check out our staff list and if any of the open (or TBD) positions look like something you can do and would be interested in doing, please contact Ron Oakes at

Help Wanted

Westercon 68 is looking for a pre-convention registrar.

1: Enter registrations received on paper – either at a fan table, or received in the mail – into our current database system.

2: Provide reports to Westercon 68 staff meetings, including the total number of attending and supporting members, and new members received since the last meeting.

3: Work with convention treasurer to ensure that membership revenue and memberships match.

4: Help with Westercon 68 promotion by helping man fan tables and parties at conventions attended, especially outside of your home area.

5: Work with the at-convention registrar to ensure that all pre-registration data is entered, the correct amount of registration supplies are made available, and any other tasks needed to complete the hand-over of the registration process.

6: Recruit at least one additional person to assist with your duties in case unexpected circumstances temporarily or permanently prevent you from performing all of the above.

Skills Needed:
1: Understanding of convention registration – especially supporting and attending memberships, and membership upgrades

2: Familiarity with using web based systems.

3: Willing to learn how to use our web registration system.

Other Requirements
1: Ability to attend Westercon 68 staff meetings in San Diego, either in person or via Skype. Note that Westercon 68 meetings use a Skype setup that allows remote participants to hear clearly, and participate in, most or all of the discussions.

Benefits: Staff membership in Westercon 68.

Note that this is, current, the pre-convention registrar. However, if you are interested in both the pre-convention and at-convention registrars position, please let us know that as well. The at-convention registrar will be expected to recruit staff to assist them at the convention. It is expected that the minimum of 4 persons be part of the at-convention registration staff, including the registrar.

To apply, send an email to Include information on your qualifications for this volunteer position.

Westercon 68 Will be at Westercon 67

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 (“Westercon 68″ for short) will have a distinct presence at Westercon 67, July 3-6, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We will be operating a sales table in the fan table area all three days.

We will also be hosting a party in the Con Suite Friday July 4 from 9:00pm to midnight.  The con suite is in the Presidential Suite (1507) of the convention hotel, the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Center.

If you are going to be at Westercon 67, please stop by.