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kcdyer, Friday October 24, 2014 - 7:48am

Well, it's finally here! SiWC14 began with a collection of wonderful Master Classes yesterday, and the conference itself begins this morning. A note to all contest entrants that the short-listed writers have all been notified and the winners will be announced this evening after the banquet. Thank you so much to all who entered -- see you next year!

 On-site registration is still being accepted, so if you make a last-minute decision to attend, please come and join the fun! We've got more than 70 workshops, panels and events planned, pitch sessions and the blue pencil cafe are still booking and of course, Michael Slade's Shock Theatre late tonight is not to be missed.

Hope to see you here in Surrey!



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KathyChung, Monday October 20, 2014 - 9:08am
Tags: siwc14

It's here!

A whole year of planning, scheming, dreaming, and waiting culminates in this week's Surrey International Writers' Conference, and we are so very excited to share it with you. 

If you missed registering before our cut-off, you'll be pleased to know we will be offering on-site registration. Our registration desk opens in the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23, at 9am, mostly for people checking in for master classes, but you can register then, too, and will be open throughout the conference day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can check out the registration details on our registration page

See you in a few days!




KathyChung, Sunday October 5, 2014 - 9:05am

Those of you who work best to a deadline, take note! 

Pre-conference registration for SiWC 2014 will close on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 10:00 pm

Unless we sell out by October 19, registration will open again on site at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23, and will be open daily through the conference weekend. For all registration packages except young writers and existing registrants wanting to add master classes, which will remain unchanged, please add 10% to posted pre-conference rates for on-site pricing.

See you soon!



kcdyer, Saturday October 4, 2014 - 3:46pm
Tags: brochure, #siwc14

Hey -- if you have a product or a service that you'd like to pitch to folks in the publishing industry, this is your last chance to get into the 2014 SiWC Brochure. Distributed to every attendee, presenter, volunteer and advertiser, you'll reach a BIG audience for a very modest price. AND you'll help support the best* writers' conference in the world!


Interested? Contact and we'll make it happen!




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*as noted by many an attendee and presenter!

KathyChung, Wednesday October 1, 2014 - 4:37pm

Like our annual room share blog, this one's all about the comments. Looking for someone to share a ride from the airport or the ferry terminal? Post in the comments. Want to carpool from other parts of YVR? Post that, too. Happy to drive, but looking for someone to ride with you and share gas and parking charges? Ask away.

KathyChung, Monday September 29, 2014 - 10:52am

With #siwc14 coming up in less than a month, we though some of you might be wondering what to expect, especially if it's your first time or you're on the fence about committing to coming. We could tell you, but we couldn't say it any better than our attendees do. This guest post comes to you from Ev Bishop, a writer who makes the trek to SiWC as often as she can. Enjoy!

Because I just realized that it’s exactly a month until I leave for the 2014 Surrey International Writers’ Conference, I give you a happy pre-conference blurt that I wrote way back on June 10th, 2009 just after I paid my registration fee and booked my hotel and flights for SiWC 2009.

I didn’t attend last year’...

KathyChung, Friday September 26, 2014 - 10:11am

Hello, all! And happy Friday to you.

We've had some great guesses come in for this year's theme contest, some of which we should definitely consider for future years. A couple of you came close, and we're pretty impressed, on the strength of one hint, just how close you got. But sadly, we are without a winner.

Winner or no, however, the time has come to reveal this year's theme. 

Before I do, though (she said, stretching out the moment), for those of you who are new to SiWC, let me explain. Friday evening at the conference is theme night, and we encourage you to wear theme-related costumes, if you're interested in doing so, to our Friday night banquet. Not a costume person? No problem. Dress at dinner will range from the day's conference wear to a little dressier...

KathyChung, Saturday September 13, 2014 - 10:28am

In a few days, we'll reveal this year's theme so those of you who're into costumes can figure out what you're going to wear to our Friday night banquet.

But as always, we want to give you a chance to guess, using our ridiculous, extremely vague hints. I mean, we could tell you now, but then we'd have to kill you. Or maybe we could make something up to throw you off the trail...

Guesses to me at kathychung at Reveal in a few days.

Stay tuned!

KathyChung, Friday September 5, 2014 - 12:50pm

Here at SiWC Central and all over the rest of British Columbia, this post-Labour-Day week is typically the one that sees us back to our fall routines. Kids here return to school, and we begin to get back into the regular groove. Labour Day seems to work that way in a lot of places, something we considered when we chose today as our early bird registration cut-off. But for BC residents, at least, this week has been anything but normal. BC teachers are on strike, so what should have been back to school and routine is instead a scramble to figure out what to do with kids who'd otherwise be in class.

We can't solve the impasse between the teachers and the BC government, but we can do our little bit to help take the pressure off remembering all the things you have to get done in the...

KathyChung, Friday August 22, 2014 - 10:13am
Tags: siwc14, keynotes

Hello, hello! And a very happy Friday to you.

We have exciting news! (Seriously; we've been bouncing in our chairs here at SiWC Central, and a couple of us, who shall remain nameless, have even fallen out of them from chair dancing a little too vigorously. One may even have scared an innocent dog with her shriek of glee.) 

We're absolutely thrilled to reveal the identities of our keynote speakers for #SiWC14. They are

Friday morning: Peter Rubie

Friday evening: Sarah Wendell

Saturday morning: Cory Doctorow

Saturday evening: Chuck Wendig

Sunday morning: Laura Bradbury

Sunday afternoon: Hallie Ephron

Thank you to each and every one of them for taking on the job. I can't wait to hear what they have to say.

If you haven'...