SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Thursday September 29, 2016 - 12:20pm


Many thanks to all who applied for our first SiWC Diversity Scholarship. The applications were amazing: smart, touching, funny, heartfelt, and well-written. We had a tough time picking just one, but of course we had to do exactly that.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the first ever winner of the SiWC Diversity Scholarship is Kristina Shelden

The tag line on Kristina's website sums up the tone of her application perfectly: "To living life and experiencing all it can offer no matter what you're faced with. To the good, the bad, the amazing, the horrific, the fantasmical and everything in between. Cheers!" We're excited to welcome her...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 27, 2016 - 9:12am
Tags: #SiWC16

SiWC sold out small.jpg It's official! Conference passes for SiWC are completely SOLD OUT!

Thank you to all who've registered and made this such a thrilling year for us at SiWC Central. We are so very excited to share #SiWC16 with you!

Please note that individual meal tickets are also no longer available. There is still some space remaining in some of our master classes. If you haven't registered for the conference, but would like to attend a master class, you can register online. If you are a conference registrant who would like to add a master class to your registration, please email our administrator, Jen, at

We're getting lots...

siwcadmin, Thursday September 22, 2016 - 2:29pm

Extra!.jpg Extra Extra!

Want to nab a piece of prime real estate in the #SiWC16 brochure? Classified ads, only $15 each are still available!

Three lines [15 words] for $15.

Email Better make it quick -- we go to print SOON!


kc dyer, Director, #SiWC16

sweetly tweeting @kcdyer

siwcadmin, Tuesday September 20, 2016 - 4:44pm

Man. September is HURTLING to a close and the conference approacheth apace!

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A couple of quick notes here. Are you working on your costume yet? 'Cause, come ON! Once Upon A Time ...Machine offers a lot of scope for decent costumery! [No pressure if it's not your thing, of course!]

Also, a reminder that today is the last day to get any kind of refund on your registration if you need to cancel. We have a BIG waiting list, so please -- if you can't make it, let us know today, so that someone else can come in your place. We have a handful -- less than a handful, actually, of Sunday-only spaces left. Questions? Email conference admin istrator Jennifer Browne at...

siwcadmin, Wednesday September 7, 2016 - 2:18pm

Have you written your story yet?

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With the first day of the new year ...[What? Isn't that what Labour Day really is?] ... the entries are beginning to pour in for this year's contest. You still have time to write your masterpiece, though, as the deadline this year is Friday, September 23rd, at midnight.

All the details for the contest this year can be found HERE, and you can enter as often as you like, for $15 per entry. These entry fees are directly returned to help support our not-for-profit conference, which is shaping up to be WONDERFUL this year.

Questions? Email me at...

KathyChung, Wednesday August 17, 2016 - 9:32am

What a summer it's been so far here at SiWC Central. We've seen unprecedented registration since we opened, which is hugely exciting for us. Thank you to all who've made every single day a "can you believe this?" kind of day for us. We're so looking forward to seeing all of you at SiWC in October!

With two months to go until the confrence opens, we're down to just a few spaces left. If you want to be part of this year's SiWC, don't delay! We still have Basic, Saturday Only, Sunday Only, and Young Writers' packages available, but only a handful of each. Go to to register soon. 

As of August 16, we're completely sold out of both Friday...

KathyChung, Friday August 5, 2016 - 2:13pm

Thank you for making this such an exciting year for us so far. Thanks to your lack of procrastination, this year's conference is almost (but NOT QUITE) sold out. Don't leave it too long if you want to register! We're down to single digits available of some registration packages.

Because of the early response, the hotel has filled faster than usual, too, and IS sold out, at least on some of the nights. Want to come to #SiWC16 but don't yet have a hotel room? Don't despair! Call the Sheraton directly to get on the waiting list. 

Prefer to be absolutely sure of getting a room? Across the street and down a couple of blocks, in easy walking distance from the Sheraton, is the Sandman Suites Guildford. If you're a loyal Sheraton customer and don't mind being a little further...

KathyChung, Monday July 4, 2016 - 12:52pm

It's time, once again, for our annual room share blog. 

Hoping to find a hotel roommate to share expenses at this year's SiWC? This is the place for you!

Even if you're not sharing, this is your reminder to book soon using our group rate for best prices and in-room internet included. You can book your room here: Don't leave it too long! The hotel always sells out, and at last check, it was getting awfully close to sold out already. 

If you are looking for a room share, please feel free to use the comment section below to try to connect with a kindred spirit. We suggest you post whether you have a room booked or are looking to share costs with someone who does, what's important to you in a...

KathyChung, Monday June 27, 2016 - 4:41pm

Thanks to a great response to our first unconference in 2015, we're pleased to bring the SiWC Unconference back to #SiWC16. This is your chance for SiWC attendees to get more involved by bringing up and/or participating in conversations about craft and the business of writing that interest them.

Our unconference moderator, Sean Cranbury, put together the following information for you. If you love the idea of contributing your voice to the conference, these sessions may be for you. Please note that to be considered as one of the unconference speakers, you must be a registered attendee at the conference by the submission deadline. Now here's Sean with the info:

Join us at the Second Annual SiWC Unconference!

Bring your ideas! Engage directly with...

KathyChung, Thursday June 16, 2016 - 2:34pm

Our community of writers is AWESOME. You know that already. Occasionally, one of you completely amazes us. This is one of those times.

A generous attendee, who prefers to remain anonymous, has given us funds to offer the SiWC Diversity Scholarship to one lucky recipient this year.

If you have already registered for this year’s conference, you may have noted the opportunity to give $5 to this scholarship fund. It is our goal to be able to offer this scholarship again in future years, funded by attendee contributions. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund in addition to or instead of a registration form contribution, please let us know using the contact form on our website. Thank you!

Check out the scholarship details for the Diversity Scholarship...