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siwcadmin, Friday March 31, 2017 - 9:26am


The 25th Annual writing contest opens tomorrow -- April 1st. It'll be the one thing you can believe foolin'!

Deadline is September 15, 2017 at midnight.

Cost: $15/entry

Storyteller's Award First prize: $1000, Honourable Mention $150

Look to our contest page for all the rules and regulations, but know that since it's our 25th, the prize packages will be EXTRA sparkly.

Questions? Email me at

See you here tomorrow!

~kckc dyer, writing contest coordinator

KathyChung, Monday March 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Pulp Literature

Issue 14 of Pulp Literature is now available, featuring the winning story in our 2016 writing contest, written by Claire Gregory. Congratulations again to Claire for her wonderful story, and many thanks to Pulp Literature for publishing our winner this year!

Check out the edition here.

siwcadmin, Thursday March 2, 2017 - 8:51am

#SiWC16 Contest Winner Claire Greer with Diana Gabaldon & Jack Whyte

We are less than one month out from the start of our 2017 SiWC Writing Contest -- and we're excited! The contest this year opens April 1, 2017, and closes at midnight on September 22. This is a picture of last year's winner, Claire Greer of Australia, collecting her prize from judges Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon. It was a thrilling moment for everyone present. And this could be you in October!

2017 marks our 25th Annual Conference, and we have all kinds of surprises for you. As I type this, we are working on a brand spanking new website to bring all the excitement to you with the flash and...

siwcadmin, Wednesday January 25, 2017 - 12:48pm

We certainly live in interesting times.

While the news has often been horrifying lately, all the more reason to celebrate small victories.

This week two #SiWC alumni were awarded 2017 Stonewall Book Honors, granted yearly to 'English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience' and we want to shout our congratulations from the rooftop!


To Ivan Coyote, for THE TOMBOY SURVIVAL GUIDE, published by Arsenal Pulp Press:


And to Robin Stevenson for PRIDE, published by Orca Books:

KathyChung, Thursday January 5, 2017 - 4:20pm
Tags: #SiWC17

Happy new year!

Welcome to 2017! We're already hard at work planning this year's conference, our 25th! 

You'll notice we've taken down last year's presenters and workshops to avoid confusion. We'll begin posting this year's details in March (or maybe even February - stay tuned!). It's our silver anniversary conference, and we're pretty excited about that. We're hoping to make it our best yet, offering, as ever, the best professional devlopment for writers we can find and bring together for you. You can count on seeing lots of new faces as well as some of our regulars, so there'll be something for everyone. 

Mark your calendars: our writing contest opens April 1; registration will open in early June; and the 25th annual SiWC will run October 20-22, with master classes...

siwcadmin, Monday October 24, 2016 - 9:02am

Writer and Literary Agent Donald Maass gives the Sunday keynote

The 2016 Surrey International Writers' Conference, quite possibly the BEST ever, has come to a close. Watch this space for a wrap-up post from the amazing Kathy Chung, pictures and other celebrations of this unforgettable event. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow @SiWCtweets and #ThisDayWeWrite year-round on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch with our wonderful conference community. If you missed getting a handout from a workshop, or have any marvellous pictures you'd be willing to share, contact me at

Thank you for coming --...

siwcadmin, Monday October 17, 2016 - 11:28am

SiWC sold out small.jpg This is the week! #SiWC16 is coming, beginning with Master Classes on Thursday!

Please note there will be NO on-site registration this year.* All conference registrations are completely sold out.

We are so thrilled our #SiWC community is coming out in droves to join us this year. And remember, if you missed out this year, 2017 is our 25th year anniversary, so we'll be pulling out all the stops. Registration opens in June. Mark your calendars!

For those who are lucky enough to join us this year -- see you soon!

* The ONLY exception is that we have some space in most of our Thursday master classes. On-site registration for these will be open on...

KathyChung, Wednesday October 12, 2016 - 11:32am

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

It's helpful to say whether you are looking to share a cab, be a carpool driver or be a carpool passenger as well as where you'll be coming from (airport, ferry, or elsewhere) and what day(s) and approximate time(s) you're planning on coming and going. Please be smart...

KathyChung, Thursday October 6, 2016 - 3:31pm

Hayley Lavik

We're absolutely delighted to introduce our conference ambassador, Hayley E. Lavik. Her goal at the conference is to make sure you have someone to sit with at meals or talk to in the bar (or anywhere else) if you need it, whether this is your first SiWC or your umpteenth. She's all about helping people build community at SiWC, and she's awesome. Please find her at the conference and say hello! She's put together this survivial guide for you, useful for new and returning attendees alike. And if you are new and would like help getting a feel for the hotel and where everything happens, details of Hayley's Friday morning orientation session are at the end of this post.

Here's Hayley!

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.

With Kristina's permission, we're sharing a piece of her application letter with you:

I don’t want to dream anymore. I want to do.