SiWC Blog

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.

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!

SiWC16 typewriter small.jpg

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...