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...
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...
Our precious Conference Coordinator, Kathy Chung -- has gone missing!
We think she MAY be found under the giant mound of registrations that have poured into #SiWC Central this week...but we can't be sure. While volunteers are trying to dig her out, this is your formal notification of the FINAL 30 hours of our absolutely lowest early-bird prices for this year's conference.
You guys are awesome.
Thank you for making today the best start to SiWC registration in the history of the conference.
It started out a little rocky. As many of you know, for the first time ever, we had glitches. Two, in fact. And because of that, for an agonizing 26 minutes (for us and for you!), nothing was working as it should. SO MUCH STRESS! And then it all got fixed. Woohoo! And you responded in amazing numbers.
When it all settled down, we were so relieved to see that fairness had prevailed. The first thirty people who'd signed up while we were having trouble ended up getting the exact same stuff they tried to register for the first time around. It was a huge weight off our shoulders to know that our glitches didn't actually cost people their spot in the...
We're thrilled to announce that our 2016 workshop schedule is now up on our website. We hope you'll be as excited by it as we are. We have something for every writer, and we hope your biggest problem will be choosing which one session to attend in each time slot. We know that's ours!
We'll add details and more information as we can, but for now, there's more than enough there to get you started. This year, we're offering more content than ever, with eight master classes, including a master class day session for beginning writers, 79 workshops and panels, our unconference (details to come), open mic opportunities, keynote speeches, blue pencil and pitch appointments, Shock Theatre, and more. Simply click on each day button on our schedule page to see the workshops and panels for...
We set a challenge the other day: get us to 1000 Twitter followers and we'd reveal our presenter roster a week earlier than we'd planned. Well, you did it! Thanks very much!
So now we've done it, too! Click on the presenter link on our home page for a current list of the presenters for #SiWC16. We're pretty excited about it, and hope you will be, too. It's early days yet, so check back for additions and more bios over time, but CHECK IT OUT! We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming such a great group of amazing people to Surrey in October.
Hope to see you there, too!
The 2016 SiWC Writing Contest is now accepting entries!Edinburgh Castle firework small.jpg
You could win $1000! Details can be found HERE.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us a story...
~kckcdyer, SiWC Contest Coordinatorwww.kcdyer.comsweetly tweeting @kcdyer
Writers! Are you revving your engines? Are you tying up your laces and knees-up running in place? ARE YOU READY????
The 2016 SiWC Writing Contest will open April 1, 2016. It's almost time!
This year we have a new little twist to offer -- the winners of the contest will be given the opportunity to have their work published in PULP LITERATURE magazine, plus a few other little special extras. You can find all the details HERE on our Rules and Regs page.
Have a story idea, but not down on paper yet? No problem. We will be accepting entries...
Just a brief post this morning to let you know that you can already book your hotel room for SiWC16 at our conference rate.
You'll find hotel information and the link to our group online booking page here: http://www.siwc.ca/venue
Later this year, we'll post our annual room sharing blog for those of you who want to find roommates. Please note that the hotel sells out on some nights every year of our conference.
Wondering what it's like to be at SiWC? Or maybe you were there and you're suffering a little SiWC withdrawal? We have just the thing for you! We've started to round up blogs we've encountered about #SiWC15. Check some of them out here. Have a blog you'd like to add to our list? Email Kathy at email@example.com with the link. And please don't forget to share your pictures with us, too, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to see them.
Thanks to all who took the time to write about their SiWC experience this year. We appreciate it!
Rose Phillips's conference experience: http://rosephillipsrambles.blogspot.ca/2015/10/surrey-international-writers-conference.html...