I'm just back from a family vacation, and the frightening state of my email inbox is about to be your gain.
To give me a bit of time to catch up before I turn my attention to sorting the unconference submissions for the board to consider, I'm extending the submission deadline. Instead of today, the deadline will now be Friday, August 21 at 5pm Pacific. We have received a solid number of submissions, but I know from talking with some of you that there are more of you out there with great information to share. Whether you've been on the fence, debating whether you want to get up in front of an audience for 15 minutes even though you have something great to say, or you've been meaning to submit, but summer busyness got in the way of good...
So, I'm on the road touring my new novel FINDING FRASER [in St. Albert, Alberta at the moment, actually] and hoping that YOU are having the best summer EVAH! But now that the dog days of summer are here, I wanted to remind you that the Early Bird pricing for the conference this year lasts only until the end of this very month. We at SiWC Central have learned, over the years, just how deadline-devoted most writers are, and we certainly get lots of last-minute registrations.
But why not make this the year you book yourself in early enough to take advantage of our excellent Early Bird rates?
[This financial reminder brought to you by the writer who paid her property taxes 12 HOURS late this year and had to eat a 10% penalty. Let's just say I KNOW...
Ed Griffin, founder of this conference twenty-three years ago, died yesterday after a valiant struggle with cancer. While Ed's health has prevented him from participating in the conference in the past year or two, his presence has and will continue to be felt through the Griffin Award, named in his honour. Ed was the author of five books on writing, and leaves behind his wife Kathy, and his loving family.
We found this picture of a bearded Ed at the first planning meeting for SiWC, held in the Cloverdale Starbucks. [You might also recognize Board member emeritus Ursula Maxwell Lewis and our wonderful emcee Carol Monaghan, who were both also conference originators. [photo, courtesy Ursula Maxwell-Lewis]
Last February, when faced with what he felt would be...
By popular request, 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: http://www.siwc.ca/room-bookings. Don't leave it too long! The hotel always sells out.
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 roommate (ie gender if you care, early-to-bed or early...
Happy Canada Day! Hope it was a Sunshine-y Day of the Best Sort for you.
Here at SiWC Central, Canada Day marked the best start to Registration for 2015 we've ever had. YAY!! It's going to be a fantastic conference this fall, for sure. Please note that our Early Bird pricing is now in effect, and will last throughout the summer until September 5th. Why not get your seat to the fun early? Registration info can be found HERE.
Canada Day also marked the entry deadline for our new Tan Seagull Young Writer's Scholarship. The decision committee is now in possession of the entry forms and the read-throughs are underway.
HUGE congratulations to all the young writers who gathered their materials, bled their stories out...
We have an AWESOME scholarship on offer this year for young writers, and the deadline is July 1. One writer 22 years old or younger will be offered a FULL Conference Package for #SiWC15, and two others will be offered Friday-only student slots [Full day passes, including banquet lunch this year!].
If you have a young writer in your life who might be interested, PLEASE have them apply!
Details are HERE.
Application form is HERE.
It'll take some time to fill out the application, so don't leave it to the last minute. Please help us spread the word!
Brand new at #SiWC15 is the SiWC Unconference.
What is an unconference? It’s a mini conference-within-a-conference, a quick-moving, exciting opportunity to learn new stuff and, for some of you, to teach. Our unconference will offer selected SiWC attendees 15 minutes to share their expertise on a variety of topics.
This event arose out of the understanding that we have hundreds of attendees who know a great deal about a variety of stuff, and that many of you would love a chance to share your expertise with your peers, something lots of you have told us on our annual conference evaluation forms.
We are now open to submissions from people who would like to participate in the SiWC Unconference. Is that you?
The unconference is open only to SiWC...
We LOVE when our writers find their stories between the pages of a book, and today, celebrations are in order for one of our own.
Kathleen Bullock, who won Honourable Mention in the Writing For Young People contest in 2007, has had her first Middle Grade novel released -- just yesterday. Check out this beautiful cover!
You can find it HERE on Amazon.
HUGE congratulations go out to Kathleen -- enjoy your new baby book!
~kckc dyerDirector, #SiWC15kcdyer.com FindingFraser.email@example.com tweeting @kcdyer
What a day!
With three hours left in the day here in Surrey, we are absolutely thrilled to note this has already been our best ever opening day of registration. Thank you to all who took the time to register today; it's supremely gratifying to see the registrations fly in on the first day, and we so appreciate you.
Remember, if you haven't registered yet, you can still benefit from our special June pricing until the end of the month. Space remains in all our registration packages and master classes except Jack Whyte's Manuscript Critique class, which sold out in the first few hours of registration today.
More soon, but first, we're going to step away from the computer for tonight and revel in the day's successes.