SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 11:10am
Tags: siwc15, photos, blogs

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 with the link. And please don't forget to share your pictures with us, too, at 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:

KathyChung, Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 12:56pm
Tags: siwc15

Huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to SiWC this year. We owe the magic of our event to all of you, attendees, presenters, volunteers, vendors, and hotel staff alike. We could NOT do this without you, and your joyful participation makes all our hard work worthwhile. 

THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you.

Want to keep sharing the love? Please send any photos and video clips you're willing to share to We'd love to see them, and we'll have a prize in a month or so for someone who sends their pictures in.


kcdyer, Friday October 9, 2015 - 11:37pm

Hey, so if you entered a story in our contest this year, CHECK YOUR EMAIL. I have just notified the short-listed authors -- all eleven of you -- and I need to know that you know.

We ask that our shortlisted authors keep their celebrations quiet until our contest winners are announced on Friday, October 23, to help us preserve the blind aspect of our judging. It's a small writing world out there on the internet, for sure, for sure.

Best of luck to those shortlisted, and THANK YOU to all the writers who entered this contest. Please know that your contest entrance fee goes 100% to support SiWC, helping us bring you the BEST writing professionals in the world.

See you in two weeks -- This Day We Write!



kcdyerSiWC Director, Conference...
KathyChung, Friday October 9, 2015 - 1:00pm
Tags: #siwc15

Hello! I have a message for you from our volunteer coordinator, Jared. Read on! And see you in just two weeks!

Drivers Needed!   We are looking for some friendly, experienced drivers to provide transportation for conference presenters. In particular we have some early (early!) trips from the hotel to the airport on Sunday and Monday as well as some airport-to-hotel rides on Wednesday and Thursday. Drivers will be reimbursed $20 per trip to help offset their fuel costs.   If you’re not available for driving but you’d like to help out the conference we’d still like to hear from you!   Please use the contact form here to get in touch. Don't forget to select volunteering from the drop down menu! Our...
kcdyer, Saturday October 3, 2015 - 6:38pm

Hey Guys!

Just a quick note here -- we are putting together the final pages of our conference brochure for this year. It is, as always, a thing of beauty, loaded with information about every element of the conference, and distributed to every attendee, presenter, volunteer and advertiser at our event. We do a print run of more than 1000 copies, and this is your LAST chance to get your ad into all those industry hands.

Pricing is very reasonable and the success rate for ads is high. [One editor who advertised last year told me that she got two job requests the FIRST day of the conference last year, which covered the cost of the ad two times over. So, yanno -- it's a great place to be if you've got something you want to pitch to people in the industry!]


KathyChung, Friday October 2, 2015 - 9:09am


We're writers, too, so we know some of you need a deadline to get stuff done. Here's a big one for you. Pre-conference registration for #SiWC15 will close Friday, October 16 at 5pm Pacific UNLESS we sell out by then, which is a distinct possibility. 

So far, this has been our best registration year EVER. We've never been this close to selling out by three weeks before the conference (writers really do love to procrastinate!), so if you're planning to come, don't leave it much longer. We don't want you to miss out! (Also, this is SO exciting for us here at SiWC Central. Every time we check the numbers, we see a new to-date record set. It's AWESOME! Thank you to all our registrants for adding to our enjoyment.)

In the event we don't sell out by...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 29, 2015 - 11:19am

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 about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other...

kcdyer, Sunday September 20, 2015 - 12:37pm

As the time for the 23rd annual conference nears, we here at SiWC Central are getting very excited. Behind the scenes a veritable HIVE of volunteers are abuzz with activity. Contest judging has commenced and numbers are being finalized for all the amazing activities we have in store for you this year. A few thoughts for you to contemplate...


1. Volunteers are the life-blood of this conference -- we could not put this event on without you! We are still looking for a few good helpers, so if you have time over the 3rd weekend in October and rubbing elbows with a bunch of crazy and/or bestselling [not mutually exclusive, of course!] authors and other industry pros is something that you enjoy, please get in touch! You can reach us through the contact form on this...

kcdyer, Thursday September 17, 2015 - 11:47pm

Please join us in congratulating the following young writers who are the successful applicants for these, our inaugural Tan Seagull Scholarships.

Attending our Young Writers day on Friday, October 23 with a full-day scholarship will be:

Jared Beukers of Abbotsford, BC Maiya Chan of Port Moody, BC Judy Lee of North Vancouver, BC Simran Kainth of Surrey, BC Madi McWilliam of Langley, BC Rosemary Mucklestone of Arlington, Washington, USA Ashley Sharma of Abbotsford, BC, and Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff of North Vancouver, BC

And, coming to us all the way from Nelson on the south island of New Zealand, will be our 2015 full conference scholarship winner, Courtney Davis!

WooHOOO! What a great group of young writers! We are thrilled to welcome you all.


kcdyer, Monday September 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
Tags: #contest

Writers! You've got until Friday at midnight. That's FIVE whole days to get your story in to the 23rd Annual SiWC Writing Contest.

There's a thousand dollars on the line, the chance to have your work read and judged by two amazing best-selling authors and the GLORY of participating in this wonderful event. It's a tradition -- be a part of it! Also, please note that while our entry fee has not changed since before the turn of the century [!!!], all the proceeds still go toward funding our wonderful not-for-profit conference. We support writers helping writers -- it's a great cause!

So put your pen to paper, fork over the 15 bucks and be a part of history, okay?

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