A Message from Ed Griffin...

For all the local Surrey writers....you will remember Ed is the founder of the Surrey International Writers' Conference. Here is his new endeavour!


You’ve probably heard that Surrey Schools has cancelled all continuing education course for adults. No more guitar classes, Spanish conversation, Punjabi cooking and Creative Writing.

Our creative writing program was the best in the lower mainland. People came from Burnaby, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam and other communities to take our courses. We are not going to let it die. We have started our own non-profit writers’ school, called Surrey Writers’ School. Instead of going to your local school, in many cases you will find our courses at your local library.

It’s essential that we succeed and that we succeed this fall. Even if you’ve taken all the courses you want, please, please mention our courses to your neighbors, friends and co-workers.


Here’s the Fall line-up:

Course: Introduction to Creative Writing

Whalley Library
Wednesdays Sept. 23 – Nov 24, 7 – 9 p.m.

Ed Griffin, Instructor


Workshop: Writing From Life
White Rock Library

Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lois Peterson, Instructor


Course: Shaping better poems - 
       working with a group

Fall 2009. Details to follow

Heidi Greco, Instructor


Writers’ Express 

Saturday, November 14, Newton Library

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Many Instructors

We need your help – I need your help. Please sign up yourself for the course you want. Please twist your neighbor’s arm to sign up. Don’t wait until the last minute.

We succeeded in the past because there are a lot of strong and committed writers in our area. Help us prove this again. As Mr. Obama likes to say, “Yes, we can.”

Sign up at http://surreywritersschool.com/coursesandregistration.aspx

Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. Please.



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When Ed speaks, writers listen! Sign up for a fall course or workshop with Surrey Writers' School (SWS) and help make successes of us all - however we define it. (Info. about the winter session will be available at the SWS table at the conference.) Thanks. LP

I was a student at Ed Griffin's first writers' class held at Semiahmoo Secondary School. Under Ed's watchful eye we received a solid training in all aspects of writing. In following years, the course offered by Ed was supplemented by other courses that finally led to the granting of a writing diploma. Four seniors, including me, were the first recipients of this diploma. Since then I have never stopped writing and have published five books and one article in the Beaver magazine, one of Canada's most reputable publications. I am working on my sixth book. I will be eternally grateful for Ed's initial teachings and can recommend to anyone who wants to write, whether it be for pleasure or profit (??), put yourself in Ed's hands. You will never regret it. Les Hempsall

Ed is a wonderful teacher. He encouraged me and the entire class to express ourselves in a supportive environment. I would heartily recommend him as a teacher.

If you need to know where and how to begin, Ed is your man.